Namibia: Cannabis Activists Go To High Court In Legalization Bid

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Cannabiz Africa reports Two leading Namibian cannabis activists are challenging the constitutionality of that country’s drug laws.   According to the Namibian Online on 6 September 2021 president and secretary general of the Ganja Users of Namibia (GUN), Brian Jaftha and Borro Ndungula have filed papers in the Windhoek High Court. Their lawyer Kadhila Amoomo says they are seeking to have cannabis legalized and for cannabis prisoners to be freed. Jaftha and Ndungula are suing the government, the country’s prosecutor general, the inspector general of the Namibian Police, the minister of justice, and the minister of health and social services. Click Image to watch FB video of TV News Report  The two men say in their claim they are charged in pending cannabis-related cases in Windhoek, with Jaftha facing charges in two matters, and Ndungula charged in eight cases. They also say they are taking the legal action for their own rights to use dagga, to challenge the constitutionality of all laws prohibiting dagga in Namibia, and in defence of the charges against themselves. Brian Jaftha and Borro Ndungula Except for asking the court to declare that legislation prohibiting the possession and use of cannabis is invalid because it is inconsistent with the Constitution, they want all mention of cannabis to be removed from the Abuse of Dependence-Producing Substances and Rehabilitation Centres Act of 1971, people presently imprisoned for the use or possession of cannabis to be released from jail, and the criminal records of everyone previously convicted of possessing cannabis in Namibia to be wiped clean. They further want the court to order that the prosecution in their pending matters should be stopped. According to Jaftha and Ndungula, the criminalisation of cannabis “is irrational and unjustified and unjust” and violates a number of their constitutional rights, including the rights to human…

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