Dagga ruling – how it all started

Afterwards Rastafarians sang and cheered outside court and said they would make September 18 a national holiday for them to remember the victory.

They called Prince who brought the case “Ganga Prince”‚ referring to the slang name for marijuana.

“Ganga Prince. After 18 years we are free‚” shouted a man in the crowd.

His dreadlocked followers thanked him for spending 18 years allowing them to smoke dagga without fear of arrest and allowing them to practise the Rastafarian religion.

Prince first fought the ban on Rastafarians smoking dagga 18 years ago

When he tried to be admitted as a lawyer‚ he could not be because he was arrested for possessing dagga in 1989 as a student.

He said police had targeted and searched him when he was a student because he was a Rastafarian.

He lost his case in the Constitutional Court asking for dagga to be permitted for religious use in 2002.

Today‚ he won the right in the same court to smoke dagga. He represented himself in court without a lawyer.

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