PR5 - Libertarian Party supports medical cannabis bill

posted Feb 24, 2014, 7:05 AM by Liberty Libpartysa

Press Release:  Libertarian Party of South Africa - 23rd February 2014 - 17:00

For immediate and general distribution

Issued on 23rd February 2014 by Trevor Watkins, Secretary of  the Executive Committee of the Libertarian Party of South Africa.

Libertarian Party supports medical cannabis bill

Johannesburg, South Africa.

The Libertarian Party of South Africa (LiPSA) wholeheartedly endorses the bill for the legalisation of medical cannabis introduced by IFP member of Parliament, Dr Mario Oriani-Ambrosini. Dr Oriani-Ambrosini describes himself as a libertarian, and attended a libertarian annual seminar in Grahamstown in 2012.

LiPSA believes that no government has a right to decide what consenting private individuals put in their bodies. Accordingly, we believe that all forms of cannabis, known in South Africa as dagga, should be legalised, as has been done recently in the American states of Colorado and Washington. This is a classic example of how sensible libertarian ideas, once considered to be on the lunatic fringe, are steadily moving into the mainstream of public thinking.

The benefits of legalisation include:

Less law enforcement time and energy will be committed to prosecuting a victimless crime.
A lucrative new agricultural market will arise within South Africa.

Increased tourism, as has been seen in Washington and Colorado.

Reduced prison population.

Fewer lives destroyed by meaningless prosecutions for private acts.

Hemp fibre has many practical uses which are currently not exploited.

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Trevor Watkins, Party Secretary

Phone: 083 4411 721