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.
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.
To learn more about the Libertarian Party , please contact
Trevor Watkins, Party Secretary
Phone: 083 4411 721
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