Ghandi famously said that; “When the state becomes lawless and corrupt, civil disobedience becomes a sacred duty”
As absurd as it may seem to us today, there was a time when associating with people whose melanin content of their skin differed too much from your own could land you in prison in this country. This absurdity was enforced by a perfectly legal law despite it’s apparent immorality. Ironically, it was called the Immorality Act and the Apartheid government used it with impunity to persecute and harass people whose views differed from their own. The brave men and women who dared to act in defiance of this law faced extreme danger in doing so but without their acts of bravery we would still be stuck in the twilight zone of legislated racial segregation.
The law prohibiting the cultivation and use of Dagga in South Africa is another example of an immoral and unlawful law which imposes the culture and values of one group on that of another. Masquerading as a law which protects the populace from a harmful and evil substance, it is in fact unsubstantiated by any scientific evidence or rationale, in fact, science has conclusively proven the opposite to be true.
Anybody who, in the face of violently enforced prohibition laws, chooses to cultivate or use the Dagga plant, whether they care to acknowledge it or not, is engaging in an act of civil disobedience and if arrested under those laws, should be treated as a political prisoner.
“When it becomes common for persons of good character to willingly and knowingly conduct themselves in violation of a law, which is widely seen to be unwarranted or unjust or unfair, this should cause those who enact our laws and who are tasked with enforcing or upholding the law to give serious consideration to the repeal or amendment of that law to bring it into accord with modern social values” – Judge Joanne Challenger