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Recognising The Dagga User {by Institute for Security Studies SA}

Dagga is typically smoked, and the onset of effects occurs within a few seconds of inhaling, lasting for two to four hours.

Some dagga users are very easy to identify:


• The drug has a strong odour that lingers in the hair and clothing. An experienced police member should be able to identify this distinctive smell.

• Devoted users may sport dagga leaf insignia on their clothing, jewellery, bumper stickers, or other items. Their clothing may also make more subtle
reference to the drug, through slogans such as ‘blunt’ (a reference to a hollowed out cigar packed with dagga).

• The Rastafarian religion views dagga as a sacrament, and its members are easy to identify due to their long dreadlocks and typical dress (including the
large knit cap or ‘tam’ and use of the colours of Ethiopian flag: gold, green, and red.)

• Recent users will often have bloodshot, watery eyes; drooping eyelids; slow reaction times, and possibly body tremors.

• The user’s pulse and blood pressure will be elevated while under the influence of dagga.

• The inner edge of index finger and the tip of the thumb, as well as the lips, may show burns from smoking short ‘stompies’.

• Dagga users suffer from ‘non-convergence’ of the eyes, or the inability to keep the eyes ‘crossed’ (‘go squint’).

This final indicator can be tested in the following manner. A pen is held vertically at the suspect’s eye-level, approximately 35 cm from the face.
Suspects should be told to hold their heads straight, and follow the tip of the pen with their eyes only. The pen should be moved slowly from side to side
along an arc of about 30 cm. The pen should then stop at the centre of the suspect’s face, in line with his nose, and should be moved towards the nose at
eye level. If sober, the suspect’s eyes should both track the pen smoothly to the tip of the nose – the eyes will cross. Dagga use will cause one eye to
‘release’ and track out, with only one eye remaining focused on the tip of the nose.

Of course, people may display any of these indicators and NOT be users of dagga – none of these indicators can stand alone as a basis for reasonable
suspicion of possession, but they can provide a basis cumulatively. Note should be taken of symptoms present for use in court.

All sorts of people use dagga, and some use well known techniques to avoid detection:

• Use of breath fresheners, body sprays, and incense to cover the odour.

• Use of eye drops or dark glasses to hide bloodshot eyes.

HINT: Always require suspects to remove dark
eyeglasses. Not only are the eyes the most
important feature to observe in order to detect
drug use, but they are also helpful in determining
whether the suspect is

Dagga generally produces a state of sedation, so intoxicated subjects are usually compliant. Excessive consumption can produce paranoia and panic attacks,

however. As is the case with all intoxicants, dagga users may behave in ways they would not when sober.

Dagga is fat soluble, and its metabolites are detectable in the urine for periods of a month or more after last use for heavy users. According to the 3
Metros study, urban dagga users are more likely to be:

• male;

• Indian or coloured;

• under the age of 20;

• arrested for thefts or drug related crimes.

This profile is consistent with that of the population presenting for treatment at the country’s rehabilitation centres, as monitored by the South African
Community Epidemiological Network on Drug Use (SACENDU).

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Cops or robbers {Jan 2013 – In Memory of Areff Haffejee}

It’s been over a year and the mystery surrounding the death of Areff Haffejee and a police officer is still a conspiracy theory.

Areff Haffejee

Areff Haffejee

Considering I like to read between the lines of all things posted. Who is to say the cop wasn’t driving the Audi.

If you missed it here is the article I am referring to.

I think the cop told the man that we can arrest you for the joint but let me take your car for a spin and we can be friends about this situation.

The owner said shot hey but you drive nice nice. After much debate on how cannabis should be legal they laughed about it.

The policeman got in the driver seat after he told his partner that he is just going for a joyride in this mans car follow me maybe we stop at the bank if not we can arrest the man where I stop. Just follow me.

So in the car they listen to music. Very relaxed. Until the policeman talks about some loose change.

Travelling at some speed. The owner realizes he is being robbed by our protectors. They start arguing maybe the owner tried to go for his gun.

The driver’s foot pressed down fully on the accelerator in the struggle.

He loses control of the Audi and hits the light pole without braking..

The follower sees the car is in a million pieces and he covers up for his friend/partner.

The purpose of this “fictional” story is to get you thinking and asking questions.

Condolences to families of the two deceased.



PC Health: Medical Innovation Bill {INAUDIBLE PODCAST}

Discussion of the Medical Innovation Bill in parliament without public participation. The audio recording is basically inaudible.

PC Health: Medical Innovation Bill : briefing by Mr N Singh MP; Department of Health 1st Quarter Performance 1

Date of Recording:  17 Sep 2014
Length: 177:23 minutes (20.3 MB)
Format: MP3 Stereo 8kHz 16Kbps (CBR)
Transcription & commentary

Summary, mention of letters received, letter read from cannabis user with spinal compression injury. James: Rational, evidence based thinking required put aside emotions of Marios death. Bill does two things: provision for innovation, commercialisation of cannabis. James has difficulty with supporting commercialisation. Mutters on about prevention of the various types of cancer. Reads a document describing cancer methodology, how it grows. Science has not provided an answer to the problem, further research required and this is what scientific innovation is. Cannabis is still harmful despite the claims (can’t od, doesn’t lead to cancer..) : current strain potency (WTF? Regulate, clearly publish THC % content like we do with alcohol), dependency (WTF? where is the context relative to alcohol, cigarettes and pharmaceutical drugs?), constant use interfering with job (WTF? generalised, unsubstantiated statement), exposure to minors (WTF? We don’t want this either. Regulate removes it from the streets and puts it behind the counter. Put edibles in clearly marked, child proof packaging. As if prohibition works?!).Lots of waffling .. ‘ first do no harm’ .. ‘patient needs sufficient info to make informed decisions’ .. mention of quality control seen as a major weakness in the debate. Closure summary: Bill mentions innovation, commercialisation, says nothing about curing cancer, mentions treatment, pain control, safety needs to be established. Check and balances and safe guards important. 53:18 -SG



Who pays SANDF & SAPS for doing gardening, illegally burning waste & harassing otherwise law abiding citizens?

In January 2012 police cut down what was essentially a dagga forest in Soweto worth R4 million. Then illegally disposed of the dagga bio mass by burning it, presumably where it was cut & piled up.


“Residents watched from a distance as throngs of soldiers and police in more than 30 vehicles descended on Meadowlands hostel at 8.30am while a police helicopter hovered above.


Think about it for a moment. More than 31 government vehicles including a helicopter, a battalion of soldiers and police officers armed with assault rifles and tactical gear. Swooping down on harmless plants then unleashes an onslaught of terror until the last weed has yelp its crackling cry and billowing smoke in reminiscence of the Soweto uprising of 1976, condolences to the lives lost, however this is an equal violent act upon not only the daggafarians of Soweto but also the community’s access to medicine, an industrial sector and a wealth generator.  Consider the quality of service delivery by municipality if they could have the budget that funds an all out war on a harmless weed.


Imagine the waste of burning this bio mass needlessly without a purpose that is beneficial to the community in which it is illegally burned.

Who is paying the South African National Defense Force & South African Police Service for doing gardening, illegally burning bio-waste & harassing otherwise law abiding citizens? Never mind the tax on the carbon emissions of all the dagga that has to be incinerated annually or the otherwise law abiding citizens that needs to be housed and fed daily in a correctional facility?

Victims of rape, murder and victims of other real crimes are the ones who ultimately pay the price.



Open Letter to Pearl Thusi

Hi Pearl

I am writing you this letter because you recently popped up on my dagga radar for a second time.

First of all I want to say that my interest is not to slander or “skinder”.

I believe most of the South African dagga culture pray on the end of their roach that the rumor is true. We are pretty hard pressed for local dagga heroes. We have Jules, Myrtle and Jeremy whom we cherish and respect greatly, but there is no other South African celebrity that openly admits the use of cannabis.

Pearl Thusi

Pearl Thusi

How sad is the Top 10 list of famous dagga smokers in South Africa

The US has Willie Nelson, Snoop Lion, Barack Obama, Bill Clinton, Michael Phelps, Robin Williams, Seth Rogan, the list is genuinely endless.

My goal here is to convey a positive message; Nobody should be afraid to speak the truth about cannabis. I would like to encourage you to brush up on your dagga education. There is a lot of information regarding the history of dagga that is not so apparent.

Before I bombard you with a few short links, that you must investigate, let me tell you if that photographer had a photo of you smoking dagga he should have a copy of it on his SD memory card. Merely breaking the camera does not destroy the picture. Therefor I believe you are speaking the truth and that he was ultimately mad at himself for invading your privacy and I am not here to judge your actions, in all honesty, in the original context he deserved it. He was not in his place to invade your private time. What a sour loser he is for making up stories with malicious intent.

Here is a short excerpt on the history of dagga in South Africa. This is the foundation of dagga laws, based on nothing but racist- and malicious intent, a superstition that is kept in-effect today by the ignorant…

Dagga was first outlawed in South Africa in 1870 to control Indian workers in KwaZulu-Natal (Dagga is a traditional herb in the Hindu faith). By 1911 dagga was outlawed for all Africans except mine workers and by 1925 the exception was revoked to control and oppress the members of the newly formed National Union of Mine workers (NUM). Effectively doing so by making Dagga illegal. The oppressive racist State disrupted the economic well being and culture of indigenous people. – True History of Dagga

Please find below a list of informative links {Origin of the word dagga} {Dagga The Truth by Dagga Couple} {Prohibition & Resistance: A Socio-Political Exploration of the Changing Dynamics of the Southern African Cannabis Trade, c. 1850 – the present. By Craig Patterson} {The most extensive medical dagga reference list.} {Dagga Union of South Africa}

More… {A South African guide to (NOT) being arrested by Dagga Couple} {Relinquish Dagga Law Bill} {Bills Repository} {Latest Poll} {Should Dagga Be Legalised Poll} {Best South African Dagga Strain Poll} {Knowledgebase} {Cannabis Awareness Drive To Government}

I truly hope that you stand up for daggafarians regardless of whether you yourself is a cannabis user or not. It was wrong to punish people for having a partner of another race then and it’s wrong to punish adults for choosing to use a safer alternative to alcohol and tobacco now.

One <3, Peace Mickey