- The Dagga Party announced plans to contest the 2019 elections
- Party leader Jeremy Acton wants the party to play a role in passing cannabis legislation
- Acton is calling on young voters and farmers to help the party raise the hefty deposit fee needed to register for the election
The Dagga Party has said that it wants to take part in this year's upcoming elections.
Under the slogan #HotBoxTheHouse", the party announced its intentions of claiming seats in parliament in order to play a role in passing cannabis legislation.
Party leader Jeremy Acton called on supporters to help the party raise the R200 000 necessary to register the party with the Independent Electoral Commission
"I ask you to stand ready to stand together around the cannabis tree at elections 2019," Acton posted on Facebook.
The party's announcement comes in the wake of the constitutional court's ruling in 2018 that the decriminalization of private use of cannabis was unconstitutional.
The Constitutional Court gave Parliament two years in which to re-examine existing cannabis laws, which the Dagga Party says are outdated.
The party is appealing to young voters for support as well as farmers who want to plant and harvest the plant.
"I make this call to all citizens across South Africa who are of all cultures and in all areas, I call to all ages, especially the youth, who support the legalisation of cannabis for the public benefit in South Africa," said Acton.
The party hopes to secure the hefty deposit to be able to contest the elections, but with the January deadline fast approaching, their electoral hopes may go up in smoke.
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