Snoop Lion defies dagga warning in Jhb

2013-05-21 09:26
Johannesburg - Snoop Lion ignored a metro police warning and allegedly smoked dagga on stage at the Standard Bank Arena, in Ellis Park, Johannesburg, the New Age reported on Tuesday.

According to the newspaper, the Johannesburg metro police warned that anyone found in possession of drugs would be arrested, after reports that the US artist smoked dagga during his show at the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Saturday.

Concert organisers, G and G Events, told the newspaper it could not confirm or deny what Snoop Lion had been smoking.

'It looked like weed, smelt like weed'

What went on backstage was strictly artists' business, company spokesperson Darren Sandras was quoted as saying

"It looked like weed, smelt like weed and I am convinced Snoop was smoking weed on stage. It was one hell of a performance," an anonymous fan told The New Age.

The Dagga Party reportedly said there was nothing wrong with Snoop Lion "smoking cannabis on his own stage at his own show".

Metro police spokesperson Chief Superintendent Wayne Minnaar told the newspaper metro police were deployed outside the arena on Sunday.

Comments

  • Briana Scott - 2013-05-21 09:34

    I think the worst part of the story is that Snoop Dogg now calls himself Snoop Lion. What a joke.

      Tebogo Nke - 2013-05-21 10:11

      and He's too skinny to be a lion

      Herman Bester - 2013-05-21 10:18

      Chances are your voice is a bigger joke. Why dont you get on stage and give it a try.

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-05-21 10:55

      Leave the guy alone. Police should concentrate on getting real criminals behind bars committing serious crime than bothering Snoop. So what?

      Oopkop Denker - 2013-05-21 12:52

      @ Alpheus. Most people that smoke weed are as concerned about crime as those of us that don't. What they (or anyone that accepts weed usage such as yourself) don't get is that weed is often part of a suite of drugs that their suppliers supply. By then supporting their suppliers they are also directly contributing to sustaining an enormous crime pyramid that includes rape, murder, human trafficking and theft. If people want to smoke weed, at least grow your own weed, then at least you won't support organised crime in the process.

      Buzz - 2013-05-21 13:09

      Hi Oopkop Growing your own could lead to much harsher legal action than just scoring a bankie, not that the local legal system is that consistent as it is. Let's not settle for anything less than an end to dagga prohibition.

      Mark Renton - 2013-05-21 16:26

      Well said Alpheus - concentrate on keeping criminals behind bars!!! They've just announced that the charge of murder against the guy who confessed in raping and assaulting Anene Boysens wont stick!!! Instead of busying yourself with this useless Cr*p - make charges of murder stick, and get these sicko's off the streets! Get a life SAPS - you guys make me sick!

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-05-23 23:43

      William why are others allowed to smoke tobacco and drink alcohol which kills people but I am not allowed to use dagga that has not killed anyone. Everything else is invalid. Why do you protect people from a harmless plant by putting them in jail with real criminals. You have to get real! Its my personal choice to use and abuse dagga as long as I do not cause harm or loss to another person. End of debate. The prohibition laws are violating my basic human rights and I will not stand for it. Dagga cures cancer! I am daggafarian! A free thinking dagga user!

      William Minges - 2013-05-24 18:48

      @dagga movement If you have been awake, you would have noticed that there are now warning labels on packets of cigarettes and strict regulations controlling its use. Slowly but surely, smoking is being phased out. Alcohol also has restrictions and even the recent legislation to restrict its use has been put in place. The issue is, that for all of that it is still not a controlled substance and you would think people would learn from this. Harmless plant? Do you understand the meaning of addict? Do you understand that if the law of a country states that it is not allowed, then it is considered a criminal offence to go against it? Speaking of plants, do you think that the coco plant and the poppy are natural? Your personal choice has an impact on others, even if you think you are not affecting them, you are. There is no debate, if you use it and it is illegal, you are no better than a criminal. End of story. Basic human rights in violation? Sounds a lot like what an addict would say, or even a rapist or murderer. If everyone had to do what they wanted to do, then you would have complete pandemonium. Even you have to admit that. Why should you be allowed to do what you want but I would not be allowed to do what I want? Yeah,yeah, touting the medicinal benefits again, but you don’t have anything that need s treatment medicinally. I doubt there is any thinking when it comes to you.

  • Lance Robile - 2013-05-21 09:53

    Haters!!

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-05-21 10:58

      They probable dont have an ounce of talent except taking cheap shots, sorry for those who care to listen.

  • Shirley Stee - 2013-05-21 09:54

    Just deport him and place a life time ban on coming back! He sets NO example to anyone of how to be a roll model!

      Alan Gernet - 2013-05-21 10:29

      maybe the story is untrue? Is the New Age free press?

      Tristan Johnson - 2013-05-21 10:46

      Neither do you with your spelling or grammar. And the man went from rapping about murder and jail to rapping about peace and cannabis. That's far better than the other celebrities seen as role models these days.

      Alpheus Nethononda - 2013-05-21 11:00

      Shirley, your spelling pls. Smoking anything green lately?

      Martin Gee Godfrey - 2013-05-21 11:08

      Maybe he doesn't want to be a role model, just because he is famous doesn't automatically mean he has to set any sort of example to anyone. In fact his honesty that he smokes weed is far better that the denials that come out of the Bieber camp when Justine smokes and drinks.

      Shirley Stee - 2013-05-21 11:43

      Tristan:Its about respecting the law of the country you are in! If I go to Saudi Arabia-I cannot expose my legs or arms-I must abide by that law!As for the spelling-well I guess you are the ONLY perfect person on the planet!!! [Apart from Alpheus]. I dont profess to be a ROLE model.I dont appear on stage and show people its ok to do as they damn please,even though the law says I may not!!!

      Renny Meere - 2013-05-21 11:48

      Oh Shirley go jump in the lake. How many people do you know of that have overdosed on cannabis, or maybe beat up his partner or had a car accident while smoking weed, yeah thought so, go do your research and be enlightened.

      Shirley Stee - 2013-05-21 11:57

      Renny:Maybe if you read the comment first before defending your substance of choice:I SAID it is not so much about the weed but by abiding by the law of the country you are appearing in!!! Do you think its being a ROLE model by defying the law publically?? For godness sake stop getting your knicker in a knot and go and have another skyf!

      Buzz Rsa - 2013-05-21 12:58

      Hi Shirley And rugby players promoting Brandewyn? Roll roll roll a joint Twist it at the end Light it up, take a puff Pass it to a friend

      Judd Hill - 2013-05-21 13:27

      Make it Make it Before the kerels take it

      Jeremy David Acton - 2013-05-21 13:48

      Snoop Lion is a leader in the Global Cannabis Culture and is a good guidance and role model to youth in standing for the least damaging recreational drug available, and that includes alcohol and tobacco, which are legal. In fact, all Cannabis use by adults is medically beneficial!!!

      Andrew Selous - 2013-05-21 16:36

      new age ,guptas,smoking,planes, getting high..connect?

      Dean DK Roberts - 2013-05-21 16:50

      sorry shirlz but you are wthe weekest link, goodbye.

      Njabulo Maunze - 2013-05-21 17:35

      roll roll down and die

      Valerie Small - 2013-05-22 10:44

      hahahaaha 'roll' model!! very good fit for the Snoop :)

      Kim Sinclair - 2013-05-22 12:43

      Why Shirley, how has this affected you, that you call for such harsh action, I would really like to know what you have based your comment on?

  • Phil Craig - 2013-05-21 10:01

    Yet another highly successful and wealthy person that smokes.. . He even refrained from murdering and raping everyone present after his Joint. How strange..

      Mike Down - 2013-05-21 16:50

      Nice one Phil!

  • William Minges - 2013-05-21 10:08

    "The Dagga Party reportedly said there was nothing wrong with Snoop Lion "smoking cannabis on his own stage at his own show" It must be nice to live on planet delusion.

      Buzz Rsa - 2013-05-21 13:01

      Hi William Maybe you can tell us what it's like on "planet delusion". I certainly don't see anything delusional about someone disregarding an outdated, racist and counterproductive law.

      Jeremy David Acton - 2013-05-21 13:52

      Snoop Lion is a leader in the Global Cannabis Culture and is a good guidance and role model to youth in standing for the least damaging recreational drug available, and that includes alcohol and tobacco, which are legal. In fact, all Cannabis use by adults is medically beneficial!!! Here is a brochure from the Dagga Party to explain why the law prohibiting dagga is unjustified and UNJUST. http://daggaparty.co.za/download/Brochure%20English%20Generic.doc

      William Minges - 2013-05-21 19:30

      @formandzen on my planet, people are rational and analogical. everyone knows what drugs are and what they do - so they dont do them.

      William Minges - 2013-05-21 19:32

      @Buzz - that is the problem isn't it. You dont see a problem just like you smoke dagga now even though it is illegal. You give finger to the law when it doesn't suit you but expect everyone else to abide by it. He was told not do it, so what did he do? He did just what every addict does anyway - like a spoilt child throwing his toys out of the cot.

      Alexander Dowding - 2013-05-22 00:16

      Well William considering that an Anti Drug Alliance survey of 55,000 respondents conducted earlier this year shows that as many as 1 out of every 3 middle class citizens use dagga I'll hazard a guess that you sure have your 'fight' cut out for you.

      Buzz - 2013-05-22 08:18

      @William: It's obvious that you actually not very little or perhaps even nothing about the cost and hypocrisy of prohibition. Besides, dagga is not physically addictive. You assume to much. Both of my parents were drug addicts of the legal and illegal stuff. I've seen it all and certainly don't agree with criminalising people for using a substance that is certainly safer than alchohol. Persecuting people based on your subjective beliefs "is downright conceited and self centered".

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 08:45

      @Buzz Dagga is not physically addictive? Really? Then why do you need it? There are many cases of people admitting to being addicted to it. for example: http://www.talkingaboutcannabis.com/your-stories/i-am-a-former-or-recovering-marijuana-addict/311/ I assume nothing, but what you said about your parents tells me what type of person you are. You dont exactly have the high ground here. I dont persecute, what i do is point out the hippocracy. You keep claiming there is nothing wrong with it, but all your "facts" are biased in favour of your viewpoint. I have seen other people point things out to you and you just dismiss them as they are against your drug. That to me is conceited and self centered.

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 08:46

      @alexander - yes i do alex, but i am not alone.

      Buzz - 2013-05-22 12:01

      Hi William Who said I need dagga? What I need is to see people stop being persecuted via a dodgy law that does more harm than good. There are a few things missing from your comment: 1 - Any study concluding that dagga is physically addictive. People becoming addicted to a non-physically addictive substance speaks more to their personal issues than anything else. By your logic twinkies and Mcdonalds should therefore also be illegal. Obesity kills many, while dagga has not killed anyone. 2 - Any quote from me stating that dagga is a completely harmless substance. Although I have often pointed out how much safer it is than many other perfectly legal substances. 3 - Why my exposure to the tragedies of substance abuse would be any less significant than your exposure to the tragedies on which you are basing your moral high ground. 4 - How you don’t really have a leg to stand on, so have resorted to personal comments rather than focusing on the topic. Yes, I am dismissive of people who enter the debate with nothing more than subjective views. I am always open to comments that are based on evidence, facts and objectivity. Comments such as yours are an example of people letting their moral idealism blind them to the counterproductively of dagga prohibition. But hey, I’ll play nice. Let’s set personal views aside. For every study you can quote which concludes dagga/cannabis/marijuana should be illegal, I’ll supply two that say otherwise. Fair? Not holding my breath though.

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 13:59

      @Buzz Interesting that you would want so many facts from me, but lets face it. No matter what i present you will still dismiss it, wont you? Ok, i will play along. 1. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. - Teenagers who become hooked on cannabis before they reach 18 may be causing lasting damage to their intelligence, memory and attention, according to the results of a large, long-term study This is part and parcel of the result of cannibis use. Why dont we also speak of the psychological? I gave a link to a story from an marijuana addict, didnt your read it? or is that not evidence enough for you? He stated that it affected his brain (physical) and his mental state (psychological) - read it. 2. well, the fact that you keep commenting on these sites and saying how good it is would make one think that is you stating it isn't harmful. I know how you potties like to taut it has medicinal benefits, but what is the bet that you dont have a medical problem that requires it? My bet is you use to just get high - nothing more. 3. One would think that if you had been exposed to this life as you proclaim, then, you would not have taken the same path. Why would you take drugs having the knowledge and experience of what they do, where it leads and whom it affects? Are you saying that, for lack of better words, you chose the dark side? Is it because you dont know anything else? Are you afraid to live life sober? My high ground as you put it is that i am not dependent...

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 14:26

      @Buzz -continued: on substances that cause me to get high. Is it because i have chosen a path that doesn't require me to hide what i do from people? Do you think that if you get it legalized people will look at you the same way? Doubt it. They will look at you with different eyes. 4. i remember reading a few months ago how you and another commentator went at each other, both of you presenting your side of the argument. I remember how you got extremely rude with him, in fact you went as far as saying something like he shouldnt have had kids. Hold on, let me just find it quickly for your reference: http://www.news24.com/MyNews24/The-dangers-of-dagga-20120319 Buzz - March 29, 2012 at 01:14 Report commentComments Policy @ Shane: Using your chidlren as a moral shield is also pathetic. If you are so worried about the world your children will live in, you should have thought twice about having kids. (shortened for space) And of course, when he had made his point and presented all the evidence for you, what did you do? "Buzz - March 29, 2012 at 05:26 Report commentComments Policy Tssk, tsk Shane: I've made no claims of me using dagga to treat a medical issue and your subjective views lack substance. I won't waste anymore of my time on you, arguing with a fool only proves there are two" So, why would i need to repeat what has already been discussed to which you so obviously would just ignore when it didnt suit you?? continued....

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 14:27

      @buzz - continued: You also like using the term "subjective view" to people who oppose your viewpoint. Apparently, you dont get the fact that is you with the subjective view and you seriously need to look at the situation from all sides. Hope this satisfies your criteria.

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 14:32

      @ Buzz - side note: "Who said I need dagga?" Do you smoke it? if so how many times a week? If you dont smoke it/use it, what does it matter to you either way?

      Buzz - 2013-05-22 15:25

      @William 1–Anecdotal story doesn’t = fact. If you truly cared about the youth you would then support a policy proven to decrease youth use, see Portugal and Netherlands. Using the failings of prohibition to reinforce prohibition is illogical. 2–Still don’t see you quoting me on it being completely harmless or “good”. I haven’t promoted dagga as a medicine, other than referencing studies that have come to that conclusion. Perhaps you should take your medical dagga objections up with GW Pharmaceuticals or the numerous States in the US that have medical marijuana policies. So what if I choose to relax with a joint after a long day at the office. My life equals my choice. 3– Again you unsuccessfully attempt to claim the moral high ground. The criminal records my parents received for dagga possession certainly did far more harm than dagga itself ever could. The “dark side” is persecuting responsible adult dagga users. Yes, it is a sad truth; although I am a successful taxpaying citizen who contributes to multiple charities and does not use my substance of choice irresponsibly, I am still considered a criminal and therefore need to err on the side of caution regarding my identity. It wasn’t so long ago that people had to hide their interracial relationships due to the legal repercussions, some still do due to the sort of intolerance you similarly display toward dagga users. 4 – You’ve conveniently omitted Shane’s “point” to again focus on my character.

      Buzz - 2013-05-22 15:26

      Funny thing about my view is that I always have the facts and studies to back it up. Something you seem to be unable to do regarding your view. Ending dagga prohibition matters to me because millions of innocent people are having their lives ruined by the criminal records and prison terms they receive via a hypocritical and counterproductive law. All of this at your and my expense. I see you couldn’t find any studies concluding that dagga should be illegal. But I’ll do you a solid, here are two (and a bit) against dagga prohibition. A new one - http://globalcommissionondrugs.org/wp-content/themes/gcdp_v1/pdf/GCDP_HIV-AIDS_2012_REFERENCE.pdf A summary of some of the older studies - http://www.aclu-wa.org/library_files/Marijuana%20Booklet09reading%20copy.pdf Very much doubt that you will read them and take them to heart, but at least I tried. Not going to continue trying to engage you on the matter, your mind is already made up. It’s going to suck for you when legalization dawns. Ps. Liking your own comments is a little bit sad

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 22:51

      @ Buzz: 1. Ok, I don’t know how to get you to understand this. It isn’t a story, it is fact. You asked for evidence. Done. Now, you again, dismiss it. FYI, they are closing the “coffee shops” . “The Dutch government started changing their liberal policy on dagga in 2010 by closing down coffee shops" “closing down coffee shops a certain distance from schools” – this infers that these “coffee shops” were close to schools for a while. “The Dutch minister of Health and Justice justified the new trend when he admitted that they had been unable to root out the criminal element in the dagga trade when he stated: “…This law will put an end to the nuisance of criminality associated with “coffee shops” and “drugs trafficking”.” 2. Well, I sure don’t see you presenting both sides of the case either. You have used referencing studies stating its medicinal use though. To quote you:” No medicinal factors hey? Care to explain why we then have pharmaceutical products such as Marinol and Sativex? “ So, you admit to using it then? To quote you again:” Who said I need dagga?” followed by your contradictory statement : “So what if I choose to relax with a joint after a long day at the office.” I think you misunderstand the concept of your life your choice. If you choose to break the law, should you not pay the consequences of your choice?

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 22:51

      @Buzz - continued: 3. How do I unsuccessfully claim the moral high ground? I am already standing on it. To quote: “Both of my parents were drug addicts of the legal and illegal stuff” So, your parents got criminal records for being in possession of illegal drugs when they knowingly broke the law. What is the legal stuff? Prescription medicines? To state that there are responsible dagga users is like saying there are responsible child abusers. There is no such thing. You are advocating and using a substance that is illegal and banned in the country that you live in. So stating that there are responsible users is a fallacy. Responsible people do not disregard the law or willingly break it. 4. Shane’s point was that he didn’t want to have his kids grow up into a world where drugs were available at the local shop. I did put in brackets that I shortened the whole paragraph for space purposes. Your character is the issue as the previous quotes are a testament to it.

      William Minges - 2013-05-22 23:08

      @Buzz “Funny thing about my view is that I always have the facts and studies to back it up. Something you seem to be unable to do regarding your view. “ Untrue, I gave you evidence you dismissed it. I pointed out to you that many people have given you facts and evidence and you dismissed it. So you want more facts and studies? Ok, here are some that I am sure have been offered to you: http://www.doctorsforlife.co.za/index.php/category/newsresources/press-releases/ http://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/marijuana-abuse/how-does-marijuana-use-affect-your-brain-body https://familycouncil.org/?p=6506 http://www.tnt.org.za/index.php/component/k2/item/141 (pay particular attention to truth and lies) “Ending dagga prohibition matters to me because millions of innocent people are having their lives ruined by the criminal records and prison terms they receive via a hypocritical and counterproductive law” People are receiving criminal records and prison time because they are breaking the law. That is what the law is about. When the rule of law is ignored and people do as they want, what happens to society? Look at SA, you can see how the disregard of law from the highest office to the man in the street is causing pandemonium in this country. “I see you couldn’t find any studies concluding that dagga should be illegal” Untrue, gave you a few with added above.

      Buzz - 2013-05-23 08:43

      Referencing more anecdotal stories from religious foundations isn't helping your case. Your take on the Netherlands is also out of date, the Wied Pass system didn't take off and the Netherlands is very much as it was before the short lived ultra conservative/religious government was ousted. Again you focus on my character rather than the matter at hand. Good bye William

      William Minges - 2013-05-23 21:32

      @Buzz So now the scientific studies are anecdotal stories as they don’t support your view? You really are proving my point aren’t you. My take on the Netherlands out of date? Did you even read what was said? As of 2010, 3 years ago, there has been a shift of thinking and they are closing down the coffee shops. There has been a CHANGE IN LIBERAL POLICY. What don’t you understand? What has that got to do with conservatives/religion?? Buzz, I have focused on the issue at hand and you. It is people like you that perpetuates the idea that it is ok to break the law and force your beliefs on others. Others must educate themselves to see your point of view YET you do nothing to look at all sides. You and Jeremy are what is wrong with this country. People who show no respect for the law or others. Yeah, dont let the door hit you in the ass on your way out.

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-05-23 23:44

      William why are others allowed to smoke tobacco and drink alcohol which kills people but I am not allowed to use dagga that has not killed anyone. Everything else is invalid. Why do you protect people from a harmless plant by putting them in jail with real criminals. You have to get real! Its my personal choice to use and abuse dagga as long as I do not cause harm or loss to another person. End of debate. The prohibition laws are violating my basic human rights and I will not stand for it. Dagga cures cancer! I am daggafarian! A free thinking dagga user!

      Buzz - 2013-05-24 08:04

      Darn, I just can't resist confronting a bully. Tssk tssk William You may not have noticed but it's not 2010 anymore, hasn't been for a while. http://www.smh.com.au/travel/travel-news/dutch-scrap-controversial-weed-pass-cannabis-laws-20121121-29p8j.html I'm very familiar with the likes of TNT, DFL, etc. I find it difficult to take them seriously given how they also object to same sex relationships. Homophobia much? Still waiting for that study concluding that dagga should be illegal I guess you also took the Apartheid government's reasoning at face value then. By supporting prohibition you support: - Increased youth use - Exposure to hard drugs - Organised crime - Gang violence - Human trafficking - Criminalization of people for using a substance that is safer than alcohol or tobacco - Criminalization of the substance abusers who truly need help - Clogging up our overburdened justice system - Redirection of of police resources to responsible adult dagga users rather than focussing on actual crime. - Tax revenue for edcuation and social development instead being used to incarcerate dagga users. - Alcholism, as we deny people access to a significantly safer intoxicant. - An unregulated dagga market in which there is no quality control. I know it must be difficult for you. It's been a century of your approach to dagga and we have nothing constructive to show for it. If you choose to be so blind to the failings of prohibition, there is no one who can help you.

      William Minges - 2013-05-24 19:12

      @Buzz Well, well, so much for goodbye. Rich coming from you with regards to bullying. So you defer, you refuse to accept the links or any evidence I offer. These sites are giving you what you keep asking me for and as I have said previously, others have had this debate with you and offered up what you asked for and yet you still refuse to accept it. The issue is dagga usage, but you seem to try to blur the issue by now accusing me of being homophobic. The site has the relevant information for you, just read it. Also trying to use the attack of did I support the apartheid government is again showing your desperation at trying to avoid actually admitting that there is a dark side to your drug. Ok, in your list you state that I am supporting all those things, my question – How do you get to that conclusion? What proof do you have that this is the case and what case studies do you have that says it will be better if legalized? I don’t accept your attempt to try and tell me that I would be supporting that. The fact that you are using it and ignoring the rule of law, to me, means that you are supporting all those you have listed except the last 4 which I will address. 1. Redirection of of police resources to responsible adult dagga users rather than focussing on actual crime. Got news for you, there is no such thing as a responsible dagga user. The fact that you are using it even though it is currently seen as a criminal offence means you are not being responsible. contin..

      William Minges - 2013-05-24 19:12

      @Buzz - Contin... 2. Tax revenue for edcuation and social development instead being used to incarcerate dagga users. What makes you think that in the current SA the tax revenue collected will ever see its way to those departments? How exactly would you work it? Would you have “coffee shops” or what? 3. Alcholism, as we deny people access to a significantly safer intoxicant So, basically replace one evil with another? Instead of having people inhibrated, you want them high? Are you thinking this through at all? 4. An unregulated dagga market in which there is no quality control. What difference would it make for quality? You keep saying that it is harmless, so why would you need to do quality control? The one who is blind here is you, and the fact that you refuse to look at all sides of the issue shows me that. If you don’t want to see that, then there is no hope for you.

      Buzz - 2013-05-27 09:03

      Therein lies the heart of your view on dagga William. Using emotive words such as "evil" and "dark side" demonstrates how this is a matter of your personal belief/faith and has little to do with reasoning, objectivity or logic. I've long ago been through the TNT, DFL, etc sites from top to bottom. This includes all the links they reference. Should you wish to view my comments and plethora of reference links, please feel free to visit www.belowthelion.co.za. Didn't accuse you of being homophobic, just pointed out the nature of your sources and whether you support their other views as well. Umm, I've cited the pro-legalization studies for you previously. But I'm still waiting for that think to a study concluding that dagga should be illegal from you.

      Buzz - 2013-05-27 09:05

      1) Using the failings of prohibition to promote the same prohibition is illogical. 2) I'm referring to current tax resources being redirected. I hope you don't think prohibition in SA is mahala. But hey, States in the US, Netherlands, etc are generating millions of tax dollars via their legal and medical marijuana industries. 3) I don't promote the consumption any substance, but do see the logic in denying intoxicant users access to a safer choice. You may not have noticed, but much of the anti-dagga sources you've referenced are from Christian sites. Let's not forget Christianity's role in the promotion of alcohol. Can't have your bread buttered on both sides with this one William. 4) Again I point out that I’ve never claimed dagga to be harmless. Have merely pointed out how prohibition is more harmful than dagga could ever be. I've looked at all sides, I’ve lived through all sides.... the good and the bad. It seems to be you who is disregarding all sides and the big picture, rather favouring your personal belief while disregarding all the evidence at hand. It’s been interesting engaging with your troll account, but I fear that you have not brought anything new or original to the discussion. I hope that you are able to one day see and accept the failings of prohibition and how it exacerbates many of the problems it attempts to resolve.

      William Minges - 2013-05-28 08:06

      @Buzz It has nothing to do with emotion, but to do with logic. Are you denying the negative effects of dagga? Are you saying that even though these negative effects have been documented, you refuse to accept it? If that is not the dark side or the evil of it, then what is it? Yeah, I have already seen your response to these sites on the one that you have running selling your “accessories”. It amazes me that you don’t confront them directly in a head on debate but the fact that you dismiss anything negative towards your drug of choice just confirms what I have said in the beginning. Asking me,” Homophobia much? “seems like an accusation. It also shows desperation on your part. They are doctors who deal with this everyday and do research on it. They provide it on their site – unless you are accusing them of lying, then we have to accept their findings. The topic of homophobia is not the focus of this discussion and therefore was not taken into account in my reference/link. I have already provided the links as to why it shouldn’t be legalized; now you are stating I haven’t done so. Really, don’t know what else to say, it is like taking the horse to the water and the horse saying, “where is the water?” Refering back to the studies, like I said, you will dismiss any study that shows your drug in a negative light.

      William Minges - 2013-05-28 08:26

      @Buzz 1. No, letting people get their way for their drug of choice is illogical. You call it prohibition, but the fact is, it is illegal for a reason. If you didn’t get a high off of it, would you still be a proponent of it? 2. Again, we are dealing with SA – do you think if millions are being generated in tax that it will ever see the light of day? Are you willing to sacrifice future generations for a selfish need? 3. Does it now matter what site it is from. You have an issue with Christian sites and an issue with government sites. It is like you want to not see. So you are all for people being high but are against them being drunk? Being hypocritical again are we? What does Christianity have to do with the promotion of alcohol? Why is that your focus now? Religion has nothing to do with this discussion. Deny, deny, deny……. 4. You have also never claimed it to be harmful. You avoid pointing out the negatives. Do you believe that there are laws for a reason and if so, why do you think those laws are there? Wondering what answer you would give me on this. Buzz, I have looked at the whole picture, I have looked at all sides and so far, the cons are outweighing the pros. There is no logical reason for this drug to be available at all to people for recreational use. Jeremy even stated that we should be able to self administer – this guys smokes 8 joints a day by his own admission – that is addict status. continued....

      William Minges - 2013-05-28 08:26

      @Buzz - continued: It has nothing to do with personal belief; you have not answered my questions with regards to regulation and control. How do you intend to do that? “It’s been interesting engaging with your troll account,” What was that about bullying again? You show your true colours in the end and prove my point. You have no respect for others and push your agenda to extremes so that you can get acceptance. I hope that one day; you will see that it isn’t prohibition that has failed, but rather people like you. Just to check, are you really leaving this time?

  • Preggy Govender - 2013-05-21 10:09

    Nothing wrong with him smoking weed. Our citizens do it legally all over the place. Why no drama then? Just because he's a celeb! The promoters, supporters, etc know what he's about. Why didn't they just cancel the damn tour? Think it's a little late to cry foul!

      Shirley Stee - 2013-05-21 10:34

      The weed in itself is not the problem-its respecting the law of the country you are in!It boils down to respect and if you want to tour overseas countries-abide by their laws or DONT GO!!!

      Tristan Johnson - 2013-05-21 10:48

      No Preggy, we all do it illegally too, we just aren't news worthy like celebrities. This man smokes weed on every stage in every country to prove a point. He will never stop, and our police won't be the ones to try. Weed isn't the problem here, the problem is unjust laws that make no sense. there wouldn't even have been an article if he drank beer on stage. Hypocrisy is everywhere...

      Buzz Rsa - 2013-05-21 13:02

      Hi Shirley So you respected and supported Apartheid laws simply becuase it was the law?

      Mike Down - 2013-05-21 16:58

      Well said Buzz Shirley is what one calls a supporter of legal Positivism ie you support all laws just because they are laws. So during apartheid she would have been fully in support of the immorality act, group areas etc. Shirley it won't be illegal if you tie a heavy weight to your ankle and jump into the Marianas Trench.

      Kirill Kholine - 2013-05-21 18:53

      while i disagree with shirley, the point she is making is somewhat note worthy, the law is completely illogical and one should not abide to it, however if snoop is coming here to sing to his fans we can consider him a guest and us hosts...it simply follows that he must respect his host, and that means following the so called laws in place because it is not his country. If he did it in america that makes absolute sense since he is in his country of birth surrounded by his culture and its people and then its understandable that he is protesting weed or is for weed and therefore doesnt respect the law so he smokes on stage everywhere he tours..whatever, you dont really see people protesting their government in other countries, or do you? o_O...please prove me wrong ;))

      Valerie Small - 2013-05-22 10:49

      Snoop must be related to Willy Nelson :)

  • Robyn Addinall - 2013-05-21 10:25

    So why was Snoop not arrested? People have been arrested for a lot less than a "suspicion" of smoking weed in public. It's sad what money can buy.

      Buzz Rsa - 2013-05-21 13:04

      Hi Robyn It's a sad reality about dagga laws, police will focus on soft targets rather than those that would find the cops on the wrong end of a PR war.

  • Claudio Williams - 2013-05-21 10:26

    You can't stop Snoop lion smoke dagaa, his star...metro police control traffic not wu smoke or not...inside satage camon man.

  • Francois Van Der Schyff - 2013-05-21 10:27

    The Snoop (dog)'Lion' puffing the magic Dragon on stage... lol I bet no one complained about the concert, so how come Bon Jovi didn't come to DBN but we get the ganja smoker...?

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-05-23 23:46

      The Green Dragon is...

  • Barry Moyle - 2013-05-21 10:29

    So after he was arrested, when will he appear in court to post bail? If that isn't happening then this article is gossip and not reporting, or the police are not doing their job, which I would find unbelieveable in this perfect society... lol

  • Philip Vde - 2013-05-21 10:30

    but it's ok to get drunk backstage like many do

  • Philip Vde - 2013-05-21 10:31

    JMPD is addicted to food , think they have a competition to see who can get the fattest

  • Craig Elliott - 2013-05-21 10:35

    What a Legend : }

  • JM Erasmus - 2013-05-21 10:35

    Lion of Zion

  • Alcide Herveaux - 2013-05-21 10:36

    Have no issue with the dope, but gosh, who still listens to this old wannabe.. who suddenly thinks he is a lion. Did he sell any tickets?

  • Faith Keabetswe Leburu - 2013-05-21 10:43

    Oh well I don't have a problem when ppl blaze but since it's a law enforcement issue that guy should've been arrested irrespective of who he is, you gotta respect different territorial laws snoop puss.

      Buzz Rsa - 2013-05-21 13:05

      Hi Faith So you supported and respected Apartheid laws?

      Jeremy David Acton - 2013-05-21 13:57

      Snoop was making a stand for the Cannabis Culture, and much respect to him!! The law prohibiting dagga is unjust and unjustified, and good citizens should break that law every day by smoking Cannabis. I spit on the law prohibiting dagga.

  • Chibuzo Solomon Ekeome - 2013-05-21 11:09

    Metro cop is meant to be writing ticket

  • Mohammed Sadar - 2013-05-21 11:17

    Only South Africa Will Lock Up Stoners And Let the All The Rapist And Murderers Do Their thing

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-05-23 23:47

      This is true! Assault someone get R150 bail. Have a joint on you serve jail time...

  • Edith Mokgojoe - 2013-05-21 11:50

    Snoop doggy dog to Snoop dog, now snoop lion...whats next snoop horse...love him though...hahahahaha

      Phiwase ka Mshengu - 2013-05-21 23:43

      Snoop Springbok

  • Wayne Groenewald - 2013-05-21 12:39

    How can a plant be called a drug and criminalized in the first place - utter nonsense. Should ban drinking booze rather - kills more people, causes more social violence and domestic abuse. #think #freetheweed

  • Abigail Nobubele Mhlanga - 2013-05-21 13:22

    New Age, Gupta's News Paper. Deal with your own issues, mind your own business and let Snoop mind his own.

  • mark1 - 2013-05-21 13:34

    Good on you......free the weed !!!

  • Jeremy David Acton - 2013-05-21 13:47

    Snoop Lion is a leader in the Global Cannabis Culture and is a good guidance and role model to youth in standing for the least damaging recreational drug available, and that includes alcohol and tobacco, which are legal. In fact, all Cannabis use by adults is medically beneficial!!!

      Edwin Z Gouws - 2013-05-21 17:51

      sorry i wanted to press thumbs up i guess four other idiots did the same

      William Minges - 2013-05-21 19:43

      Yeah, like having sex with underage kids is good for your prostate.

  • Bee Em - 2013-05-21 14:29

    I won't be surprised to hear the Media & Opposition Parties putting this squarely on the President & the ruling party. What is it going to be called? "Snoopy Gate"! Every wrong thing is now associated with the .gov not answerable to the people. A task team must investigate!

      Bongani Injembi Nhlapho - 2013-05-21 22:38

      Snoopy Gate good one

  • Christopher Pretorius - 2013-05-21 14:38

    Landing an private aeroplane at a key security point is not illegal, using police vehicles as private security is not illegal, so why should smoking weed be illegal. Don't criticise it just because you don't use it.

  • Neil Alan White - 2013-05-21 14:46

    "The Dagga Party reportedly said there was nothing wrong with Snoop Lion "smoking cannabis on his own stage at his own show".". It may have been his show but the stage most probably belonged to either standard bank arena or gearhouse productions or someone similar. I pretty sure the venue is a non smoking venue so i say slap the dopehead with a fine

  • Maria Kave - 2013-05-21 15:18

    The Dagga Party - who's that - never heard of them - @ Briana Scott - Snoop Dogg/Snoop Lion - just a stage name - Silly.

      Dean DK Roberts - 2013-05-21 16:56

      http://www.daggaparty.co.za/ better get to know... they might be in charge soon

  • Black B.E.E Diamond - 2013-05-21 16:19

    LIKE A BOSS!

  • Elvis Ndimba - 2013-05-21 16:39

    Tristan Johnson, i would rather check my grammar before making any attempts at correcting anyone. ((((((Neither goes with NOR and not OR.))))) Be warned!!!!! Take note that these artist from the states think they can get away with anything because it is Africa. I fully agree with the suggestion to deport or a fine given without remorse.

  • Meryl Tuchtan - 2013-05-21 20:52

    Weed is not a drug!!!

      Alexander Dowding - 2013-05-22 00:22

      Exactly, it is a medicine. Can cure cancer too.

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-05-23 23:51

      Dagga is the most important vegetable on the planet! It does not become intoxicating until it's is heated / smoked that is when THCA become THC. Dagga is non lethal you cannot die and sleep is the only effect of having to much. All things in life need to be used responsibly. You can die from drinking too much water!!!

  • Francois R Nel - 2013-05-21 22:50

    Legalise drugs like Dagga Extacy and Acid then the planet will be one big P A R T Y.

  • Collenz Mac Manwale - 2013-05-21 23:05

    Landing a private plane at a key security point is not illegal, using police vehicles as private security is not illegal, so why should smoking weed be illegal. Don't criticise it just because you don't use it. i couldnt a deny it, Christopher Pretorius is right.

  • Phiwase Shabalala - 2013-05-21 23:21

    Can someone tell me what harm does dagga smoking do except for being high. I know what liqueur does. Drunk drivers become killers on our roads, some drunk husbands beat up their wives and kids, some drunkards lose their jobs, some have drunk themselves to death, after heavy drinking you wake up with a big babalas that makes you promise never to drink again. If there is no harm with the smoking of dagga, just let the people smoke because they smoke anyway. Simply legalise the smoking of the weed.

      Michael Hawthorne - 2013-05-23 23:53

      Dagga cannot cause harm! Only people with predisposed mental conditions should be weary of using dagga without prescription.

  • Shamus Mossop - 2013-05-21 23:30

    If he slammed back a bottle of tequila on stage noone would bat an eyelid and i bet the amount of second hand smoke from cigarette smokers in the crowd would be of more concern than anything he was smoking... @Oopkop Denker You would not have to go to a drug dealer with a litany of "other drugs" to get your weed if it was legal and available for sale in a controlled manner like any drug you can buy at a pharmacy... You cannot blame people that choose to use cannabis - for whatever reason - for the situation the current law has created.

      Alexander Dowding - 2013-05-22 00:24

      Cannabis is the safer choice

  • Yourlokalhead Sbk - 2013-05-22 09:08

    Bhoooooooooooooooh!!!! To all those against Snoop and his way of life.

  • Cfobia Tshavhu - 2013-05-22 09:38

    snoop lion or snoop ant, wtf? Fact of the matter is he kicks butt on the mic. As for the weed, where is my lighter. #coughs

  • Lee-Anne Mayer - 2013-05-22 10:51

    If a celebrity smokes on stage so be it. I am so tired of people complaining about smokers. If they don't like it they shouldn't bother going to concerts. As it is South Africans are starved for entertainment be it ROCK,RAP, METAL or otherwise. There are many people that smoke cigarettes let alone weed that refuse to play where they cannot be themselves. The air that we breathe is so polluted why whine about a two hour concert.

  • Alex Chapetko - 2013-05-22 11:20

    So many people still look down on marijuana, what a shame. There are many successful people in the world that smoke it. Call marijuana a drug all you want, if you just do the research, you will see what a wonderful plant it actually is. http://www.endalldisease.com/harvard-study-says-marijuana-cures-cancer/ One of many studies... proove me wrong on this... come on i dare you "Roll one, smoke one, and we all just havin' fun" peace and blessings

  • Thabo Masaswivona Rossouw Shabangu - 2013-05-22 18:17

    They shuld jus legalise it, so we can smoke it freely

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