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Rastafarians Case To Legalise Bhang Pushed

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By Allan Otieno

The High of  Kenya  will now give directions on 21st  this month on a case filed by The Rastafari Society of Kenya seeking to lift the law criminalising the use of marijuana.

 In the case, Rastas  argue that the law is unconstitutional for banning the private use of bhang  by Rastafari religion.

According the Rastafari Society of Kenya lawyer Shadrack Wambui the judge handling the  case was on official duty and there is no cause for  alarm.

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‘‘We have received several calls and even concerns about this particular matter but I want to assure Rastafarians that the judge will be available on 21st for more direction..everything is on course.’’ He said.

The matter was to be mentioned last week but Korir was held up in an official duty.

In their application, the Rastas are seeking removal of some sections of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act that mandates  prosecution and conviction of Rastas for growing and using Marijuana in their private homes and designated places of worship.

“The impugned provision is an invasion of Rastas’ privacy right under Article 31(a) and a ,contravention of Rastas’ freedom to manifest their religion under Article 32 of the Constitution,” the petition by Rasta society  reads.

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