The movement is advocating for the state to let the Rastafarians use cannabis in their homes and places of worship.
Shadrack Wambui and Alexander Mwenda who are the lawyers of this movement argue that cannabis is a sacrament. They added that it connects a believer to their “God”.
“Cannabis can spiritually be referred to as bhang, marijuana, holy herb, kushungpeng, tire, ndom, vela, gode and kindukulu,” the lawyers argued.
The lawyers also added that believers of the faith use marijuana for medicinal, culinary and ceremonial purposes. They referenced their Holy Book called ‘Holy Piby’ for proof.
They also cited the verse which allows them to smoke marijuana and is referred to as ‘Nebra Negas (Glory of Kings). Or through ‘reasoning’ which involves the use of cannabis in their tabernacles.
Therefore, the movement seeks court to cancel section 3(2) (a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Control Act.
This section elaborates that any person guilty of an offence in respect of cannabis, where the person satisfies the court that the cannabis purpose is for own use, they will imprison him for ten years and in any other case, imprisonment for twenty years.
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