Cannabis March – Legalize It | Diary of a DJane
The Cannabis March is something that is coming up this Saturday and it is very close to my heart, brought together by an organisation called Bongalong. I had a little chat to the guys that are running this smart little business, and they are working really hard to create awareness and fight the good fight towards legalisation of Cannabis in South Africa. This May 9th we can all get involved and March through the streets of Cape Town and hopefully together make a big enough noise to be noticed by the powers that be.
I’m sitting here trying to think of how to write about the cannabis March and why we should all get involved, if you are reading my blog you probably are an alternative thinking person and you are on the side for the Legalization so I don’t need to convince you of the necessity of it. We are all just getting on with our daily life and do what we do, but who are the guys that are fighting for this cause? If our country does open to the idea that we can lift the criminal convictions regarding Cannabis and open the concept of the medicinal qualities of this plant, not to mention the economic growth that will be generated from this. It’s an obvious choice in most people’s minds.
Last year the Cannabis March had over 5000 people attend and hopefully this year it will be even bigger! So far in South Africa we have the Dagga Couple who are fighting hard for the rights of Cannabis, as well as Below the Lion ~ William Wallace, who spoke with such patience and confidence on SABC TV a few months back with that ignorant women speaker, I know you know the one I am speaking about. (I must just say I was so impressed how William Wallace handled that interview- I would have head butted her after the first question!). That interview fortunately showed us the level of ignorance of many South Africans, and the concept of being a functional person in society that consumes this herb is unheard of. The people who are putting together the Cannabis March hope to show South Africa by the numbers that it is time to open their minds to the new possibilities and the real truth.
Bongalong is run by its founder ‘’Smokey ~Jo” and Rudolf Schutte. Together they have designed and created a beautiful range of ceramic bongs finished off with a wooden base, a stunning collector’s piece for the connoisseur, all made in South Africa. Most of the smoking paraphernalia is imported and even though it is a taboo subject, these guys felt there was a need to create a range that is proudly South African. From there they felt that the annual Cannabis March needed some support and they felt that their business could encompass such a mission. One of Jo and Rudolf’s main objectives for the legalization of Marijuana in SA is to take the power away from the dodgy dealers and to make it accessible to people and patients who are in need of the plants medicinal qualities. With everything that is going upside down in this country and the world right now, it would be such a bold step in the right direction for our Government.
The March begins at 10am Saturday the 9th May starting at the corner of Tennant and Keizersgraght (It’s near the Castle)
Organik Love Project 2015
When it starts to get chilly outside we know it’s almost the end of season. Here we are at the beginning of May and it’s time for Organik’s Love Project. As excited as I am for this party, I am sad as I know it’s the last one until September.
I do welcome the break of winter, (if there is such a thing, in my line of work). I remember the days when Organik was a Wednesday night party at Cool Runnings (Trench town). I played many sets on their small dance floor and I loved those packed nights where condensation was dripping on me and the dance floor was heaving. It sounds gross, but that is clubbing at its finest. Now after a few seasons as an outdoor production I feel they have earned their stripes and they have grown from mid-week club nights to much anticipated dates. They managed to make it through one of the stormiest days in Cape Town which got labelled one of the best parties ever. There is something about a dance floor that survives through a rain storm, by the morning all egos are thrown out the window and only raging to the music will suffice. For me, their parties always have an easy going vibe, and the Organik team always strive to make it personal and colourful and their ‘Love Project’ event is a perfect way to end the season.
So people before heading out to Organik this Saturday, get yourself and your friends down to the city centre with your signs and lets March for our Cannabis right and then let’s go party!
See you there – at both events, hopefully.
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Catch Vertical Mode this weekend at Organik Love Project