Dagga-smok­ing box­ers stuck in a le­gal mine­field

Sunday World - - Viewpoint -

The rules of Box­ing SA (BSA) are in con­flict with the con­sti­tu­tional rights of dagga-smok­ing box­ers.

A pro­fes­sional boxer can smoke dagga at home and then leave for a fight, but if it is dis­cov­ered that he smoked, then he will have vi­o­lated the rules of BSA that pro­hibit the smok­ing of dagga be­fore fights.

The boxer acted within the laws gov­ern­ing the use of dagga by smok­ing at home but in the box­ing ring it’s dif­fer­ent, he will be tested and charged for fight­ing un­der the in­flu­ence of dagga.

So who’s fool­ing who when smok­ing at home has been le­galised, but BSA rules say it is il­le­gal to pull a few puffs be­fore en­ter­ing the square jun­gle?

Ben “TNT” Lekalake

Soweto

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