The Ras Tafari Society of Kenya (RSK) group wants the High Court to suspend Sections 3 (1) (2) (a) of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (Control) Act.
The Rastafarians argue that the 1994 law is hostile and intolerant of those who profess the Rastafarian faith. However, the constitution is a progressive and accommodative document that protects marginalized groups like yours.
“Members of the RSK are forced to live in fear as a religious minority in Kenya as the current legal framework is contrary to their religious practices does not adequately take into account the Rastafarian use of marijuana as an expression of their faith and for their attachment to the Almighty Creator. They repeat:
The group wants the court to issue orders such as the arrest and prosecution of its members for growing cannabis sativa for spiritual use in their homes or at certain places of worship Rasta tabernacles and mansions will be stopped.
Thr Despite attorney Shadrack Wambui, the society argues that the insensitivity and unconstitutionality of the law is caused by intolerance of the use of bhang by those professing Rastafarian beliefs It proves that the matter should be referred to the Chief Justice to appoint a bench of judges of odd number to judge the case.
The group also says that its members have spiritual growth and use of marijuana need what they say as a sacrament and used to connect the Rasta and his Creator.
“The use of cannabis, esp ondere among members of the RSK and any other person who professes the Rastafarian faith is prohibited due to the mentioned section. In this way, the spiritual use of cannabis by Rastas is criminalized, but the manifestation of their religion enjoys constitutional protection, ”says the petition.