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Dagga. Picture: Henk Kruger/ANA/African News Agency

Police have arrested three men in separate incidents in Bothasig for smoking dagga in public.

Officers patrolling Centurion Centre on Friday September 20 caught a man, 36, smoking dagga in public, said Bothasig SAPS Warrant Officer Jacques Mostert.

The man also had dagga on him. The following day, officers saw a man in Vryburger Drive who appeared to be “disorientated”, according to Warrant Officer Mostert.

“The members decided to offer their assistance, but when they approached him, they found him smoking dagga.”

The man, 41, was arrested and detained for possession of dagga.

On the same day, while on patrol, officers caught another man, 55, in De Grendel Avenue smoking dagga in public, said Warrant Officer Mostert.

The man allegedly also had mandrax on him.

“SAPS Bothasig would like to issue a stern warning to the users of dagga that the illegal use of it will be policed as per the law,” said Warrant Officer Mostert.

While a Constitutional Court ruling last year means it’s no longer illegal to grow, possess or use dagga for personal use in private, it remains illegal to smoke it in public.