S.Africa’s top court legalises personal, private cannabis use

S.Africa’s top court legalises personal, private cannabis use

In a victory for marijuana users across South Africa, ConCourt has officially legalised dagga use in a private capacity.

The court's ruling allows South Africans to grow their own cannabis in "a private place" for personal consumption only. The legislature has been given 24 months to do so.

The other issue is that Zondo reversed the Western Cape High Court ruling which declared the purchase of cannabis constitutionally invalid.

Jeremy Acton, the leader of the Dagga Party, which campaigns for the use of cannabis, said the ruling should have gone further to legalise the carrying of marijuana in public.

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Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In the interim, adults can smoke dagga in private.

The unanimous judgment decriminalises adults smoking dagga at home and growing enough marijuana for personal consumption.

Prince says cannabis should be regulated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco. There will also be cases where it will be clear from all the circumstances that the possession of cannabis by a person is not or can not be for personal consumption or use.

But opponents fear crime connected to drug abuse and the risk of users migrating to harder drugs.

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Notably, the South African government, which had opposed the legalization of marijuana, has not commented on the ruling, which is binding.

The country's Medical Research Council has already launched trials to help guarantee quality, consistency and standards, according to local media.

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If the person is suspected of dealing, Judge Zondo said the police officer may arrest the person.

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"We have used cannabis to treat anxiety, colic in children and as an antiseptic in secret for many years", said Phephsile Maseko of the Traditional Healers Organisation.

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