Sunday, 21 October, 2018

The Constitutional Court ruling on cannabis in five interesting tokes

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ruled that personal use of marijuana is not a criminal offence SA Constitutional Court Says Using And Growing Mbanje For Private Use Is Legal
Ellis Copeland | 18 September, 2018, 17:44

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.

It has been a long journey for Garreth Prince, one of the applicants in the matter, who began his fight against the criminalisation of cannabis over two decades ago, arguing that it was inconsistent with his constitutional freedom of religion as a Rastafarian.

The Azania from Azania.it is a victory for most Africans not seeking to deprive all the many races that have fallen in love with the natural herb. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received. In short, smoking dagga in the privacy of your own home is now perfectly legal, despite neighbourly objections and a fierce social stigma which has been attached to dagga thanks to South Africa's generally conservative makeup.

"If the police are of the view that the person is in the possession to resell, he can be arrested but a court will determine the outcome", said Zondo.

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The court gave parliament 24 months to change the law to reflect its ruling.

In the interim, adults can smoke dagga in private. Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said the law banning marijuana use by adults was unconstitutional.

If the police officer, on reasonable grounds, suspects that the person concerned is in possession of that cannabis for dealing and not for personal consumption, the officer may arrest the person.

Parliament will have to determine what quantity of cannabis may be used for private consumption or cultivation.

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