South Africans can grow and smoke weed at home

South Africa’s Constitutional Court has ruled that personal use of marijuana is not a criminal offence

The Constitutional Court of South Africa, the country's highest court, on Tuesday morning ruled that the personal use of cannabis is not a criminal offence.

As part of the judgement deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo took the view that it should be left to Parliament to decide on the quantity of cannabis that an adult person may use, possess or cultivate for it to amount to "personal use".

"In the case of cultivation of cannabis, the effect of this judgement is to decriminalise the cultivation of cannabis by an adult in a private place for that adult's personal consumption", he said.

The court upheld a decision made the Western Cape High Court past year which ruled that personal use of marijuana should be legal.

Three cannabis users facing prosecution for consuming the drug have argued to the Constitutional Court that the prohibition of cannabis "intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres", breaching their constitutional rights.

The landmark ruling follows an appeal by the South African government against a lower court ruling, that legalised private dagga use, in 2017.




"It's not enough, we also have privacy in person, as we walk in a public space, therefore we should be allowed to carry cannabis in public", said Jeremy Acton, leader of the Dagga Party in South Africa which advocates for the rights of cannabis users.

The government still has to decide how much weed a person may use in private and the age restriction for use.

Adults who used marijuana in private would be protected by the ruling until the law was amended. The state additionally failed to produce any useful data to show that criminalising dagga use had led to a reduction in private usage. The court did not rule on how many grams an adult will be allowed to use or more crucially carry.

It was found that the ban on the private use and cultivation of dagga is unconstitutional.

Meanwhile, the soft drink titan Coca-Cola says it has been eyeing cannabis-infused drinks (CBD).

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