South Africa court legalizes personal use of cannabis/ marijuana

South Africa's top court legalises private use of cannabis

Members of the Rastafarian movement and traditional healers greeted the ruling with loud applause

In addition, the judges in a unanimous ruling have also legalised the growing of marijuana for private use.

There had been a looming cloud in South Africa over the issue of smoking marijuana, and the Constitutional Court stepped in to clarify the issue by ruling that marijuana is now legal in South Africa for private use only.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said the law banning marijuana use by adults was unconstitutional.

Now, Twitter has been lit with joy since the ruling was handed down.

The matter initially brought before court by Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton and Rastafarian Garreth Prince, landed in the country's highest court following Judge Davis's judgment past year that provisions in the act unjustifiably limited applicants' rights to privacy.

Another aspect of the High Court judgment the Constitutional Court refused to confirm relates to the order declaring that provisions prohibiting the purchase of cannabis were invalid.

Regarding the new ruling, the Constitutional Court has instructed Parliament to draft appropriate legislation within twenty-four months.

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For Phephsile Maseko, the south african organization of traditional doctors, the judgment delivered Tuesday is "a great victory not only for the health practitioners but also for our patients".

Today, South Africa became the first African nation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.

The justice of south africa has legalized Tuesday, the consumption of marijuana for personal use for adults, epilogue judicial record that generated controversy for years in this country as in the rest of the world. It still remains illegal to smoke weed in public, to sell or supply it. It found no persuasive medical evidence that dagga in small amounts was harmful to users, particularly compared to the harm resulting from use of alcohol.

It seems several ministries, who opposed the decriminalisation of dagga for private use, have been caught on the back foot.

Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug brought the case, saying the ban "intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres".

South Africa marijuana legalization has occurred in reverse order when compared with its Canadian counterpart.

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