Published: Wed, September 19, 2018
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

ConCourt decriminalises private dagga use, rules current act is unconstitutional

ConCourt decriminalises private dagga use, rules current act is unconstitutional

South Africa's top court says adults can use marijuana in private.

The unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court was passed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo.

The court did not specify the quantity of cannabis a person can grow or use in private.

"The ACDP and the majority of South Africans do not want dagga decriminalised and legalised for private use, given the high number of young people battling drug addiction".

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Several government departments, including the health and justice ministries, oppose its legalization and warn of harmful effects.

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

In Zimbabwe, Marijuana use and possession is still illegal although the government has allowed the farming of the drug for medicinal use.

And while thousands of naturalists, herbalists, homoeopathy advocates and dagga smokers all over South Africa celebrate the landmark ruling, questions surrounding the practical implications of the judgement have begun to surface. 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.

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Parliament has two years to amend the relevant laws. But, private use does have the go-ahead as of Tuesday September 18.

This also extended to cultivating cannabis in a private place for personal consumption in private.

But opponents fear crime connected to drug abuse and users graduating to harder drugs.

The beverage company made the confirmation while responding to a report from BNN Bloomberg that said it was in talks with Canada's Aurora Cannabis develop drinks infused with cannabidiol (CBD), the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana.

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