SAfrica's top court legalizes personal, private cannabis use

Remigio Civitarese
Settembre 21, 2018

Campaigners in the public gallery cheered and chanted "weed free now".

The Cannabis Development Council of South Africa did not only welcome the ruling, but also called on the government to immediately drop charges against everyone facing cannabis related prosecution.

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However, Zondo never defined what this meant, said Wits University associate professor, advocate James Grant.

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. Four specific sections of the laws were challenged originally and the High Court found them to be inconsistent with the right to privacy guaranteed by section 14 of South Africa's Constitution. The ruling is for personal use only. Using cannabis in public, as well as selling and supplying it, is still illegal. The landlocked nation gave one of two licenses to South African alternative medicine company Verve Dynamics.

In the interim, adults who used marijuana in private would be protected by the ruling until the law was amended, the report said. "However, people should be able to gather in places which are still private events where collective experience of cannabis use may continue, just as people gather to have a beer", Acton said.

The decision allows adults to consume cannabis in private and grow marijuana for private consumption.

The high court had ordered Parliament to change the legislation within 24 months.

The court admitted medical studies that showed alcohol caused more harm than marijuana and that there was little data to show that criminalizing marijuana reduced harmful use.

There is an abundance of cannabis in Africa with more than 10,000 tons being produced annually.

"We use cannabis for anxiety, colic in children".

Cannabis has been legalized in South Africa by the country's highest court.

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