South Africa legalises private use of marijuana

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

He lost his case in the Constitutional Court asking for dagga to be permitted for religious use in 2002.

Prince says cannabis should be regulated in the same way as alcohol and tobacco.

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.

Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. News24 editors also reserve the right to edit or delete any and all comments received.

South Africa's government's had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was "harmful" to people's the health.

Obviously, there are clear-cut situations which denote the differences between private use and possession with the intention to sell. "It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private space", Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said on Tuesday.

If the person is suspected of dealing, Judge Zondo said the police officer may arrest the person. But, the judgement does leave some room for misinterpretation, particularly with regards to the "personal use" statute.

Parliament now has 24 months to change the relevant sections of the Medicines Controls Act to bring it in line with the ruling. But ultimately, it would be up to the court to decide whether the person in possession of cannabis had the intent to deal it, or use it for his/her consumption.

"This must be determined by parliament", he said.

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