South Africans can grow and smoke weed at home

Geraldine Edwards
September 19, 2018

News24.com reported that the Constitutional Court ruling follows a similar ruling by the Western Cape High Court a year ago which ruled that the private use and cultivation of dagga was not illegal.

"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.

These are all popular misconceptions and people should inform themselves with the truth.

The constitutional court received an appeal after a South African High Court ruled that weed for private use was legal.

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They also cite medical research which suggests a link between heavy use of marijuana and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

While illegal, marijuana is an important cash crop for rural communities, particularly in the Eastern Cape and KwaZulu-Natal provinces.

At the moment, possessing, growing or using marijuana - even in small quantities - can technically lead to jail time, a fine and a criminal record.

The court has not approved - in any form - the trade in marijuana, meaning the government will not be able to profit from taxing a legalised industry.

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The court gave parliament 24 months to change the law to reflect its ruling.

However, the judgement did not specify the amount that can be used by an adult in private use.

Parliament would have to decide on this, it said.

These sections, the judgment reads, "criminalise the use or possession in private or cultivation in a private place of cannabis by an adult for his or her own personal consumption in private".

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South Africa is the third country in Africa to legalise cannabis, following Lesotho in September 2017, and in Zimbabwe in April this year.

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