SA ConCourt Legalizes Dagga in Landmark Judgment

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

SA Constitutional Court Says Using And Growing Mbanje For Private Use Is Legal

The ruling was a confirmation of a 2017 Western Cape High Court judgment that afforded the applicants the right to use the herb in the privacy of their homes freely. The court went on to say that those using and growing cannabis in the privacy of their own home should be left in peace.

Key laws debated in the Western Cape High Court in 2017 were the Drugs Act sections 4 (b) and 5 (b) as well as section 22A of the Medicines Act.

It's been a good day for marijuana users as the Constitutional Court ruled that the private use of marijuana is now legal.

According to the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992, anything under 115 grams can be successfully argued as being possessed for "personal 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.

Jeremy Acton, the leader of the Dagga Party, which campaigns for the use of cannabis, said the ruling should have gone further to legalise the carrying of marijuana in public.

Previous court hearings on the emotive issue have drawn protests by those opposed to legalising cannabis, as well as by those in favour of decriminalisation. They also cite medical research which suggests a link between heavy use of marijuana and psychotic disorders such as schizophrenia.

Prince says there is no truth in the misconceptions that cannabis is harmful.

It's believed Coca-Cola is interested in developing refreshments that are infused with cannabidiol, commonly referred to as CBD, the non-psychoactive chemical found in marijuana plants.

Globally, the legal status of cannabis varies widely.

The breakthrough for South African cannabis users came just a day after United States soft drinks giant Coca-Cola confirmed it was studying the use of a key ingredient in marijuana to make "wellness beverages".

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