Dagga officially legal for private use in SA

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

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

The judgement was made just after 10:15 on Tuesday morning.

The ruling came on Tuesday after a provincial high court in 2017 found out that the use of cannabis in private space should be allowed. However, the state appealed this decision, putting it on the backburner for another year.

"The order also makes clear that the relevant provisions are only unconstitutional to the extent that they trench upon the private use and consumption of a quantity of cannabis for personal purposes, which the legislative considers does not constitute undue harm".

Zondo said the Constitutional Court would give parliament 24 months to correct the constitutional defects in the Drugs Act and the Medicines Act.

However, leader of the Dagga Party, Gareth Prince says they will be challenging that High Court ruling that the cannabis laws as they now stand violate equality laws.

In a landmark unanimous judgment, the Constitutional Court has ruled that the private use of cannabis is decriminalised.

Justice Zondo said growing weed, which South Africans call dagga, for personal use was legal adding that it only becomes illegal when a person grows it for sale. "Rastafarai. We are free!"

Use of cannabis and medicinal marijuana is gaining popularity in some parts of the world to ease suffering from cancer, glaucoma, HIV and AIDS, and other serious conditions.

The country's Medical Research Council has already launched trials to help guarantee quality, consistency and standards, according to local media.

South Africa's government's had opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was "harmful" to people's the health. "Now we will be able to develop the plant even further".

A South African marijuana strain called Durban Poison has been rated among the "20 greatest marijuana strains of all times", by the U.S. cannabis publication High Times.

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