South Africa legalises private use of marijuana

“Dagga is my right” a placard reads outside the Constitutional Court on Tuesday

South Africa's highest court has legalised the use cannabis and the growing of marijuana, known in Malawi as chamba, for adult private consumption.

"It is true that there will be cases where it will be clear from all the circumstances that the possession of cannabis by a person is for personal use or consumption".

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

The Dagga Party has for many years been fighting for the decriminalisation of marijuana.

Cape Town - You can no longer be arrested for smoking dagga at home, or even for possession when police may be in doubt about whether you are using or dealing.

The court said laws against it were inconsistent with the country's constitution.

"The judgment does not specify how many grams of cannabis can a person use or have in private".

In delivering the Constitutional Court's unanimous verdict, Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo on Tuesday declared the law banning marijuana use in private by adults "is unconstitutional and therefore invalid".

Parliament will have to determine what quantity of cannabis may be used for private consumption or cultivation.

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.

But opponents fear crime connected to drug abuse and the risk of users migrating to harder drugs.

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

Today, South Africa became the first African nation to legalize the recreational use of cannabis.

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.

Already there's concern in some quarters that driving under the influence, as governed by Section 65 of the National Road Traffic Act, may not treat dagga users the same.

Globally, the legal status of cannabis varies widely. The views expressed therein are not necessarily those of stlucianewsonline.com, its sponsors or advertisers.

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