SOUTH AFRICA’S SUPREME COURT LEGALIZES MARIJUANA USE

SOUTH AFRICA'S SUPREME COURT LEGALIZES MARIJUANA USE
A man smokes marijuana outside the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg on September 18, 2018, as South Africa’s top court is ruling over a law banning cannabis use. – Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, delivering the Johannesburg-based Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, said the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “is unconstitutional and therefore invalid”. (Photo by WIKUS DE WET / AFP) (Photo credit should read WIKUS DE WET/AFP/Getty Images)

South Africa’s highest court has legalized the use of cannabis by adults in private places. Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now” when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling. In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalized the growing of marijuana for private consumption. South Africa’s government had opposed its legalization, arguing the drug was “harmful” to people’s health.

It has not yet commented on the ruling, which is binding. Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug brought the case, saying the ban “intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres”

 

 

 

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