South African court rules that private marijuana use is legal


Adults in South Africa are allowed to use cannabis in the privacy of their own homes, according to a new court ruling.

South Africa’s top court on Tuesday said that adults are allowed to cultivate and consume cannabis in “a private place” as long as it is for personal use, reports CBS News.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo delivered the Constitutional Court’s unanimous verdict, declaring that the law banning marijuana use in private by adults “is unconstitutional and therefore invalid.”

“It will not be a criminal offense for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption,” Zondo said in Johannesburg.

The ruling also specifies that an adult’s right to privacy “extends beyond the boundaries of a home.”

However, public use will remain illegal, as well as selling or distributing marijuana.

South Africa’s Medical Research Council is in the process of launching trials to maintain and guarantee the quality, consistency and standards of legal cannabis products, according to Aljazeera.

“We have used cannabis to treat anxiety, colic in children and as an antiseptic in secret for many years,” said Phephsile Maseko, member of the Traditional Healers Organisation. “Now we will be able to develop the plant even further.”

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Oscar Pascual

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