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South Africa ConCourt legalises mbanje Smoking

19 September 2018

In March a year ago, the Western Cape High Court ruled that personal use of marijuana (that's Dagga to you and me) should be legal, declaring that bans on the usage of dagga by adults in private homes are unconstitutional.

"It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private space, " Judge Raymond Zondo said in handing down the judgement.

The Constitutional Court will on Tuesday be handing down judgment on the question of whether or not to decriminalise cannabis use.

News24.com reported that the Constitutional Court ruling follows a similar ruling by the Western Cape High Court a year ago which ruled that the private use and cultivation of dagga was not illegal.

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Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug brought the case, saying the ban "intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres".

The Cannabis Development Council of South Africa welcomed the ruling, and called on the government to drop charges against people found in possession of the drug. In short, smoking dagga in the privacy of your own home is now perfectly legal, despite neighbourly objections and a fierce social stigma which has been attached to dagga thanks to South Africa's generally conservative makeup. But, private use does have the go-ahead as of Tuesday September 18.

But opponents fear crime connected to drug abuse and users graduating to harder drugs.

The growing of the drug has also been legalised as long as it is being produced for private use.

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Government authorities have said cannabis is harmful and should be illegal. "Now we will be able to develop the plant even further".

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South Africa ConCourt legalises mbanje Smoking