In a landmark ruling, the Western Cape High Court of South Africa has declared that banning the adult-use of cannabis in a private residence is unconstitutional. Parliament has been given 24 months to change portions of the Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines Control Act.
Western Cape High Court rules that can cultivate, possess dagga at home. Parly must change laws that relate to prohibition @News24
— Jenni Evans (@itchybyte) March 31, 2017
This incredible decision allows for the possession, cultivation, and use of dagga (cannabis) in a private residence. The ruling must still go to Constitutional Court for confirmation, where it will then be referred to the National Assembly.
“It was a unanimous decision made here at the Western Cape Court. Three judges declared the law to be unconstitutional,” said activist and lawyer Gareth Prince.
Prince, who is a Rastafarian, along with Jeremy Acton, who is the leader of the Dagga Party in South Africa, argued in December of last year for cannabis decriminalization. They stated that laws prohibiting marijuana were outdated and discriminatory because they disproportionately targeted black users and went against religious freedoms.
This historical move comes on the tail end of another big cannabis win in South Africa. Last month, the South African Government approved the manufacture and distribution of medical marijuana for the country.
These two major decisions have paved the way for the citizens of South Africa to use their medicine without persecution, and to enjoy their personal freedoms without condemnation. It also sets a powerful example for the rest of the African continent.
Congratulations, South Africa.
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