It’s a great day for all weed lovers in South Africa as the court gives the Rastafarian community a major victory in its most recent ruling.
The South African Supreme court has ruled it’s no longer illegal to smoke cannabis, in private.
‘The right to privacy is not confined to a home or private dwelling. It will not be a criminal offense for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private space,’ Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said.
South Africa’s Rastafarian community says a court ruling on cannabis is a victory for their cultural rights.
The nation’s top court says adults are allowed to grow and smoke it in private.
The court gave Parliament 24 months to update legislation relating to marijuana to be in line with its ruling
‘The judgment does not specify how many grams of cannabis can a person use or have in private,’ Zondo said.
Phephelaphi Dube, Director at the Centre for Constitutional Rights calls the judgment ‘cautiously progressive’
The ruling highlights a firm step towards a liberal cultural space for South Africans and a major legitimizing of the South African Rastafarian community.
But experts say the new rules may be difficult to police.