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South Africa Legalises Cannabis

On the Tuesday 18th September, the people of South Africa highly rejoiced after the judgment was passed by the Constitutional Court of South Africa which lifts the ban on the cultivation and private use of marijuana (dagga). The decision was made after the highest court in South Africa court rendered a judgment that prohibits the cultivation and private use of dagga.

The ruling of the court legalizes the smoking and growing of dagga for private use. However, according to the highest court in South Africa, marijuana cannot be publicly smoked or publicly sold. The South African Constitutional Court’s decision sustains a ruling by the Western Cape High Court that a prohibition on personal cannabis consumption was unconstitutional, which permits marijuana for the province including Cape Town. However, according to the Daily Nation, police officials, justice, trade, and health ministries were against the ruling.

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