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Marijuana Can Be Used at Home in Cape Town
The Western Cape High Court is in favour of you getting high on your own supply
Last Updated: 31 March 2017
Every Capetonian knows that they stare down the barrel of a criminal record when lighting a joint. That is all about to change as a result of the landmark ruling of the Western Cape High Court. The High Court has declared it an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in a private home.
In making the decision on Friday, 31 March 2017, it has allowed for the possession, cultivation and use of cannabis at home, for private use. In addition to the ruling, the High Court has also given parliament 24-months to change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act, as well as the Medicines Control Act.
Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton and Rastafarian Garreth Prince led the application to decriminalise the herb. They submitted that the laws prohibiting dagga use are unfair, discriminatory, outdated, and applied to disproportionate black users.
Acton, Prince and 18 plaintiffs applied to the court for the Criminal Prohibition of Dagga Act (sections 4b and 5c) to be declared unconstitutional. Those sections make it a crime to possess a drug, unless it is for medical use.
Garreth Prince explained that although the High Court made the ruling today, our law requires that the ruling will still have to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court. It is important for people to know that until the Constitutional Court confirms the ruling and refers it to the National Assembly it’s still illegal in terms of the country’s law.
By Garth Prins
Source Credit: News24 | EWN
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