In a victory for marijuana users across South Africa, ConCourt has officially legalised dagga use in a private capacity. The judgement was made just after 10:15 this morning.
The government now has 24 months to officially write this bill into law. However, private use does have the go-ahead as of Tuesday 18 September. Zondo clarified that it is now up to the ruling party to decide what quantities are allowed per person, and it must strictly be based on “personal use”. The official status for cannabis is now “decriminalised”. However, dealing, selling it on to others or smoking it outside the confines of your own home remains an illegal practice.
Adults are allowed to grow, use and cultivate the substance on their own property.
The economic future for legalising cannabis looks even more impressive
Holistic Relief Wellness and Pain Management Centre founder, Krithi Thaver said decriminalising private cannabis use would attract older patients.
"Because this ruling will now make headlines by tomorrow morning‚ people will want to start using it because it's now legal. The older generation‚ who stayed away because it was illegal‚ will now want to try our products‚" Thaver said.The centre has been operating in Durban since May and claims to have treated over 500 patients with medicinal cannabis products from the United States.
The founder of Canna Culture and chair of the KwaZulu-Natal branch of the Cannabis Development Council of SA‚ was at the Constitutional Court today when the court overturned the ban on domestic cannabis consumption.
"We are super stoked. It has been a long journey for us. Now that cannabis is legalised‚ we can start the process of building up South Africa‚" Thaver said.