Cannabis Legalisation South Africa
4 Apr 2017
Cannabis Legalisation South Africa – one step closer to legal dagga.
Cannabis Legalisation in South Africa has come one step closer this week after a landmark ruling in the Western Cape High Court gave a green light to the private use of Dagga (cannabis) at home. The action was brought to court by the ‘Dagga Party of South Africa’ who argued ‘that cannabis should not be a forbidden substance as listed in the Drugs and Trafficking Act.’
The result of the case was that the full bench ruled that ‘cultivation and private use of dagga at home should not be forbidden.’ and they have given parliament 2 years to make the necessary changes to ‘Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines Control Act’.
Jeremy Acton who helped bring the case to court stated that “The judgment respects the right to private use and private consumption and cultivation, in the domestic setting,” but “It doesn’t approach, for example, commercial production or selling and buying of cannabis”.
The ruling will still need to be confirmed by the constitutional court and send it to the national assembly for final approval and until that time the private use of Dagga (cannabis) will still remain illegal.
This ruling means that the Rastafarian people of South Africa will be able to freely practice their religion without fear of prosecution and will bring this amazing herb into the backyards of all South Africans who wish to do so.
Not only do the campaigners behind this legislation feel there will be many health benefits as people turn from alcohol to cannabis but there will also be tourism and industrial benefits to cannabis legalization.
Other places in the world that have adopted progressive cannabis legalization policies such as Colorado and Washinton state in the USa have seen great benefits to the economy as well as reduced levels of drug crime.
cannabis legalisation South Africa – great news for all of our South African friends!