In a unanimous ruling hailed by activists campaigning for the legalization of marijuana, judges declared unconstitutional three sections of the Structure that prohibited hashish consumption, possession and cultivation.
The ruling says Parliament ought to change the regulation inside 24 months.
Promoting and smoking hashish, popularly often called “dagga” in South Africa, in public locations stays unlawful.
South Africa joins a rising listing of African international locations embracing the authorized use of marijuana. Final 12 months, Lesotho turned the primary African nation to supply authorized licenses to develop it. In April, Zimbabwe’s authorities legalized cultivation for medicinal and scientific functions.
In his view, legal guidelines regulating marijuana use shouldn’t be stricter than these for tobacco and alcohol use.
“The ruling is a victory for each one who is a member of our tradition. Nonetheless, individuals ought to be capable of collect in locations that are nonetheless personal occasions the place collective expertise of hashish use might proceed, simply as individuals collect to have a beer,” Acton mentioned.