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Consumption of cannabis legalized in South Africa

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Cannabis(also known as Dagga in SA) which was highly kicked against has been legalized in South Africa, in a unanimous ruling, judges also legalized the growing of marijuana for private consumption. South Africa’s government once opposed its legalization, because it was believed to be harmful to people’s health.

Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug brought the case, saying the ban “intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres”.

Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said in his judgement that¬†“It will not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption.”

The Cannabis Development Council of South Africa welcomed the ruling, and called on the government to drop charges against people found in possession of the drug.

Jeremy Acton, the leader of the Dagga Party, which campaigns for the use of cannabis, said the ruling should have gone further to legalize the carrying of marijuana in public.