Hallelujah, my plants are now legal.
That’s according to News24, who reported that the Western Cape High Court made a landmark ruling that “it is an infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in private homes” this morning at around 10AM.
Pretty big news, for some more than others, but there’s no denying that many will now rejoice.
In making the ruling on Friday, it has allowed for the possession, cultivation and use dagga at home, for private use.
It has also ruled that Parliament must change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act, as well as the Medicines Control Act.
It has 24 months to do so.
The application was driven by Dagga Party leader Jeremy Acton and Rastafarian Garreth Prince, who argued on December 13 and 14 of last year for the decriminalisation of the herb:
Acton, Prince, and 18 plaintiffs applied to the court for the Criminal Prohibition of Dagga Act (sections 4b and 5c), read with certain sections of Part III of Schedule 2 of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, to be declared unconstitutional.
Those sections make it a crime to possess a drug, unless it is for a variety of medical reasons. The Drugs and Trafficking Act defines what constitutes a drug.
They are also challenging the Medicines and Related Substances Act.
They submitted that the laws prohibiting dagga use are unfair, discriminatory, outdated, and applied disproportionately to black users.
The two have been helping people arrested for possession of dagga by obtaining a stay of prosecution, pending the outcome of their application.
Of course, it doesn’t mean that you can go overboard. Although the specifics have yet to be detailed at length, maybe keep it undercover for a while.
But hey, by all means go and have a little celebratory toke tonight.
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