South Africa has just become the latest country to legalize weed, thus slowly dwindling down the number of countries with draconian drug laws. This week the constitutional court of South Africa ruled that criminalizing cannabis use was “unconstitutional and therefore invalid” Telegraph reports.
“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,” according to the official ruling, read by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo in Johannesburg.
What this Means for South Africa
South African parliament will have two years to come up with new legislation to reflect the law change. At the announcement the gallery erupted in applause. Outside of the courthouse, onlookers and legalization advocates immediately began lighting up in celebration. One participant said, “Now we can get police to focus on real drugs and thugs.”
It’s important to note that this new ruling will legalize private use of cannabis, that is smoking weed inside your home would be okay. Smoking in public places is still not allowed. Selling will of course still not be allowed. Growing weed will be legal for adults living in South Africa. Naturally the police were opposed to the law change, citing the “dangers of cannabis.” Someone seems angry that they’ll have issues meeting their arrest quota.
Though, this is not quite as momentous as legalization in Canada will be next month, this still a huge deal. Slowly, but surely cannabis legalization is taking over. It will only be a matter of time until there are more countries with legalized weed than without. There’s no stopping us now!
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Where will be the next place to legalize weed (excluding Canada). Tell us your guesses in the comments!
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