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ConCourt reserves judgement in ‘dagga case’

The State has asked the Constitutional Court to rule in favour of returning the case on the legality of dagga to the high court to be debated thoroughly.

Cannabis activists made their way to the Constitutional Court as they continue to fight for the legalisation of the marijuana plant. Picture: Ihsaan Haffejee.

JOHANNESBURG - The State has asked the Constitutional Court to rule in favour of returning the case on the legality of dagga to the high court to be debated thoroughly.

The Constitutional Court has reserved judgement in the so-called “dagga case” and says it will make a ruling soon.

The legal team belonging to the State had brought the Western Cape High Court’s decision to legalize the private use of cannabis to the highest court in the land, in the hope of reversing it.

State counsel Thomas Bokaba has argued that the case should be argued beyond just privacy.

WATCH: Cannabis activists take legalisation case to Constitutional Court

He says the high court’s reasons for its ruling was short-sighted.

“It creates a burden on the health system, it impacts, as we know in this country, on families, communities in general.”

But Rastafarian Garreth Prince says the matter should return to the high court for a general order in favour of legalization.

“The arrest in front of my wife and children was humiliating… why should I go through that? The crime according to the State is I grow plants.”

Prince says the same rights afforded to alcohol and tobacco users should be given to cannabis users.

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