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Parliament given 2 years to redefine laws around private dagga use

The landmark ruling handed down earlier on Tuesday decriminalises the use of dagga by adults in private spaces.

Rastafarians smoke cannabis outside the South African Constitutional Court on 18 September 2018, before the ruling on the private use marijuana is delivered. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

JOHANNESBURG - The Constitutional Court has ruled that sections of the Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines Control Act are unconstitutional and invalid.

The landmark ruling handed down earlier on Tuesday decriminalises the use of dagga by adults in private spaces.

In the unanimous ruling, deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo ruled that certain sections of the Medicines Control Act and Drug Trafficking Act are not in line with the Constitution.

Zondo has instructed Parliament to redefine those sections in the law within two years.

“They infringe the right to privacy entrenched in section 14 of the Constitution. This has dispensed with that limitation.”

This ruling means that police can no longer arrest anyone found in possession or using dagga within private spaces, which include homes and vehicles.

(Edited by Thapelo Lekabe)