Marijuana is now legal in South Africa

Joining the ranks of Canada and California, South Africa has now legalized the private use and growing of marijuana by adults.

This follows a lower court’s ruling that criminalizing cannabis is unconstitutional.

The original case was brought by a Rastafarian and former Dagga Party leader (“dagga” is South African slang for cannabis) asking for home use to be legalized.

There have also been marches calling for legalization in recent years.

Yet several ministries, including health and justice, oppose the ruling.

The presiding judge has ordered the South African legislature to change its laws regarding drug trafficking, and to outline specifications on how much marijuana an individual can use or grow.

Sources: Reuters, Xinhuanet

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