Celebratory cheers and hugs in South Africa, after the country’s highest court approves the private use of marijuana.
Activists including members of the Rastafarian movement and traditional healers welcomed the ruling.
They’ve been marching for years to have weed – known locally as ‘dagga’ legalized.
RASTAFARIAN LAWYER AND ACTIVIST, GARRETH PRINCE,
“If you possess for private use in your car or on the street they can’t take you – that is what they confirmed today.”
But not everyone is in favor of the court’s decision.
But in a unanimous ruling, the Constitutional Court decriminalized the personal, adult, consumption of marijuana at home.
Reuters Patricia Aruo is in Johannesburg.
REUTERS CORRESPONDENT, PATRICIA ARUO,
“The ruling means south Africans can light up a joint in their homes or grow marijuana for private use at home. Two of South Africa’s neighbors have already legalized the use of cannabis. Lesotho was the first country to allow the legal use of marijuana. In May this year, Zimbabwe became the second African nation to legalize growing marijuana for medicinal and research purposes.”