The Constitutional Court ruling on cannabis in five interesting tokes

“Dagga is my right” a placard reads outside the Constitutional Court on Tuesday

Justice Raymond Zondo said he took into account worldwide law allowing the private use of dagga at home.

He added that it would not be a criminal offence for an adult person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for their personal consumption in private.

The constitutional court received an appeal after a South African High Court ruled that weed for private use was legal.

Three cannabis users who had faced prosecution for using the drug argued in the Constitutional Court that the prohibition "intrudes unjustifiably into their private spheres".

The order makes it clear that only cultivation of marijuana for private use should be allowed, ruling out commercial growth of the drug as has occurred in the U.S. state of California, for example.

FILE PHOTO: A man smokes marijuana, known locally as dagga, during a march calling for the legalisation of cannabis in Cape Town, South Africa, May 6, 2017.

The potential implications of the binding judgment are enormous, and unpredictable - particularly in terms of the criminal justice system, which routinely locks up thousands of overwhelmingly poor South Africans for using or dealing in small amounts of cannabis.

Essentially, the ConCourt has declared that the ban on private use and the cultivation of dagga within a private home or property, is unconstitutional.

The ruling hasn't however, said how much a person can legally have, and that will be up to parliament.

In the meantime‚ the court specified it has granted interim relief that allows personal use at home.

It said the country's cannabis ban was in contradiction to its constitution which gives citizens the right to privacy.

Prince says there is no truth in the misconceptions that cannabis is harmful.

The news comes following claims that Coca-Cola is in "serious talks" with a cannabis production company to make a cannabis-infused drink.

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