South Africa’s top court ruled Tuesday that private, personal cannabis use is legal in a landmark case that has pitted officials against marijuana advocates and the judiciary.
Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said the law banning marijuana use by adults was unconstitutional.
The unanimous judgment decriminalises adults smoking cannabis at home and growing enough for personal consumption.
Last year, the Western Cape High Court decriminalised the use of marijuana at home.
But several government ministries – the justice, police, health and trade – challenged the ruling. They argued that it was not in line with the constitution, saying cannabis is more harmful to users than tobacco and alcohol.
more recommended stories
South Africa to vaccinate teenagers with single dose of Pfizer
South Africa will start vaccinating children.
Are xenophobic attacks on the rise in South Africa?
Two shops belonging to foreign nationals.
At least 5 dead after a disused diamond mine collapse in S.Africa
At least five people are presumed.
At least 10 killed in tragic bus crash on the N3, KwaZulu-Natal
At least 10 people have been.
SA Government pleased by removal of South Africa from UK’s red list
South African government is pleased with.
Nelson Mandela widow urges end to violence against South African women
Widow of Nelson Mandela, Graça Machel.
WATCH: Jacob Zuma speaks for the first time, urges people to vote ANC
South African former President Jacob Zuma.
South Africa metal workers begin indefinite strike
South Africa’s biggest engineering metalworkers union.