South Africa’s Constitutional Court on Tuesday decriminalised the private use of marijuana, commonly referred to as mbanje, after ruling that the ban on the private possession, consumption and private cultivation of the plant at home was unconstitutional. The court upheld a decision made the Western Cape High Court last year which ruled that personal use of marijuana should be legal.
The unanimous decision of the Constitutional Court was passed by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. The court went on to say that those using and growing cannabis in the privacy of their own home should be left in peace. In addition to this, parliament has been given two years to change sections of both the drug trafficking act and the medicine controls act.
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In Zimbabwe, Marijuana use and possession is still illegal although the government has allowed the farming of the drug for medicinal use.