Right To Privacy Leads South African Court To Legalize Marijuana

South Africa's highest court deemed several parts of two drug laws unconstitutional, opening the door for people to use marijuana in private.
Posted at 12:26 PM, Sep 18, 2018

South Africa's highest court just made it legal to use and grow marijuana for private use.

The Constitutional Court's ruling stems from cases that challenged two drug related laws. 

The ruling declared two sections of a 1992 law and one section of a 1965 law invalid. The court said those sections, which effectively banned recreational marijuana use, violated a person's right to privacy. 

Medical marijuana is legal in South Africa, and the country's first medical dispensary opened earlier this year. 

The court suspended its decision for two years, giving South Africa's parliament the chance to change the country's laws. 

But in the meantime, the court said it is legal to use or possess marijuana in private and it's legal to grow some for personal use. The judgment does not allow people to have weed in public, nor does it allow the sale of the drug.