On the 18th of September 2018, Deputy Chief Justice, Raymond Zondo, delivered the judgement that had South African marijuana smokers celebrating. The private use of dagga is now legal. However, it’s not really as simple as that. There are a few details that you need to know in order to follow the new law. We’ve got the facts below.
So, Can I Smoke Weed Legally Now?
Yes, you can. However, you can only do so in your private capacity. That means you are within your rights to smoke marijuana, but only on your home premises.
Can I Smoke Weed Outside of My Home?
No, you can’t. If you are caught smoking weed outside of your home, you can still be prosecuted.
Is It Legal for Me to Sell Weed?
No. Selling weed to others is still illegal. It’s also still illegal to buy it.
Can I Grow My Own Weed Then?
If done at home, yes. You are entitled to grow your own marijuana.
Is It Legal for Me to Carry Weed On Me When I’m Not At Home?
As long as it remains in your pocket or bag and is of a reasonable amount to be considered acceptable for private use, it is legal to carry marijuana on your person outside of your home. Having said that, this aspect of the law is still hazy. Due to this fact, the police have been instructed to deal with these instances on a case by case basis. Hence, it is probably safer to keep your marijuana at home.
Is There a Restriction on the Amount of Weed That I’m Allowed to Have at Home?
There is likely to be, yes. However, the government is still working on finalising this aspect of the new law.
Can Anyone Smoke Dagga in Private?
No. There is definitely going to be an age restriction implemented. However, the government is also still deciding what this specific age restriction will be.
Remember that if you do choose to smoke marijuana recreationally, it’s important to do so responsibly and in moderation. The World Health Organisation emphasises the fact that while the plant does come with its medical benefits, frequent smoking of dagga can lead to psychiatric side effects, memory loss and lung disease.
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