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South Africa’s Highest Court Considers Marijuana Legalization
Author: Jon Hiltz  07/11/2017 - 21:35:00

Cannabis activists came together today for a constitutional challenge that could lead to marijuana legalization in South Africa. 

In March, the Western Cape High Court heard a case which argued that being arrested for growing personal-use marijuana at home was against South Africans’ right to privacy. 

Gareth Prince and Jeremy Acton, the leader of the Dagga (Marijuana) Party, presented their case on March 31 and the regional court agreed. The justice system gave the government of South Africa 24 months to amend the Drug Trafficking Act to allow for the decision. 

The government was not pleased with the ruling and appealed promptly. Now, nearly eight months later, the South African Constitutional Court heard the case today. 

Prince and Acton were joined in court by Jules Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke, famously known as the “Dagga Couple.” Stobbs and Clarke have their own legal battle concurrently happening in a different regional court, where they too have challenged the right to grow and consume cannabis. 

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