JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA — The nation’s highest court has upheld a 2017 decision finding that the use of marijuana by adults in private is constitutionally protected behavior.
Judges unanimously ruled that privacy protections encompass an adult’s right to possess and grow cannabis in a private space.
It is not “a criminal offense for an adult to use or be in possession of cannabis in private for his or her personal consumption,” the court determined.
Public cannabis use and marijuana sales remain prohibited under the ruling.
South African politicians first outlawed marijuana in 1908. Annually, some 13 percent of all arrests in the nation are marijuana-related.
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