Weed was officially made legal in South Africa on Tuesday. This decision by the Constitutional Court was welcomed by many South Africans, including some more famous personalities. Smoking weed in private is fine, as long as you're not dealing.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday, 18 September that smoking marijuana in private is no longer a criminal offence.
However, Briefly.co.za reported that the court did not rule on how many grams of dagga a person will be allowed to use or carry.
While not all celebs are outspoken about their view on weed, others are quite happy with everyone knowing their appreciation of a 'zol' every now and then.
Here are some famous South Africans who were probably happy to hear the news:
While Malema has never openly declared any love for weed, he did tell a now-famous anecdote:
I have seen a lot of people smoke it, and read and not have any problems. But I have never seen people drink alcohol and read books afterwards.
The Inkatha Freedom Party's Chief Whip has echoed the calls of the former party MP Mario Ambrosini, who wanted Jacob Zuma to legalise marijuana use for medical purposes. Singh will be happy to know that dagga is now legal.
It is certainly not a free for all, it’s a point of departure for government is that ‘okay let us accept that we need to research the efficacy of these products for pain relief.
A couple of former Proteas
Andre Nel, Herschelle Gibbs, and Roger Telemachus have all gotten into trouble over smoking weed. It's no secret that they will appreciate the court's decision.
The Dagga Couple
The Dagga Couple, the people who successfully fought for the decriminalisation of private cannabis use, are Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke. Briefly.co.za reported earlier on how the two began their long journey to the Constitutional Court after being arrested in 2010 for being in possession of dagga at their home.
One of South Africa's foremost Rastafarians who has been asking for the legalisation of weed since the 1970's.
SA's Trade and Industry Minister stated in August that the country is looking at ways cannabis can be used to boost the economy and create jobs.
The former Democratic Alliance member became the leader of the Dagga Party (yes, it's real, people) and has been fighting for the decriminalisation of weed. Acton also hopes for the use of medical marijuana treatments.
Dan Stein and Eva Manyedi
The two North West Uni and UCT academics were part of the Central Drug Authority’s 10-person panel who wanted to answer questions about the subject. They found that if dagga was made legal, it could improve public health.
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