South Africa passes law regulating personal cannabis use

Posted on June 14th, 2024 by Global Ganja Report and tagged , , , , .
South AfricaSouth African President Cyril Ramaphosa on May 28 signed into law the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act (CfPPA), codifying the personal use of cannabis by adults. The new law removes cannabis from the federal Drugs & Drug Trafficking Act and recognizes the rights of adults to possess and grow personal-use quantities of cannabis in private.

It also establishes a process so that those with criminal records for certain marijuana-related offenses can have their convictions expunged.

The law does not establish rules for the commercial production or retail sales of cannabis products. Such activities remain prohibited.

Passage of the law comes years after the nation’s highest court determined that the private use of cannabis by adults is constitutionally protected behavior.

South African lawmakers initially criminalized the use of cannabis in 1908. (NORML)

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