Dagga can still land you in jail, Dagga Bust in Boons
Boons/ Koster – The Police in Boons arrested two suspects, aged 30 and 53, for the possession of dagga, on Friday, 14 April 2017.
The arrest came after a tip-off about a drug-dealer doing business in Redirile, a township near Derby.
Sixteen 50kg bags of dagga as well as two black refuse bags stuffed with dagga were confiscated at the scene.
The suspects appeared before the Koster Magistrates’ Court on Tuesday, 18 April 2017, Lieutenant Colonel Pelonomi Makau reported.
The Western Cape High Court has on Friday 31 March 2017, ruled the prohibition of cannabis unconstitutional, but smoking dagga can still land you in jail.
In his ruling, Judge Davis, with two judges concurring, found that laws prohibiting the use of cannabis and the possession, purchase and/or cultivation of it – in private homes and for personal consumption – were inconsistent with the Constitution and declared them invalid.
He said Parliament should have 24 months to make the relevant changes to legislation but in the interim, he said, prosecutions relating to these laws should be stayed. He also ordered that until the relevant legislative changes had been made – or until the 24 months were up – that “it will be deemed to be a defence that the use, possession, purchase or cultivation of cannabis in a private dwelling is for the personal consumption of the adult accused.”
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