Marijuana locally referred to as dagga has been legalized in South Africa for private use in homes.
The Western Cape High court has finally handed down its judgment in support of the use of dagga in South African homes.
Delivering the judgment on Friday, the high court chief Judge allowed for the possession, cultivation and use dagga at home, for private use.
Pro-dagga parties, lobbyists and activist Gareth Prince made the application at the high court in support of IFP MP Mario Ambrosini who first proposed the bill before his death in 2014.
The group requested for dagga users to have the same rights as alcohol and tobacco users and argued that the state could not substantiate claims of harm to society or individuals.
The South African public were called to air their opinion on the matter with Thursday 30 March being the deadline for public comments on the bill.
Yesterday was the deadline for public comment on the bill which would regulate the growing of medical dagga by issuing a permit for the controlled cultivation of it for medicinal use.
In its Friday ruling, the high court not only permitted the possession, cultivation and use dagga at home, for private use, it also ruled that Parliament must in 24 months (two years) change sections of the Drug Trafficking Act, as well as the Medicines Control Act.