In a landmark ruling, South Africa’s highest court on Tuesday legalised the use of cannabis by adults in private places.
Hundreds of Pro-marijuana activists cheered in the public gallery and chanted “Weed are free now”, when the Constitutional Court gave its landmark ruling.
South Africa’s government’s had initially opposed its legalisation, arguing the drug was “harmful” to people’s health.
However, In a unanimous ruling, judges also legalised the growing of marijuana for private consumption.
In a similar fashion, presidential aspirant on the platform of the African Action Congress (AAC), Omoyele Sowore, had said last month that if elected, he would decriminalise marijuana use.
He said people were making billions from the plant while Nigeria was lagging behind.
“We have to start taking care of our weed, such that we can also contribute to the GDP of the world,” he had said.
“Some of the best weeds in the world are grown in Ekiti state; I’m very serious. People are making billions out of that particular plant that is very potent in Nigeria. We should be focusing on it. Our NDLEA should get the notice, memo in advance that Nigeria will be exporting weed to cure cancer in other parts of the world.”
Sowore said he knew the subject of marijuana was a controversial one but he expressed readiness to further discuss it if the need arises.
“That’s my last word and I know this one is controversial. If you want to hear more from me about it, I will discuss it,” he added.