In recent years the social perception of marijuana usage has been changing among a large amount of South Africans. We have also seen a large change in the winds of the perception of marijuana in many other countries, such as Canada or the United States of America. Of course there will always be people who will disagree with the usage and legalisation of marijuana, and their opinions are valid and should be respected. There is a large amount of uncertainty when it comes to the current South African laws regarding marijuana. Firstly, marijuana is still illegal. This includes form home usage.
There is much legal confusion and many people are under the impression that they can use and grow the substance within their homes and that they can carry a small amount of it. There is still much to be done before it is constitutionally recognised as legal to use. There are many people who are working towards the legalisation of the substance, however we are not there yet. If you are caught, you are potentially facing a criminal record. Any rulings that have been made are not yet in place. The Supreme Court is facing an appeal, and the act has not be placed in legislation.
Juts because the topic is in court, the Supreme Court of Appeal is currently opposing the legalisation of cannabis. This means that legislation has not been passed. The law will only be applicable if the Supreme Court of Appeal has a favourable outcome. Therefore, the use of cannabis is still illegal in South Africa. Those caught in possession of marijuana will be arrested and facing criminal charges. Many people are under the false impression that it is now more legally acceptable and they are facing less danger.
It is advised to avoid cannabis usage until it has achieved legal status, and it is advised that the laws of South Africa should be respected. Scheepers Pretorius Attorneys are here to assist with criminal law and charges in the event that you find yourself in such a situation. Be sure to visit their website and contact them for more information.