It’s high time we took cannabis seriously!

  • Cindy Naidoo LexisNexis South Africa


The recent Constitutional Court ruling in the matter of Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and others v Prince and others [2018] JOL 40399 (CC) (the Prince matter) was welcomed by many South Africans. The highest court in the land held that sections 22(A)(9)(a)(i) & 22A (10) of the Medicines and Related Substances Control Act 101 of 1965 (“the Medicines Act”), and sections 4(6) and 5(b) of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act 140 of 1992, limited the constitutional right to privacy, inter alia, “…only to the extent that they prohibit the use of cannabis by an adult in private dwellings where the possession, purchase or cultivation of cannabis is for personal consumption by an adult”. (Prince v Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and others and related matters [2017] 2 All SA 864 (WCC))

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Cindy Naidoo, LexisNexis South Africa

Publishing Co-ordinator, New Business and Content Development, Legal Information and Compliance: LexisNexis South Africa