On 18 September 2018, the Constitutional Court of South Africa confirmed a ruling by the Western Cape High Court that specific laws criminalising the private use, possession, purchase and cultivation of cannabis by adults are unconstitutional. The Constitutional Court held that certain statutory provisions are unconstitutional because they infringe on the right to privacy entrenched in section 14 of the Constitution. This article examines how the Court arrived at this groundbreaking conclusion and how it affects the lives of ordinary citizens.

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