Police leadership has issued a directive to all units – including the Hawks – to immediately cease arresting people for the private use, cultivation and possession of cannabis, the Mail & Guardian reports.
The directive, which the Mail & Guardian has reportedly seen, has been sent to all officers, and will be in effect until Parliament decided what to do about the country’s cannabis laws.
On 18 September the Constitutional Court upheld that it should be legal for citizens to cultivate and consume marijuana for personal use in private.
As part of the judgement deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo took the view that it should be left to Parliament to decide on the quantity of cannabis that an adult person may use, possess or cultivate for it to amount to ‘personal use’.(more…)