High hopes for marijuana activists and corporates
As the smoke clears after SA’s recent cannabis judgment, marijuana activists are looking to make the most of the ruling, while corporates are trying capitalise on legislative leniency. But not everyone’s pleased
Forget headache-inducing champagne and run-of-the-mill cakes — weed-loving South Africans can now celebrate their weddings by sharing joints and pot brownies with their guests. "That’s a private, invite-only function — of course you can have a cannabis wedding," says marijuana activist Myrtle Clarke. Clarke and Julian Stobbs, known as the "dagga couple", want South Africans to make the most of the recent Constitutional Court ruling that effectively decriminalised the private use of cannabis in SA. The judgment precedes Canada’s move to become the first economic powerhouse to let adults use cannabis for recreational purposes. But unlike Canada and other nations that have moved towards legalisation, SA has started with private consumption rather than medical marijuana. "As far as private functions and private clubs are concerned, we’ve read the judgment and there are definite loopholes," says Clarke, who has been fighting for the full legalisation of marijuana with her partner since t...