South Africans reacted quickly on social media when cannabis was decriminalised yesterday, following a Constitutional Court ruling. Read more on the specifics here. We are known for our sense of humour – a necessary skill in the current political and economical climate. Because if you can’t laugh, what can you do?
While there are many questions – what amount qualifies as personal possession and use? What is meant by a ‘private space’ and how much can we grow on our properties? – South Africans enjoyed the historic moment by posting their reactions. Regardless of how you feel about the news, these reactions are worth a read.
Most popular Google searches:
— Osvaldo (@osvaldo_naftal) September 19, 2018
Some responded with political theories behind the ruling:
— Secretary Of Black Twittter (@princey_SA) September 19, 2018
And then there was the time IQELA LENTSANGO: The Dagga Party of South Africa leader Jeremy Acton lit up live on studio during a cannabis legalisation debate:
— Khal Drogo (@keithsmashes) September 18, 2018
This guy wasted no time (though we’re pretty sure this is likely over the personal possession limit – just a bit).
[Weed/ #Dagga is legalized in South Africa]
— Faisal (@PyeparFaisal) September 18, 2018
Others got really creative, and bless them for blessing our feeds with their ingeniousness:
Someone on Facebook announced new Afrikaans names for days of the week…. pic.twitter.com/WEbhQuU16g
— Pierre de Vos (@pierredevos) September 18, 2018
— Sheldon (@sheldon_cameron) September 18, 2018
But there are questions, many questions:
— Thabiso GQ…🔥🔥🔥 (@Thabisokale3) September 18, 2018
While the country is going nuts over yesterdays news by the Constitutional Court to decriminalize #Dagga. I’m patiently waiting for when our Government will announce free sanitary towels.
— Mbongeni (@MGegana7) September 19, 2018
A national holiday in the making?
So September the 18th will go down in South Africa as a national weed independence day #Dagga 👏👏👏👏👏
— SMASH 🇿🇦 (@Mandla_Sms) September 18, 2018
Some gave credit to Tesla billionaire, Elon Musk, for swaying the public view with a video of him on The Joe Rogan Experience podcast earlier this month where he smoked his first joint.
— Tumisang Kalagobe 🇿🇦 (@tumi_laurel) September 18, 2018
Others brought up important reasons why decriminalisation was necessary in their view, past their own personal use:
South Africa’s constitutional court has ruled that the private use of marijuana is legal. This has the potential to free up lots of police resources, to reduce police corruption, and to reduce unnecessary conflict between police and the public. #marijuana #dagga @SAPoliceService pic.twitter.com/GgVl6Fh3pH
— Andrew Faull (@AGFaull) September 18, 2018
— Gemma Ritchie (@RichGemma) September 18, 2018
Scary marijuana stats:
1. 88,000 deaths are annually attributed to excessive use.
2. Every day, 30 people in the US die in car crashes
3. use kills 4,700 people each year
4. Lol jk those stats are about alcohol
Lets get smoking#Dagga
— King Bryan 👑 (@_BlackZA) September 18, 2018
— 《《Major A》》🇿🇦 (@AndileLN) September 18, 2018
The South African Parliament was given 24 months to update existing legislation on cannabis use. News 24 reports that they have responded, saying “as required by the Constitution, the public will have an opportunity to make submissions during the processes in Parliament.”
The laws to be reviewed include the Drugs Act sections 4 (b) and 5 (b) as well as section 22A of the Medicines Act.