Johannesburg - Police no longer have the right to arrest adults found in possession of dagga in their private homes.
The Constitutional Court ruled on Tuesday morning that legislation banning use and cultivation of dagga in private homes violates privacy.
In a unanimous ruling read by Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo, the highest court in the land confirmed a previous judgment of the Western Cape High Court.
The National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) had hoped the Constitutional Court would overturn the ruling of the Western Cape High Court.
Ministries of Health, Police, Trade and Industry and Justice and Constitutional Development had joined forces with the NPA to appeal the Western Cape ruling but Tuesday's ruling effectively dismissed their appeal.