Johannesburg, South Africa: Lockdown has been a rough ride for South Africans all over the country, having been confined to their homes for over two months without the prospect of a return to normality anytime soon.
Along with the restriction of social gatherings and non-essential movement, came a more controversial prohibition. This is, of course, the banning of alcohol and cigarettes. This unexpected, arbitrary introduction of prohibition has created a stir amongst South Africans, with people saying that it is a “violation of human rights” to make these everyday “bad habits” illegal. Since when do prohibition work, anyway? It is no secret that the “black market” is thriving under these new laws.
This is a very familiar situation for all in the SA Cannabis community, who have been legally prohibited from using, trading & cultivating Cannabis for almost a century. Non-profit company, Fields of Green for ALL, has been fighting the legalisation battle for the use, cultivation and trade in Cannabis, for all applications, since 2010. They aim to bring about change by highlighting the economic benefits of a regulated Cannabis economy in SA, raising funds for the cause and staying at the frontline – taking action to remedy the harms prohibition, as well as promoting fair regulations that benefit our people, our environment and our economy.
2020 is a year that will (hopefully) see the South African Cannabis laws change as a result of the order of the Constitutional Court made on 18 September 2018.This was already a large step for all of those fighting the legalisation battle. However, these regulations may bring about a new set of problems; ones that organisations like Fields of Green for ALL would like to avoid.