The Dagga Private Club’s first task is to determine the demand of its members. Members need to declare their preference and habits to the Club so that the Club can plan accordingly to supply in the need of the member. Once the demand has been established, only then does the Club begin to plan its supply and how it will provide in the need of its members. A monthly supply limit is also strongly encouraged, to prevent any members from re-selling Cannabis they obtained from the Club. The amount that the members pay for the Cannabis they receive needs to relate directly to a costing model that monitors the production, administration and any other expenses related to growing, feeding, harvesting, processing and packaging the Cannabis. The idea is that the member covers the cost of the amount of Cannabis they receive from the Club.
The over-the-counter store buys weed in bulk (often from growers in Swaziland, who bring their entire harvests into South Africa), frequently at a mere R3 per gram and then sells it over the counter at exorbitant, inflated prices, between R40 – R70 per gram. The store has no process informing them of how much Cannabis it will need in a specific time frame – over time a pattern might appear and the shop will adjust. However, there is no planning relating to supplying in the needs of members – if a member smokes indoor strains only and the shop doesn’t have in stock, the bud tender will most likely pull up his shoulders and suggest a “really good greenhouse, it’s almost as good as indoor.” I’ve also seen some customers buying 100g or more at a time and openly saying that they’re on the way to resell the weed. Feeding the illegal market didn’t seem to be a problem for the shop owner.