Do You STILL Want a License to Grow Cannabis?

By |Published On: February 5th, 2019|

In 2017 we wrote a blog post called “Do YOU want a license to grow Cannabis?”. That was 2 years ago and we can assure you that, when it comes to the issue of asking the government to give you permission to do what is now your constitutional right, nothing has changed. To date, NO licenses have been issued and this was confirmed today by SAHPRA (South African Health Products Regulatory Authority) with Business Day carrying the story – All Cannabis Medical Products are Illegal, warns Regulator.

The article was substantiated by a ” communication to all stakeholders” by SAHPRA, dated January 2019 and titled: Status of Cannabis-containing products (including oils) and cultivation of Cannabis for medicinal use. Download: 9.122_Status_cannabis_Jan19_v1

If you go all the way back to 2015 when the guidelines for obtaining a research license or those for a patient to obtain special permission to use Cannabis as a medicine, you will realise that nothing much has changed. Sure, there are some licenses in the pipeline but it is a fact that NO official licenses or permits have been officially issued by the South African government.

But. There are licenses floating around out there. How come? We have seen some of these ourselves, right there on the Department of Health letterhead! Smells fishy but we are far too busy to go digging around conspiracies or hearsay. Someone, somewhere is giving people the false impression that they are now among the FIRST to get on the “legal” bandwagon. And that’s what everyone wants to be – the FIRST.

As activists we have no problem with people getting a false sense of security from a piece of paper. We know that, should the police do their jobs properly AND investigate a case properly AND it lands up in court, these pieces of paper are worthless.

Civil disobedience is part of what we do, it is a part of activism worldwide and has been happening, with some success, through the ages. However, with the awarding of these pieces of worthless paper comes a sense of entitlement and presumed expertise. Some have even dug up bits of the law and skewed them to such an extent that they are convinced they know better than even the learned judges of the Constitutional Court. Or so they say on social media!

Civil disobedience then becomes fraud. In an attempt to crowd the starting blocks, franchise opportunities are all over the place. To claim that you are selling a franchise that comes with immunity from the law is fraud. Don’t be sucked in.

There are so many ways to get ahead in the Cannabis business right now in South Africa but citizens are warned to do their homework, lots of it. There has not been enough time for anyone to have done enough homework since the September judgement. Certainly not enough to be brazenly peddling your wares in the name of a company that has your back. Collectives, Co-ops, Private Members Clubs and the various permutations of that model are fully possible. BUT, to quote our esteemed legal team: “You need to survive a forensic audit.” If you are very clever you would be in the Cannabis support business right now, those guys are rocking! If it is the good plant that has you hooked (we always say that the most addictive part of Cannabis is growing it) and you simply can’t wait, then keep it quiet, keep it small and keep it between your family, your friends and your community. You just have to be creative. If you don’t have enough people close to you to be able to be creative in your endeavours then you are going to be compelled to splash yourself all over social media and that is VERY RISKY.

In the 8 years of our campaign we have reiterated that Cannabis enhances creativity. So use the good plant, get creative & stay focused on the facts. Get off of social media and spend your time in the garden and at the drawing board coming up with a plan that does not deceive or rip people off.

If you send us a message asking us about a license, we will simply reply with a link to this blog post.


Enough said.

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  1. Mo January 31, 2020 at 10:48 am - Reply


    I have commented already however if you could add information on starting a private dagga club.

    my family has land in the Mpumalanga area and I am planning on starting my farm that side and would like to find ways to start a dagga club?

    thank you for your help

    • Myrtle Clarke February 2, 2020 at 10:10 am - Reply

      Hi Mo,
      All the info around Dagga Private Clubs is contained within The Green Network. We are working together on this as it is new territory and everyone is contributing through their own experience. I urge you to sign up to get your project off the ground and benefit from others experience as well as support legalisation and the writing of the DPC model into law. Looking forward to seeing you on the forum! (It is only R49 per month!)

  2. Mo January 31, 2020 at 10:18 am - Reply

    as well as friends anGood day.

    I trust you are well, I see you have stated there is No licensing however I have developed a product that I use for my personal use, I have seen medical benefits in this product however I would like to get a pharmaceutical license and then somehow sell this product commercially.

    my email address is [email protected]

    it would be great if we could speak more of this so I can educate myself more.
    thank you

    • Myrtle Clarke February 2, 2020 at 10:14 am - Reply

      A pharmaceutical license to develop a product takes many years and millions in capital. These are issued through SAHPRA and you can consult their website for more info. It is very frustrating that ordinary citizens cannot access this level of production but there are many ways that you can eventually get your product out to the people. The Dagga private Clubs model is one way. Looking forward to discussing this on The Green Network!

  3. Sue November 12, 2019 at 5:39 pm - Reply

    Hi Myrtle,
    I should have read all the other posts. I have the answer. Thank you.

  4. Sue November 12, 2019 at 5:27 pm - Reply

    Hi Myrtle,
    I am a 63- year old widow growing my own cannabus. I don’t smoke it but have been trying to make my own oils. My beloved died of cancer 18 months ago but the use of Cannabus came too late. Getting the oils right is a tricky business. I have 130 plants on my property. Can I get arrested. I don’t sell. It’s for me and my dogs who suffer from skin allergies. I do all my own cloning. The weed bug has me in love with it. I am up at the crack of dawn attending to my many many ladies. Some who turned Hermies but they were destroyed. I was thinking of going to the police to ask them to inspect my property as I don’t wish to break any laws. Going to jail will kill me.

  5. Isaac Mabote October 3, 2019 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Yes I still need licence

  6. Isaac Mabote October 3, 2019 at 11:34 am - Reply

    Pls can u explain to me,cannabis club what can we do as smokers, and planters, in the club

  7. mksizwe September 16, 2019 at 1:02 pm - Reply

    I have been looking at getting into medicinal production and visited some websites, but the requirements of the medicines control council are onerous and require huge investment which I don’t have. so the small producer is automatically excluded.i also got in touch with the cannabis compliance bureau and the cost of applying to get a licence is prohibitive and the are no guarantees that one would get a licence. what are my options I’m looking at the business side of production? but the whole process seems designed to cut out the small producers please advise if there are alternative ways of approaching this matter.

    • Myrtle Clarke September 17, 2019 at 9:35 pm - Reply

      Hi Mksizwe,
      Why would you want to get into medicinal production? If you do not know anything about it by now you will never catch up and you are right about everything to do with SAHPRA. Just don’t do it. It sounds like you are under the illusion that “medicine” is somehow better? Best you join The Green network to get answers to your questions and get up to speed with the issues.

  8. Steve June 27, 2019 at 12:06 am - Reply

    I’m amazed reading all the comments above, some people are still nieve in knowing what to do in growing a cannabis plant. Simple put, grow what you want. You can’t sell it. Grow for your own needs. People think it’s a get rich quick scheme, but it’s not. Because you can’t sell it. It can bring a wealth to South Africa in many areas of business that can be developed here, with all the skill sets the country has. And we don’t need foreign investements.

    If you have R1B rand to spare, then go ahead with a big grow operation. But your ROI will be long lived.

    So, what do us in South Africans do? It can all be a catch 22 situation and to get the balance right is not a overnight thought………

    I could go on, but I’ll take my hat off to both Myrtle and Jules et all for what has happened in South Africa since The Trial of the Plant.

    Fwiw: if anyone has got this far….watch “The Trial of The Plant” on

  9. Dylan June 26, 2019 at 5:16 pm - Reply

    Hi. I am a Medical Doctor and Reiki Practioner, currently working on acquiring 1 – 2 km square piece of land for starting a small Intentional Living community in a very fertile area in central ZA. Can you please help me by directing me to where I can get information about restrictions on how many plants I can grow?

    • Myrtle Clarke June 26, 2019 at 5:36 pm - Reply
      Hi Dylan, we wrote about this soon after the judgement in September. How long is a piece of string? What sort of mood / level of intelligence will the police have if they decide to come looking? Sorry we don’t have a better answer but your farm must become a private members club and you must run everything that way as we’re sure you might need this for other activities as well. Start how you intend to go on & get the privacy thing down in writing.

    • Charl Henning July 8, 2019 at 1:20 pm - Reply

      Currently there is no legislation about plant counting or quantity in place. However with no policy or regulation in South Africa it’s a bit of a wild west situation and you will need a good lawyer if the police decide to target you. Cover your back and have a look at our Private Clubs ‘hub’ model

  10. JediKushner June 26, 2019 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Buying Is illegal that’s pretty clear , so how do I obtain it for personal use without buying it? I’m not a grower. If I acquire some for personal use and get stopped along the way by cops then what? What does the law say about my car does it form part of my private property? Or is it a case of ‘step outside the vehicle sir’

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