How and why do I open a Dagga Private Club?

By |Published On: July 18th, 2021|

Please join the The Green Network to access our unique Cannabis Club model framework. Once logged into the network, you can apply to join the free DPC group where you will find the guiding documents we supply to members.

All our blogs on Private Clubs serve as much more than just a comprehensive introduction to the subject and make for definitive reading to all startups.

Learn more about how these clubs operate in our blogposts listed below and  and watch this video where the Dagga Couple outline how Dagga Private Clubs work. If you have franchise ideas want to get rich off of opening a Dagga Private Club, you have the cat by the tail and there’s some surprises in store.

The recent Cannabis decriminalization ruling in South Africa has created a wave of people and businesses looking to create private clubs for growing, trading and consuming various products. This is very much a grey area that carries significant risk from both law enforcement and criminals alike due to the current lack of formality or regulation in this emerging sector. We have therefore spent the last decade participating in local and international drug policy events in anticipation of the growing pains that South Africa cannabis environment is certain to experience. The trade in cannabis remains illegal, whatever system you set up or try to use. We don’t believe their is a ‘proper Traditional Healer route’. If there was, why don’t we see traditional Healers trading in weed? Our Dagga Private Club initiative is a system of respectful non compliance. Everything is transparent, with up to date books and a constitution. The clubs that have already started operating do so with a simple constitution and a contract between members stipulating club rules. The idea is to make everything as transparent as possible to show your integrity and intentions.

As a dagga enthusiast that often meets with like minded individuals, you want to protect any interaction you have with the plant, so that if anything goes wrong, you have it down in as legal and safe a way as possible. The Dagga Private Club model is the safest way to go about protecting your club/ hub/ NPO.  There’s no recognised legislation/policy/system in place for Private clubs. They are a brave system based on the Privacy Judgement and the highly successful and similar Spanish model that’s been running for over 10 years. We won’t know how tight the clubs are until one ends up in court. It would off course be better to end up in court as part of a well set up private club than to get bust dealing. Private clubs require paperwork (concrete evidence) and are not designed as businesses, but self sustaining non-profits that share the supply chain functions among members and should give back to the community/ health-care system through charity for instance. A private club cannot just be brushed aside by a judge. It has paperwork with a purpose and a message. It spells safety and responsibility while existing in private, but always ready for an audit if it needs to show its merit.

Every instance is different. Nothing is free, but it need not cost an arm and a leg. You will not need a lawyer for the registration of the NPO. You need to start by registering an NPO via CIPC The three documents needed to do this are: Memorandum of Association, Articles of Association and Memorandum of Incorporation. It is run as a non profit, relying on donations and fees from members. It’s an adaptable model so it is perfectly within reach for small upstarts.

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About the Author: Charl Henning

I have worked at Fields of Green For All and Stop The Cops since 2014. Apart from day to day admin I also man our helpline and support victims of arrest.

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