Frequently Asked Questions
Despite what you may have heard there are currently no readily available Cannabis licenses, permits or cards being issued in South Africa. This means that you are unable to practically grow legal cannabis in any form whether it be for medical, traditional, industrial or responsible adult use. The recent Constitutional Court ruling that cannabis be decriminalised has gone a long way to allow the growing of the plant for personal use, in a private space by consenting adults. The ruling however does not permit the trade or retail of any form of the plant for any reason.
A significant part of the work that we are doing in the courts and at a grassroots level is to help fully legalise Cannabis in a way the eliminates or greatly reduces the need for licensing. Regulation will however still need to apply when considering the many existing industries in which Cannabis will be used. Please visit our Desired Outcomes page to have your say regarding what you think legalisation should look like.
Following the Western Cape High Court Judgement handed down in March 2017 and the Constitutional Court validation of that ruling in September 2018, Cannabis has been decriminalised in South Africa. This is however not the same as legalisation, as the trade and sale of the plant remains illegal.
The Constitutional Court has given the SA Government and Parliament 2 years from their verdict to formalise the various ambiguities that were not addressed in the ruling. This means that the rules and regulations are not yet defined, and that now more than ever we need to focus on achieving true and practical legalisation that is accessible and beneficial to all South Africans.
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.
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This urban legend is as old as the hills. Cannabis has been repeatedly and conclusively proven to be neither a cause of people developing an appetite for other intoxicants, nor does it cause a pursuit of getting endlessly “high”. There is some truth to the myth though thanks to prohibition.
The trade of Cannabis is strictly illegal and therefore creates a black market trade where Cannabis is available on the same shelf as heroin and tik at the local drug dealer. Prohibition, ironically, causes exposure to harder drugs and is in itself the “Gateway” to what could be a slippery slope. Fields of Green for ALL recognizes that we therefore need to reduce the exposure to hard drugs that Cannabis prohibition creates and are therefore pursuing a legal status in South Africa that will regulate access to Cannabis in order to minimize the exposure of users to addictive substances.
A hot topic if ever there was one, this is often the greatest concern raised by opponents of Cannabis legalisation. There have been numerous studies regarding the potential mental health effects of Cannabis use and although the majority conclude in positive outcomes, these have been vastly brushed over to focus the discussion on this emotive and contentious point. What all of the studies come down to, even the direst ones, is that Cannabis does not cause mental illness in users. Only 1 in 4000 people who consume Cannabis may experience an adverse reaction, yet South Africa’s current social development standing makes little room to distinguish or separate the 3999 users from the 1 victim who truly deserves not to be caught up in a legal system that indiscriminately criminalises the vast majority of users. Fields of Green for ALL supports the need to stop stigmatising responsible users and victims of Cannabis alike, and intends to see this treated as a health issue by redirecting resources away from a counter-productive policy of prohibition and instead toward a policy of constructive harm reduction without stigmatisation.
No, Cannabis is not physically addictive. Yes, the effects are pleasurable. Cannabis is consumed mostly for its relaxing effects either privately or socially, which makes it popular amongst young and old alike who may wish to repeat the experience. As with just about everything in life, a small percentage of people may develop a habit that becomes a regular part of their lives. Cannabis is no different yet it is growing increasingly popular culturally and for its relative low risks particularly when compared to legally available substances which carry significantly higher health risks or addiction potential. An emerging trend has seen Cannabis now being favoured over alcohol in some parts of the world due to it being a healthier intoxicant option, with an increasingly refined commercial industry oozing with quality controlled products that creatively minimize the already low physical health risk of consuming Cannabis to virtually none. Fields of Green for ALL supports the need to stop stigmatising the very few people who are unable to manage their Cannabis use by treating the issue as a health matter instead of a criminal one that indiscriminately persecutes all Cannabis users.
Industrial Cannabis (aka Hemp) is as illegal as recreational Cannabis. This is due to the fact that it is the same plant that is selectively bred for certain specific traits (oil, fibre). South Africa’s Cannabis laws do not distinguish between Cannabis (Dagga) or Cannabis (Hemp) used for industrial purposes (food, fuel, fibre, etc). There have been trials conducted on the viability of Industrial Cannabis in South Africa but, despite these trials and the overwhelming success of ‘hemp’ as a cash crop in countries like China, Canada and France, nobody has campaigned for industrial uses of the plant to be made legal in South Africa.
If you wish to increase your knowledge of the legal ramifications of prohibition or you are interested in becoming part of the local emerging Cannabis industry, please become a member of The Green Network OR, if you are interested in becoming a Dagga Activist by joining our vibrant social community, please visit The Dagga Couple Facebook page or website.
Please download The Dagga Couple’s “Know Your Rights” booklet NOW, before you get arrested! This is a guide to get you through the police cells and your first court appearance. Most people can do this on their own and save legal fees but should you need assistance please use the contact form or send a private message to the Dagga Couple Facebook page.
If you have been arrested please urgently contact Join the Queue to find out how we can assist with your case.
Our Green Network provides opportunities for health practitioners to connect and share their experiences regarding medicinal Cannabis.
We also provide an opportunity for our members to gain access to health practitioners who do not stigmatise Cannabis.