Frequently Asked Questions
Despite what you may have heard there are currently no Cannabis licenses, permits or cards being issued in South Africa. This means that you are unable to legally grow cannabis in any form whether it be for medical, traditional, industrial or responsible adult use.
A significant part of the work that we are doing in the courts and at a grassroots level is to help 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.
The Western Cape High Court Judgement handed down on 31 March 2017 is being appealed by the state. This appeal was heard in the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg (NOT the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein) on 07 November 2017.
It may take some months for a judgement to be handed down and then it will take about 2 years for the actual law to be changed by the legislature. Until then , the police can arrest you, put you in a cage and generally ruin your day and very possibly, your life. You may use the WCHC judgement in your defense at Magistrate’s Court level but to date we do not have a case that has been successfully concluded in order to create a precedent.
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 becoming what exposes users 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 thousand 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, pleasure is fun. 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 have become unmanageably addicted to Cannabis by treating the issue as a health matter instead of a criminal one that indiscriminately persecutes all Cannabis users.
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.
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.