How Do I Start a Dagga Private Club?

By |Published On: June 15th, 2020|
Cannabis Can Help South Africa

If we had ten cents for every time a question about starting a Dagga Private Club appeared in our inbox, Fields of Green for ALL would be funding itself. Since we brought the concept back with us from Spain, the phrase “Dagga Private Club” has caused quite a stir among South Africans.


Cartoonist: Zapiro Published by Daily Maverick on 2 June 2020

What is a Dagga Private Club?

Based on the Constitutional Court’s privacy ruling, South Africans are allowed to cultivate and consume Cannabis in private. The Cannabis community is aware of the fact that we may exercise this right to privacy as a collective and this forms the foundation of a Dagga Private Club (DPC). The Club model aims to cater for members who cannot grow for themselves or cannot grow enough to see them through between harvests. The Club will then have growers who grow for all (or specific) members and distribute the harvests according to members’ needs. In a nutshell.

We would be foolish to pass this model off as legal. The sad truth is that your fate still largely depends on the individual that rocks up at your door. Any form of dealing in Cannabis is still illegal and there should be no misgivings about that. The DPC model is our vision for the safe consumption and access to quality Cannabis, produced by people we know and trust. We will only know how the law reacts to the DPC model once a club that truly subscribes to the privacy cornerstone of the model, ends up in court.

So, how do I start my own Dagga Private Club?

First off, you should know that this model was not designed to make anyone rich. It was designed to fill a need in your community – a need created by gaps in our current laws. The approach of the DPC model is to operate from a non-profit perspective. This forces you to follow guidelines that will make a good case against dealing in Cannabis.

When planning for your Dagga Private Club, you should always keep privacy at the forefront. The less private your club, the greater the chance of you ending up in trouble. If you have a group of friends who are unable to supply their own Cannabis, you may want to start a DPC with them. You’ll need to make sure that you have growers among those friends, who are able to supply the full demand of your members.

Once you’ve identified potential members of your DPC, you’ll need to follow a set of guidelines to decide how best to let your DPC operate. The process can get quite complicated from here and includes putting into place membership agreements, a Club constitution, Rules of Conduct and business processes, etc

Because the focus of the DPC is on taking care of the community, the model also recommends that a club adopts a cause close to its community. By actively contributing to their immediate community, members of Dagga Private Clubs can help to change the stigma that surrounds stoners – that we are lazy, incompetent and never contribute anything positive. We can also facilitate the transition from “drug dealer” to community activist through this pioneering form of “principled non-compliance” – GOOD PEOPLE DISOBEY BAD LAWS!

The Green Network – at the forefront of developing Dagga Private Clubs

Fields of Green for ALL’s Green Network members are at the forefront of developing and establishing legitimate Dagga Private Clubs in South Africa. Within the network, resources are shared, knowledge is carried over and challenges are discussed, like at our Dagga Private Club Workshop in February 2020. Among our members are business professionals including lawyers and accountants and we consider their input of great value.

Dagga Private Clubs

We are therefore happy to announce that a document called “Dagga Private Clubs Initiative – established April 2019 – Guidelines for Establishing Your Own Dagga Private Club” has been released to members of The Green Network. It details a loose planning procedure to follow from your first decision to start your own Dagga Private Club. By using guidelines we’ve pondered over and discussed with our friends over in Spain, we’re trying to guide you to stay within these best practices, which we believe will be your best chance if you get confronted by the law.

If you want access to this document, please join The Green Network so that we can help each other build a new framework to practice our constitutional rights and, ultimately, achieve full legalisation and fair regulations for ALL South Africans! Fields of Green for ALL!

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About the Author: Marleen Theunissen

Cannabis lover, spreader of love, hater of injustice and recently-turned activist.

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  1. Jay Venter March 11, 2023 at 12:47 pm - Reply

    Hi guys were can I can I get an example of membership application form for a DPC

  2. Emmanuel August 28, 2021 at 7:56 am - Reply

    I’m so interested in doing cannabis club guy’s

    • Nic October 12, 2021 at 10:00 am - Reply

      Good day.
      Im looking yo start a club or becoming a member i have lots of ground available.
      Many thanks
      Nic Bischoff

      • Myrtle Clarke November 2, 2021 at 10:49 am - Reply

        Please contact us via our website contact form or Office number on the site. Thank you.

  3. John June 17, 2020 at 10:17 am - Reply

    I would love to sign the petition but I can’t drop my ID number in a black hole, please find an alternative method of quality assurance

    • Myrtle Clarke June 17, 2020 at 10:45 am - Reply

      Over the last 8 years that we have been running this petition we have stored all encrypted details on a secure German server and there has not been one incident of breach of security. the South African parliament requires that all petition signatures be backed up by valid SA ID numbers. If we don’t do that parliament will throw our petition straight out the window. When did you ever hear of an Avaaz / petition changing a law? What would you do if you were in our situation? Just give up? It’s been ten years and we are not about to give up now! We have taken great pains to explain this over and over again, including in our legal disclaimer and other explanations on our petition page. This is NOT a black hole. Over 34000 people trust us already.

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