Initial thoughts: The Cannabis Bill 2020
The team at Fields of Green for ALL was not surprised when the new Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill of 2020 reared its ugly, deformed head a few weeks back. We knew that our lawmakers would take the easiest way out, do the bare minimum to stick to their end of the deal after the Concourt’s Privacy Ruling of September 2018. Besides the initial shock and horror from the Cannabis community that followed the Bill’s release, we have one main problem here (besides everything else that is wrong with this document): the enforcers of this Bill.
This past year has seen the South African Police Service gear it up a level with their blatant gangsterism and a few members of our crew have also fallen prey to their lawlessness. One of our crew members was recently wrongfully arrested, assaulted and detained for two days for having 0,8g of Cannabis in his car. He wasn’t smoking it, it was in his pocket. The station commander refused to believe us that there is no charge for possession of Cannabis anymore. Four other members of the crew was arrested for not being at home, and arrived to the cells after midnight to find officials drunk and smoking the cigarettes they took off of their prisoners. They were forcefully made to watch how the officers brutally beat and assaulted three males who allegedly fired a shot at the police. All these cases were thrown out without these members of our crew even having seen the inside of the courtroom. Why are the police allowed to do this?
Further to that, we also heard from a member of the police themselves that Police Directives that are issued regarding changes to the law, are never filtered down through the force. The police are not empowered to do their jobs, because they don’t know what their job is anymore. And that is why they do what they want.
How can we trust these uniformed criminals to come into our homes, count our plants and decide our fate? It makes no sense – in the same way that SARS arresting you for tax fraud would not make sense!
After Jules was taken from us, we were rudely awakened to how incompetent our police force really is. The investigating officer went on leave three weeks after the incident. We haven’t heard from him since.
South Africa, we need your help. We need you to rise up and fight against this injustice that is being forced upon us. This Bill takes away everything that the Privacy Ruling of September 2018 stood for. We have to go back to court to fight for everyone’s rights.
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Marijuana SA, one of our treasured affiliates, interviewed Myrtle for her initial thoughts on the new Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill. In this video they discuss the problem of the police being responsible for enforcing these laws. You can hear more of our views on this by watching the video below.
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How did the law makers come up with the magical number of plants a single adult may grow and the limitation on the number of plants if there are more than one adult on the same premises?
Or the proposed 100g limit?
I DO NOT use, nor grow any cannabis, bit I work in the field of law where I regularly encounter completely unlawful arrests and detention of persons found in possession of cannabis.
In some cases just the mere possession of a small amount of cannabis in one pocket an any amount of cash in your other pocket is sufficient to ensure the arrest of a person for dealing in drugs.
You can be passed out on a park bench from shear exhaustion after going for a long run, but if some police officers find you with a spliff in one pocket and cash that you intended using to buy an energy drink at the garage, you’ll be arrested for dealing.
Quite correct, you will not see the inside of a court room, but you are almost 100% garaunteed to be out of pocket and to have suffered some form of abuse at the hands of the police.
How can an individual participate in the discussion around this bill, is there a forum for public comment or anything similar ?