One of the bizarre thoughts that went through our minds as Judge Zondo read out his landmark judgement in September last year was “Oh good, we can close down our JoinTheQ project and we’ll never have to write another version of our Know Your Rights booklet again!”
It wasn’t to be. We’ve just completed VERSION ELEVEN!
What started out in 2011 as “The Puffer’s Guide to (NOT) Being Arrested” grew from a home printed booklet to a slickly designed pamphlet, a dedicated website and a staffed project helping those in trouble with the law.
JoinTheQ was born in 2013 out of the fact that we are all equal in the eyes of the law. Over the years we helped 107 South Africans achieve a stay in prosecution pending the outcome of The Trial of the Plant. Those stays in prosecution are still in force as The Dagga Couple’s Case is not over yet.
You can still be arrested for Cannabis in South Africa. Even for small amounts for your personal use in your private spaces. Even for personal cultivation in your private space. It will take a very long time for the police to stop harassing us, profiling us and locking us up in cages. However, there have been many cases, since the judgement, where the police or magistrate has dismissed the case because it is clear that the accused knows his/her rights.
Our latest booklet is available to read, download and print HERE. You can also order hard copies as part of our Info Pack (also includes stickers, a Desired Outcomes discussion document, etc) at the Fields of Green for ALL shop.
We strongly recommend that you also keep a copy of the Constitutional Court Judgement at home and in your car. Read it and know what it says.
Be safe out there. DO NOT SMOKE IN PUBLIC and we still recommend that your paranoia keeps you safe. We are not quite there yet but promise to keep fighting until we are ALL free to use, possess, cultivate and trade in our favourite plant. Fields of Green for ALL!