PRESS RELEASE – Dagga Private Clubs

By |Published On: June 4th, 2019|

Over the last 6 weeks we have been “soft launching” Fields of Green for ALL’s Dagga Private Clubs Initiative. We’ve been discussing the nitty gritty with the public at events and helping members of The Green Network to lay the groundwork for forming clubs.


This is a model first tried in Europe but is essentially as old of the use of the Cannabis plant itself. Our favourite plant has a way of bringing people together and uniting diverse groups within our Cannabis culture. We are very excited that clubs are starting to open in South Africa and wish all pioneers well in their endeavours.

Let’s do this the right way! No dodgy franchises, mythical permits or strange interpretations of the law required!

With the internationally lauded “Privacy Judgement” of September 2018 we are confident that this model will endure after Cannabis regulations have been made into law in South Africa and Fields of Green for ALL will be advocating for this to be one of the most important and most logical consequences of the judgement.

Find out more by joining The Green Network , supporting us by buying an info pack (including our Dagga Private Clubs booklet) from our shop and getting up to speed with the international trends & research through our Resources & Downloads page.

To lay the foundation, Fields of Green for ALL, together with our local affiliate companies and organisations and our international affiliate organisation, the Knowmad Institut, wish to make the following declaration:

Download The Dagga Private Club Document

We, the people who use Cannabis throughout South Africa who are the keepers of traditional knowledge of the plant, have been freed after 110 years of the State-led violations of our right to privacy and our dignity as human beings after the Constitutional Court’s judgement “decriminalising the use or possession of Cannabis by an adult in private for that adult person’s personal consumption in private; and the “decriminalisation” of the cultivation of Cannabis by an adult in a private place for that adult’s personal consumption in private” .

Facing the apparent reluctance from the authorities to timeously develop and implement a sensible and sustainable legal framework with regards to Cannabis cultivation for personal use, as required by the Constitutional Court’s judgement – and thus our concerns as to the ability of our authorities to protect, preserve and enhance our rights, we are:

  • Aware that the right to privacy can be exercised as a collective right ,
  • Aware that, besides our right to privacy, it is also our right to equality, our right to the highest attainable standard of health, our freedom of thought, conscience, religion, opinion, expression, and information, our freedom from arbitrary arrest and detention, our freedom from torture and other cruel, inhumane, or degrading treatment or punishment, our right to a fair trial, and our right to  remedy and reparation for the gross violations of human rights, that are in the balance,
  • Determined to make use of our freedom of association and peaceful assembly to ensure that the rights of our people are respected,
  • Committed to ensuring that the exercise of our rights and freedoms conforms to the law,
  • Resolved to collaborate with the authorities in order to gain the recognition of our society as a whole,
  • Acknowledging that trade in Cannabis remains completely illegal in South Africa,

We initiate our own model of non-trade regulation and control, affirming its non-profit nature, and framing it in the collective exercise of our rights to personal production, retention, and use of Cannabis,

We call this model a Dagga Private Club and declare that it aims to prevent us from being involved in illegal activities, and ensuring that certain requirements concerning public health and safety are being fulfilled.

We are confident that, like Cannabis Social Clubs in Spain, Belgium, Uruguay, Switzerland and USA, local authorities will have an interest in designing regulations based on this model, which can enable them to ensure a transparent and safe framework, prevent the access of minors to Cannabis, and help redirect public expenditure on law enforcement to real safety priorities.

Please note that this document constitutes fundamental policy research, and in no way constitutes any sort of formal regulation.

Thank you to our FGA Affiliates who help to make our ongoing content creation possible!

Thank you to our FGA Affiliates who help to make our ongoing content creation possible!


About the Author: Myrtle Clarke

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  1. Tracy March 6, 2023 at 10:05 am - Reply

    I want to know we’re can I get the product to sell private I’m in the westrand of JHB

    • Ami April 19, 2023 at 1:39 pm - Reply

      Unfortuantly Trade of any kind is illegal.

  2. Victor Bennett June 21, 2021 at 12:48 pm - Reply

    Hi I want to go into growing cbd. The plant that I am looking at contains 20%cbd and a thc level of 0.1%. I am interested in the benefits of the cbd from a medical point of view such as lotions, the oil itself for the healing properties that the plant contains. I want to do the full spectrum without isolating just the cbd as I believe that the full spectrum is more beneficial than just one of the elements. I am also interested in making RSO oil for skin cancer etc but in a lesser amount. I had surgery done to my face due to skin cancer before I learned about RSO oil. There is a site where you can get RSO oil but the price is absolutely ridiculous 1g costs R1000.00. How do I join fields of green and what service do you offer.

  3. Kaymo June 16, 2020 at 1:58 pm - Reply

    Hey. So like I found this website, looking for cannabis events. I would like to host a small event, no trading, just a small get together, smoking sessions, minor entertainment and local live music. The point to this is to promote local brands(clothesline, tattoo artists, music artists) while celebrating 420, so I would like to ask how I will be able to do this in a legal way.

    • Myrtle Clarke June 17, 2020 at 10:51 am - Reply

      Hey Kaymo, Cannabis Events SA is one of our affiliate companies and they also sponsor our events. Jesse is an awesome person to help you with your event. Chat to him via his site and let us know when you will be hosting the event and we can share your promotions. There should be no legal issues as long as you make it VERY clear to your stall holders that there will be no THC at any of their stalls. All the best from us.

  4. Matthew June 14, 2020 at 8:33 pm - Reply

    hi , why does the document explicitly refer to the clubs being non-profit? Can one not operate a private club for-profit and still be protected under the umbrella of privacy? And trade not in the flower itself but in the experience(entrance/membership fee, etc.) ? Just curious, cheers for all you do.

    • Myrtle Clarke June 15, 2020 at 10:04 am - Reply

      Hi Matthew,
      We are being extra cautious as the law has not changed yet. Non-profits also have the added advantage of not paying tax. Operating as a non-profit doesn’t mean that you can’t pay yourself & your staff a very decent salary. There is the other option of operating the club as a non-profit project of a Pty(Ltd). The company doesn’t make any money out of membership fees, the fees all go into a separate set of books & are used for the good of the members only. There’s lots to think about & the best place to be is part of The Green Network. We will be focusing on clubs this week so lots more info coming your way.

  5. Jethro May 30, 2020 at 4:16 pm - Reply

    Hi there,do I need a licence to sell cannabis bonsai plants and/or seedlings? Thanks for the wonderful platform.

    • Myrtle Clarke June 1, 2020 at 8:01 am - Reply

      Hi Jethro, there are no licenses available for anything to do with Cannabis. :( Everything is a grey area at the moment so just keep it private and amongst people that you know and trust. Do not advertise, especially on social media or WhatsApp!

  6. Cherise April 18, 2020 at 9:03 am - Reply

    Hi i would like to open a coffee shop that sells edible goods to the public. Is this illegal if so please provide me with what steps i can take to get certification and so forth?

  7. Henk January 26, 2020 at 9:10 am - Reply

    I have this feeling our government will follow the same route as Canada, they are law wise the colset to our laws.. Roman law and I think with a couple a tweaks it will fit in south Africa quite comfortably

  8. Isaac Mabote October 17, 2019 at 9:43 am - Reply

    Please I need your help on opening club,some guys they want it,so we can educate community

  9. Monique October 17, 2019 at 9:42 am - Reply

    Hello my fellow people, please just confirm if there’s a club in Witbank Mpumalanga?

    • Myrtle Clarke October 24, 2019 at 12:30 pm - Reply

      Hi Monique,
      We have no idea as we only know about the clubs that we are working with to get things off the ground. The big thing about clubs is that they are PRIVATE so you won’t see anything on social media and you won’t hear us naming the clubs we are working with or telling people where they are! We have to go back to the old fashioned way of doing things – word of mouth. This is the only way that Cannabis Culture and small businesses are going to survive for now. Ask around and when you find one, ask them what they are doing to help legalisation!!

  10. Wendy October 2, 2019 at 11:45 am - Reply

    Dear Myrtle,

    Thank you. Will do. At this moment i need all the assistance I can get.

  11. Jennifer garcia September 23, 2019 at 10:33 pm - Reply

    I’m so happy that initiatives like this exist around the world. I have been a smoker for most of my life but traveling to different countries has always been hard because of not knowing the legalities in each country. I’m so glad the internet has helped me find websites like yours. In case anyone’s like me and is planning a trip to Spain soon I’ll leave the link of a website I found when visiting

  12. Wendy September 17, 2019 at 11:54 am - Reply

    Hi, Must I register our DPC with CIPC or anywhere else as with a NPO?

  13. RPCM August 15, 2019 at 11:16 am - Reply

    Do you know about clubs in Potchefstroom?
    Also, do you know anything about the DHB coffee shop here in Potch?
    Many thanks

    • Myrtle Clarke August 16, 2019 at 2:25 am - Reply

      Hi, we haven’t heard of any clubs in Potch so why don’t you start one? Also don’t know about the DHB coffee shop but I hope they are very careful as trade remains completely illegal. hope they are being clever and keeping it private, members only?

      • D August 19, 2019 at 12:58 pm - Reply

        I wouldnt say its members only at DHB.. just a bunch of guys following the 420 cafe in jhb’s model.. we were in talks about starting one in Potch but the model we had at the time wasnt feasible here in a student town where money is usually tight.. but ima read further and see what we can do for Potch..

  14. Shaun July 16, 2019 at 7:30 pm - Reply

    Is there a meeting in Durban ?

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