The 2020 South African Cannabis Bill gets approved by Cabinet.

By |Published On: August 10th, 2020|

In a report from a week ago it has become known that Cabinet has approved the submission of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill to parliament for processing. However, the bill and it’s disastrously out of touch content has been expected since Parliament had a 24 month window after the privacy judgment of 18 September 2018 to align the law with the constitution.

Our legal team from The Trial of The Plant, 2017

One glance at the bill shows the stark contrast in relation to our proposed regulations as well as the evident ignorance of our government. Instead of removing the SAPS from the equation to allow the future Cannabis economy to flourish, they want to keep arresting South Africans for Dagga and fill up their coffers with fines, not taxes. You cannot regulate something that you do not know anything about, and that much is made clear by this bill. Our attorneys, Schindlers are currently preparing proper legal comment on the proposed legislation as The Trial Of The Plant is NOT over. 

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About the Author: Charl Henning

I've been working with Fields of Green For All and Join The Queue Dagga Arrest helpline since 2014, assisting with general admin and arrests/ court paperwork.

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10 Comments

  1. Shamz August 10, 2020 at 5:35 pm - Reply

    Government certainly knows nothing about the plant hence they have no shame to publish a bill with such shallow regulation. SAPS are the most corrupt individuals and abuse our people. We must keep fighting till we win a the final fight.

  2. Jeremy Acton August 10, 2020 at 10:02 pm - Reply

    We can be sure that the state is NOT going to listen to a single point of public input, just like they totally ignored public input on the Climate Change Bill.

  3. Ilze Jordaan August 11, 2020 at 7:01 am - Reply

    Rise up all my fallen soldiers.
    Rise and take your stance again.

  4. Trevor August 11, 2020 at 5:42 pm - Reply

    What does this mean for grow clubs, grow stores and drivers with last month’s puff in their blood stream?
    Jail time?

  5. Gareth August 11, 2020 at 7:44 pm - Reply

    I unfortunately tend to agree with Jeremy above, but where can a private citizen add his comment to this.
    https://www.justice.gov.za/legislation/bills/2020-CannabisBill.pdf

  6. Charl Henning August 12, 2020 at 8:46 am - Reply

    The bill does not affect private clubs as they operate outside of the commercial spectrum. Please remember the bill is not law yet and needs to pass (or fail) public comment etc. The bill was clearly written by somebody that knows NOTHING about Cannabis. It looks more like how the radioactive compound Plutonium might be regulated, not this very safe plant! There is a link to the bill in the article.

  7. Derek Main August 13, 2020 at 11:51 am - Reply

    Please do not rely on the Public Participation Process (PPP) to defeat this bill. The PPP is nothing more than a sham to give a veneer of legality to a seriously flawed process. It merely serves to fulfill the barest legal requirements for new legislation. I found this out when I objected to a cell mast application in my neighbourhood. No matter what objections are received, they will plough ahead. The decision has already been made by that stage. The only option is to challenge this in court.

  8. Charl Henning August 15, 2020 at 9:51 am - Reply

    In yesterday’s Cape Talk radio interview attorney Ricky Stone said :The intention of the government is to regulate cannabis similarly to alcohol or tobacco. – https://www.capetalk.co.za/articles/393057/long-way-to-go-before-draft-cannabis-bill-becomes-law-says-expert. Now the state should just unban all three and regulate them properly for ALL. Prohibition does not work and never has. The war on drugs has been a failure since it’s inception. We should not arrest anybody for dagga, tobacco or alcohol or any substance for that matter.

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  9. Conrsf September 13, 2020 at 8:47 am - Reply

    As long as the cabal fucjers hold the patent s for cannabis. They must fall and finish or we must stand up together an help then fall its the only way we will manage is without their involvement.

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