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Do YOU Want a License to Grow Cannabis?

Do YOU Want a License to Grow Cannabis?

We are inundated with requests for information on how to obtain a license to cultivate, trade in, or use Cannabis for medical purposes (of course!). If you contact us about this you will receive this stock reply:

“Hello there. Everyone is asking the same question and we’re not sure of the answer. If the ‘old’ system is still in place, you’ll need a Section 21 application to grow medicine from the Department of Health. We keep sending inquiries in that direction but we don’t know of a single successful application. According to the Department of Health /Medicines Control Council, they will be promulgating guidelines for tenders, licences etc in February 2017. We are waiting to see how it will pan out. You can find the Section 21 application forms here http://bit.ly/sec21_weed and we’ll let the community know as soon as we hear of any progress. In the meantime, please consider supporting us by joining The Green Network as that is where the most important conversations are taking place.”

After fighting for nearly seven years for the legalisation of our favourite plant, we doubt very much that the government are going to back down easily and allow any “mom & pop” operation to obtain a “license”. Who says they are even going to be “giving out” licenses? What if a license costs R1 million, or even more? There are many questions and no sign of any answers yet. Quintin van Kerken of the Anti Drug Alliance (one of our expert witnesses for The Trial of the Plant) summed it up very well in a Facebook post in November 2016:

” The Anti Drug Alliance has fervently followed the new dagga bill and what it may mean for South Africa. Whilst we commend government for taking a (very minor) step in the right direction, we would like to highlight a few problems that we believe are major stumbling blocks in the process.

To begin with, the plant will be moved from Schedule 7 to Schedule 6. In plain language, this means that a doctor will be able to prescribe cannabis for diseases such as cancer / HIV, and for pain management (according to the numerous press releases). The prescription thereof will be under strict guidelines.

Some questions regarding this:

Who is going to educate the doctors so they know when to prescribe?
Does the prescription thereof also follow through to Traditional Healers?
Who gets to judge who is “sick enough” to get cannabis?
Words such as “justifiable medical reason” have been used, with no elaboration. Why?
Why does the government get to tell sick people, or any person for that matter, HOW and WHEN they are allowed to medicate themselves, and WHAT medicines they are allowed to use?

Next, the issuing of “special licenses” to grow the plant is a concern.

Who gets these licenses?
How do they apply?
What will the criteria be?
Are current “illegal” growers with a wealth of expertise and experience going to be allowed to apply?
Is it going to “go to tender”?
How many licenses will be issued? 
What changes then need to be made to all the other Acts that concern dagga? Act 140 of 1992 (Drugs and Trafficking Act), Medicines and Related Substances Act, and how will this all be policed?

How many arrests will be bungled, how many civilian claims will be paid out by the police, simply because the cops on the street simply don’t know how to enforce the law, which experts even battle to understand?

It is already a major concern that certain political parties have issued statements that their efforts to fight the “drug war” will be intensifying, and that specialised units have once again been established. Does this not seem like a hypocrisy?

Quintin goes on to describe the hypocrisy in some detail. We know that the developments in parliament are a step in the right direction and we hate to “burst your bubble” but Cannabis (medicinal or otherwise) is NOT going to be available to ALL South Africans without a fight. That fight is happening in court, not in parliament. Parliament will be forced to act by the Constitutional Court.

The best way forward is to:

  1. Know the facts. Start by reading the MCC’s guide to scheduling of drugs. Once you know how the scheduling works you will understand that there is still a long way to go. Know the laws and processes that are being followed to change them. Don’t be naive by thinking this is a done deal because of one announcement in parliament.
  2. Be impeccable in what you do. If you are already operating a Cannabis “business” outside the law you have to be vigilant, know your stuff, don’t make outrageous claims and join Fields of Green for ALL’s affiliate programme. Don’t operate in a vacuum, it won’t get you anywhere. Everyone has a lot to learn and there is enough space for everyone. There is a reason we are called Fields of Green for ALL!
  3. Contribute to the conversation. Join The Green Network and have your say about what YOU think legal Cannabis should look like in SA. This conversation is happening right now.
  4. Help where you can. Visit The Dagga Couple How You can Help page, there are many options!

We know we will continue to receive mails from complete strangers wanting us to help them get a “license” but we hope that we can continue to help in the fight against the ignorance surrounding this complex subject. If anyone claims that they have a license to grow medical Cannabis they are not telling the truth and / or they are in cahoots with corrupt government officials. CANNABIS IS NOT LEGAL YET, IN ANY FORM, FOR ANY PURPOSE. There are no licenses or permits. Help us to change that, please.

Green Regards

Myrtle, Jules, William and the Fields of Green for ALL crew.

 

 

 

2017-02-07T09:39:26+00:00

29 Comments

  1. Tamas February 8, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    The plant should be allowed to be grown by anyone for home use if people want to commercially farm it,that must then be treated the way farms and there crops are treated period.Tomatoes are not banned yet there leaves are toxic look at rubbarb also you cannot eat the leaves yet they are grown as normal crops.So people cannot point to any dangers concerning the growing of cannabis.We need to make a blockbuster movie that will convince people that cannabis is not dangerous, getting the masses to think positive thoughts on cannabis, would help a lot.

    • Myrtle Clarke February 10, 2017 at 7:03 am - Reply

      Agreed Tamas. There are many movies that have been made that reduce the stigma attached to the plant.https://www.youtube.com/user/thedaggacouple If we had the funds we would also be making a big movie. When you say “We need to…”, whose the “we”? We are all in this together so we all need to do our bit. Use your phone, film your little video about your point of view and post it on our #ProudlyGreen page. WE have made it possible for you to do this now go do it. https://daggacouple.co.za/dagga-stories/ It’s a start!

  2. Sonia February 8, 2017 at 10:44 am - Reply

    If you use this for medical reasons. What effect does it have on your brain. Like when you smoke it you get high and your brain dehydrates. Will it have the same effects?

    • Myrtle Clarke February 10, 2017 at 6:57 am - Reply

      Hi Sonia. Google is your friend. You need to do some reading as Cannabis does not cause your brain to dehydrate. I doubt that the millions of people who use Cannabis every day have dehydrated brains. Maybe you are talking about Cannabis giving a person a dry mouth? The solution to that is to drink something. There is NO difference between using Cannabis for medical reasons and using Cannabis to get high. Same plant, same thing. Your question is just too big to answer here. Knowledge is power and we have provided a huge list of PDF documents for you to read. Go to: https://fieldsofgreenforall.org.za/resources-downloads/

  3. Barend Labuschagne February 8, 2017 at 10:59 am - Reply

    Dankie Roelf……ek lees al jou …posts…
    Ek wil graag weet hoe ek te wefk moet gaan om n kommersieele permit te bekom….

    Ek wil my eie plane groei, hulle verwerkk na medisyne in verskillende votms …..

    Ek self het kanker..

    Baie dankie 082 763 6164 Krugersdorp
    Barend Labuschagne

  4. Barend Labuschagne February 8, 2017 at 11:00 am - Reply

    Jammer oor die swak spelling…..vinger probleem…te haastig

  5. Andre Dr Kock February 8, 2017 at 11:26 am - Reply

    Let the doctors inform their patients the good side of herbsand how healthy it is……

  6. Bertus Hough February 8, 2017 at 12:38 pm - Reply

    I live. with a sickness in my mind of thinking I must work without money for that only can be the reason for mankind to orginise life to all for making everything more posible for a more reasonable and fulgrowing living for all. When I could juse canabis for a reason to forget and forgive it helps me with that deppresionin me cannot find a reason for living. because live didnt work for me .

    • Myrtle Clarke February 10, 2017 at 6:52 am - Reply

      Bertus, we are fighting for the rights of people like you.

  7. Shaun February 8, 2017 at 7:40 pm - Reply

    Ok so good evening. I do know that a year ago a sole license was granted to a certain individual who has obvious toes as there was no tender process or seemingly no thought put into giving the license to someone who is clueless about Cannabis full stop. The department of health, the MCC and all the rest are embroiled in state capture.
    Who paid out millions to our political parties for their campaigning?
    Let’s throw Pharma in here as needing SA to be the dustbipn of the world.
    Who do they pay to keep them in business?
    If a woman has been geanted the constitutional right over her body to murder then I have the constitutional right over my body to say how I can medicate as Pharma has nothing for me.

    • Myrtle Clarke February 10, 2017 at 6:49 am - Reply

      There are many rumours doing the rounds and it is difficult to tell fact from fiction Shaun. The Dept of Health and the MCC assure us that NO licenses have EVER been issued for research into high THC Cannabis (;)) The only licenses that have ever been issued are for low THC “hemp” and, yes, those were ALL issued to one person. It is good to rant and also to pay attention to all the rumours because there is some fact in there somewhere. However, it is also very important to do the constructive work necessary to move forward.

  8. Caroline Nel February 9, 2017 at 12:39 am - Reply

    Should be legalised

  9. Andrew Arnesen February 9, 2017 at 3:11 am - Reply

    Yep. I agree with that assessment of the licencing status. Me (Pop!) and Mom applied for a licence in 2014 already and have simply not heard back from the Dept of Health, even though two very senior members (a medical doctor and an advocate) came out to visit us and spent more than an hour discussing the various criteria and aspects of the current law. The impression we got (and again, nothing in black and white) is that they are very keen to issue these licences and have as much medical research going on as possible, they are also constrained by other laws in the whole framework of anti-cannabis legislation. I have a copy of a report from DAFF (Dept of Agriculture, Forestry and Fisheries) from 2012 which is a policy document where they argue strongly for “complete commercialisation” of cannabis. This would then include using it for textiles, building and other uses as well as medical and recreational usage. Their main argument was how it would benefit subsistence farmers due to its hardiness and lack of costs (chemicals, fertilisers, etc) in production.

    I personally believe that there are a majority of government that are in favour of legalisation but that a. there are a myriad of laws to “untangle” and b. they are too busy with political in-fighting to consider it a priority.

    I am convinced that full legalisation must and will happen this year! Keep tokin’ 😉

    • Myrtle Clarke February 10, 2017 at 6:44 am - Reply

      I remember you telling us about that Andrew. We are encouraging all people who have applied for licenses to re-establish contact with the department and let us know if there are any status updates on the applications. One person in Cape Town has started to have the conversation with the MCC once again after 2 years of hearing nothing. Worth a try, just to keep the ball rolling.

  10. Jevon February 9, 2017 at 4:22 am - Reply

    What’s the best the very same companies who lobbied to have it banned using lies as evidence will be the first to try and monopolise it.

    • Myrtle Clarke February 10, 2017 at 6:40 am - Reply

      You are correct Jevon. That is why we have to stand together and shout louder and louder until our voices are heard. They can “try” and they WILL “try” but we are more than them.

  11. Matt February 10, 2017 at 5:11 am - Reply

    President Roosevelt declared Hemp the future of America, unfortunately it was too successful and bad begun to crush the paper and cotton industry as Hemp was significantly faster, cheaper and easier to grow – use less water and the resulting products were a far superior quality than the traditional paper and cotton. So in the best American tradition the Government acted diligently to to protect the wealth of an elite few while robbing the people of low cost, high quality clothing and materials.

    Obviously as most types of Hemp carry no THC and are therefore not a drug they had to create some hysteria, successful in the US but not outside which was an issue as pesky foreigners were still using hemp and thus massively undercutting the US producers

    On the third attempt to get Hemp universally criminalized to again protect those poor slave owners, they found a reason that would be sure to work in the UN – the reason they gave ‘Marijuana or hemp use causes good white women to have sex with black men and Musicians”

    I lie to you not, this is public record! outright protectionism legalised through racism and misogyny

    so are we in SA protecting a small wealth elite or the virtue of good white women?

    • Myrtle Clarke February 10, 2017 at 6:39 am - Reply

      Indeed Matthew. This is the reason we have a history expert giving evidence at The Trial of the Plant. https://fieldsofgreenforall.org.za/expert-witnesses/
      This “colourful” history is also very interesting reading and makes us grateful that we are evolving as a species – hopefully!
      Thanks for taking time to know what you are talking about!

  12. Wouter February 16, 2017 at 11:21 am - Reply

    At least for a start it can be legalized for those that are actually using it to treat dreaded diseases. Giving commercial licenses will only lead to monopolization by big corporate companies that have the financial backing. My opinion is that when you have someone in you household, diagnosed with such disease, that you are allowed to grow and produce the required medicine. How it will be policed is the government’s problem. I have a son, 25, with Hodgkins stage 4 and he is healing really quick. Even the Oncologist/Hematologist was surprised.

  13. Dennis March 3, 2017 at 10:14 am - Reply

    We have to fight to stop the Pharmaceutical Industry from climbing in and ripping humanity off for something which should the most natural cure for almost all illness. Why on earth would your body, (and many animals) have specific receptors on their cells for Cannabinoids? This is just another example of trying to control every aspect of our lives.

    • Myrtle Clarke March 3, 2017 at 10:22 am - Reply

      We agree Dennis. The only way to counteract big pharma sticking their nose in our business is to shout louder for home cultivation and oppose a system of licenses where someone is going to play god in the awarding of said licenses. See Wouter’s comment below too. We are having the conversation about regulations on The Green Network, maybe you will consider joining us?

  14. Ronnie pillay March 5, 2017 at 11:55 am - Reply

    I learnt much from the rick Simpson story I.c. w.medical cannibis.I have extracted a small amount of THC or medical cannibus and am treating myself.I am convinced that it will work for many ailments.the only way the oil could be affordable is to extract oneself. I am also making my expertise available to anyone in need.

    • Vaughan Richards March 31, 2017 at 4:10 pm - Reply

      Any info you can share @Ronnie pillay would be great. I am at steelpro111@gmail.com

      • Myrtle Clarke April 2, 2017 at 9:23 am - Reply

        Hi Vaughan, please make sure you have signed up for our newsletter but, even better still, if you want to be part of the grass roots conversation then please join The Green Network on this website main page. Thanks in advance for your support!

  15. Arthur June 20, 2017 at 10:28 am - Reply

    I’m busy as we speak to get all documentation ready to apply for a growers license. Will stay in touch and keep updating my progress

    • Myrtle Clarke June 20, 2017 at 10:56 am - Reply

      Hi Arthur, If there is someone telling you that licenses are available they are NOT speaking the truth. The MCC have not rescheduled Cannabis from Schedule 7 to Schedule 6 and they will have to completely rewrite their guidelines because the judgement in the Western Cape High Court has declared that the prohibition of the cultivation, use and trade in Cannabis in the privacy of one’s home is unconstitutional, How can they make you apply for a license for a Schedule 6 substance when you can grow it at home? Obviously the judgement still has to be ratified by the constitutional court but the state’s appeal does not declare the judgement invalid. This is a complicated legal issue that we are busy dealing with but, as of 31 March 2017, you cannot be convicted of growing cannabis at home or using it as medicine. Please be very careful, there are many corrupt sharks out there. Once we are finished there will be NO licenses required, the whole system just leads to corruption, the system of tenders is the reason our country is in such a mess. I suggest you follow what we do more closely as you are wasting your time getting everything ready for a license. We spent ages applying for a Section 21 a few years ago, only to hit a brick wall. The MCC will tell you what you want to hear and waste your time. WHO IS GOING TO PLAY GOD AND SAY THAT YOU ARE ALLOWED A LICENSE AND OTHERS ARE NOT? Be careful, SUPPORT RE-LEGALISATION EFFORTS and let us know if you have any news to share.

  16. Gatvol June 27, 2017 at 7:13 am - Reply

    It turns out “Animal Farm” is not fiction after all, and some animals are more equal than others. Proof of a SECRET legal medical cannabis farm in KZN ( 29°36’42.34″S 31° 5’32.54″E ): – https://thehighco.co.za/south-africas-secret-legal-medical-cannabis-farm/

    Africa’s first OFFICIAL Medical Cannabis Producer: – https://btl.co.za/introducing-africas-first-medical-cannabis-producer/

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