Cannabis Laws In South Africa - The 5 Big Don'ts
You have heard that cannabis has been decriminalized in South Africa and you would like to grow your own. Panic sets in and you start questioning about cannabis laws in South Africa. Stress no further!
These are the 5 big don’ts about cannabis laws in South Africa:
1. DON’T SELL CANNABIS OR THC INFUSED PRODUCTS:
This may seem like a “given”. The fact remains that many residents of South Africa don’t fully understand this concept. Cannabis has been decriminalized for growing in private for your personal private consumption. Selling cannabis or THC infused products remains highly illegal and is a punishable offence by the court of Law. Section 5(b) of the Drugs Act prohibits dealing in any dangerous dependence-producing substance or any undesirable dependence-producing substance unless exceptions listed in the provision apply.
2. DON’T GROW MORE THAN YOU NEED:
Growing your own for your personal use in private is not a criminal offence. It becomes a criminal offence when growing “your own” gets out of hand. So how much can you grow? There have specified limits to person(s)/households, but please be cautious about how much you grow. Be mindful, reasonable, and try not overdo it. It would suck to be busted at home with lots of plants to the extent that it could go down under investigation for suspicion of a “drug lab”. Unfortunately, many South Africans have fallen victim to such. If you have fallen victim, and know that you are innocent, please contact us so we can guide you in the right direction.
3. DON’T POSSESS OR CONSUME CANNABIS IN PUBLIC OR AROUND MINORS:
Cannabis laws in South Africa prohibit the use of cannabis in public areas or around minors (under 18). As a result, a much-heated debate has risen. Questions such as: What is considered a private space? What if I am just in possession of it? Many private dagga clubs in South Africa are technically not breaking the law. As long as it is not public and its all consented for and lawful, there shouldn’t be any issues. Possession and consumption of dagga in public is currently a criminal offence. The effect of the judgment is two-fold: (a) it decriminalises the use or possession of cannabis by an adult in private for that adult person’s consumption, and (b) it decriminalises the cultivation of cannabis by an adult in a private place for that adult’s personal consumption in private. However, the use or possession of cannabis by a child anywhere, or by an adult in public, is not decriminalised. This even means, DO NOT GROW CANNABIS AROUND MINORS.
4. DON’T FALL FOR FAKE CANNABIS LICENCES:
That’s correct, many South Africans have fallen victim to presumed cannabis license scams. At this given stage there are no licenses as such for mass producing your own and selling it to Tom down the road in bulk. Be very cautious of scams out there, always be vigilant, question, and ask a legal professional first before attempting anything to do with cannabis licenses.
5. DON’T BUY CANNABIS OR CANNABIS INFUSED PRODUCTS:
Dagga/Cannabis/Marijuana/Zol/Kaas (The stuff we love so much) is ILLEGAL TO PURCHASE if you’re a resident in South Africa. Anything containing the psychoactive ingredient THC (The stuff we love so much) is ILLEGAL TO PURCHASE. This includes THC edibles, oils and topicals. We do not advocate buying your own, instead, we advocate GROWING YOUR OWN!
In conclusion, know where you are standing in terms of our law. This way you can stay out of unnecessary trouble. Always keep these 5 don’ts in mind when you have your dank stash nearby. The last thing we wan’t to do is encourage the community to go full-on Pablo Escobar (weed version) with their home grows. Please grow fam, keep it for personal use in private at this stage.
- Don’t grow your own if you are under the age of 18.
- Don’t STRESS! As Always, BLESS!
– Legal Grow Bro’s