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It’s been around three years since our law amended the cannabis bill, yet many of us are still confused about what’s legal and what not.
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Ask any South African if weed cannabis is legal or not in this country and you’ll most likely get an unassured answer. Some people might say yes it is legal but will struggle to explain how.
Weed smokers might remember the day of days when the state parliament approved the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill in September 2018.
So what is permitted by law regarding marijuana or weed or dagga in Mzansi? The bill allows adults to smoke in private homes, grow the substance, and exchange it with other persons in public but all under specific quantity limits.
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So now that we understand the legal part, weed still remains subject to some relevant laws which could find a person in the back of a police van. The most standout law from the list of illegal rules is the prohibited selling of weed. It is against the law.
“An adult person may without the exchange of remuneration provide to, or obtain from, another adult person, for personal use the prescribed quantity of —
(a) plant cultivation material;
(b) plants; and
(c) cannabis,” the bill says.
Additionally, the South African amendment says it is also unlawful to smoke the substance in public. Secondly, it is illegal to smoke in front of children.
The key third law prohibits the exchange of cannabis with another person in public spaces.
The bill’s objective in summary:
Find the full details of the constitutional bill here.
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