Jail time, possession and smoking in public – read the full Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill

Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill
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Late last year a draft of what was then called the Regulation of Cannabis Bill was leaked and gave the public a glimpse of what the prospective laws might look like for private use and cultivation of cannabis in South Africa.

Now, the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill – a successor to the previous bill and officially approved by cabinet – has been published ahead of its submission in Parliament.

The new draft is quite similar to the regulation bill but outlines in more detail the different limits on what will be considered too much cannabis for personal growth, possession, transportation and gifting. Below outlined are some noteworthy regulations in the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill.

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Cannabis is defined as anything containing the psychoactive THC, and so would include vaping of dagga-derived liquids in The Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill. The bill also sets a maximum jail term of 15 years for anyone who deals cannabis or provides it to a child.

Smoking cannabis in public or “in the immediate presence of any non-consenting adult person” may come with an incarceration term of up to two years while smoking cannabis around children can come with a penalty of up to four years behind bars.

Legal limits for personal use at home are set to:

  • unlimited for seeds and seedlings
  • four flowering plants for those living alone, or eight for homes with two adults or more
  • 600 grams of dried cannabis if you live alone, or 1.2 kilograms in homes with two or more adults
  • In public places, possession is set to 100 grams of cannabis or one flowering plant

    Limits for gifting without a monetary exchange are set to:
  • 30 seeds or seedlings, or a mixture of the two
  • one flowering plant
  • 100 grams of dry cannabis

    There will also be a system of equivalency in which two immature cannabis plants equal one flowering plant and five grams of fresh, uncured cannabis is equal to one gram of dried product.

    Read The Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill in full, right here and more on the latest local cannabis news, here.

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  1. Wanting 2 work with cannabis as passion from 12years old when developed epilepsy and decided 2 smoke knowing it was a good thing to b using at the time of being looked at as a drug and legilisation

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