Zootly | Flying with weed in South Africa: What you need to know


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Considering flying with weed? If you’re heading out of town for a little local getaway, nothing completes the picture of relaxation like a fat joint of your favourite flower in hand. But before you get to light up with your feet up, you have to run the gauntlet of airport security.

Sure, domestic security isn’t exactly the thorough body-search frisk affair of international, but nobody wants a sniffer dog snout in their stash. And nobody wants their travel plans ruined by a wrongful arrest or by having their cannabis confiscated. But there’s good news…

It’s 100% legal to carry weed on board. 

According to the directive issued to all police officers in the wake of the Constitutional Court judgment, it is NOT a criminal offence to carry small amounts of cannabis during plane trips. That means that possession of cannabis plant matter or edibles can’t lead to the holder being charged or arrested.

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As always, a couple of restrictions apply when flying with weed. It has to be in an amount consistent with personal consumption, as ruled by the Constitutional Court. And it has to be well concealed, so don’t flash your stash around. We recommend you keep it sealed up tight in the Zoot Case, which is scent proof and ultra discreet.

And obviously… don’t smoke it in any public place, including the airport and on a plane.

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Here’s the low down, straight from the police directive:

Passengers flying on a commercial airliner with small amounts of cannabis:

Provided that the quantity of cannabis is small and based on all the circumstances of a specific matter, including the concealment of the cannabis in a bag or luggage of a passenger, possession for personal consumption, by an adult passenger on a domestic flight, is permitted.”

Heads up that we don’t yet have a legal definition of what a “small” amount is. That’s up to the cops’ discretion. Be on the safe side and don’t stuff a giant stash down your tog bag. That’s just asking for a sniffer dog’s nose to be up in your business.

But does this freedom to move weed within South Africa apply when flying overseas? Read the full article on Zootly.co.za

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