legal update

September 21, 2018

Using Cannabis Oil at Home is Now Permitted in South Africa!

The good news that anyone can use and grow and own cannabis and cannabis oil in South Africa has caused a stir in the country this week. On Tuesday 18 September, the Constitutional Court ruled that using cannabis in private at home is not a criminal offense any more. Chief Justice Raymond Zondo said that the use, cultivation and possession of cannabis is legal when used privately at home. Owning Cannabis Oil is Now Legal Zondo did not clarify the boundaries for what being at home means, nor did he clarify the amount of cannabis a person could use, grow or own. Sections 4(b) and 5(b) of the Drugs Act, and Section 22A(9)(a)(i) of the Medicines Act were declared unconstitutional and invalid because such Acts made it illegal for adults to use or own cannabis in the privacy of their own home, for their own private use.  These acts therefore did not comply with the individual’s right to privacy as embedded in Section 14 of the Constitution. The World is Waking up to Legalising Cannabis Oil The new law allows anyone to use, grow and own cannabis at home. This includes cannabis products like cannabis oil. In addition, there is […]
February 13, 2018

Legal Update – Cannabis Oil in South Africa

Legal Update – Cannabis Oil in South Africa For a legal update on the latest cannabis oil news in South Africa, read on. There has been a lack of news since the March 2017 court case in the Western Cape when government deemed it permissible to grow and use cannabis in the privacy of your own home. But nowhere else, and not on a commercial scale. So now, the famous Dagga Couple are appealing the decision – which could take as long as two years in total for a final decision to be made. While we wait for a legal update on the cannabis oil situation in South Africa, it is still illegal. That is, no one may cultivate cannabis on a commercial scale for the production of medical cannabis or recreational cannabis and no one may sell it. You may use it any way you want to in the comfort of your own home. Licenses to Cultivate and Produce Cannabis are Scarce While we wait, take note that not one license has been issued for anyone to grow, own or use or trade in cannabis in South Africa.  One person only has won a license to research industrial cannabis […]