Dear South Africa

The Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services invites the public to comment on the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill.

Please read the penalties, limits on possession, cultivation quantities and dealing/trafficking at the summary link below.

8452 participants (closed 30 November).

Dear South Africa

[CLOSED] Have your say – shape this policy.

    Do you support the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill (view summary)?


    Dear South Africa
    • Cannabis is defined as anything containing the psychoactive THC (including vaping of cannabis-derived liquids).
    • a maximum jail term of 15 years for anyone who deals in cannabis, or provides it to a child.
    • Anyone who smokes cannabis in public, or too close to a window, or “in the immediate presence of any non-consenting adult person” may be jailed for up to two years.
    • Smoking around children can result in up to four years in jail.

    Legal limits for personal, legal 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.

    For purposes of exchange between individuals (no remuneration involved) limits are set to:

    • 30 seeds or seedlings, or a mixture of the two
      one flowering plant
    • 100 grams of dry cannabis.

    The purpose of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill [B19 – 2020] is to:

    • Respect the right to privacy of an adult person to possess cannabis plant cultivation material; to cultivate a prescribed quantity of cannabis plants; possess a prescribed quantity of cannabis; and to smoke and consume cannabis;
    • Regulate the possession of cannabis plant cultivation material; the cultivation of cannabis plants; the possession of cannabis; and the smoking and consumption of cannabis by an adult person;
    • Protect adults and children against the harms of cannabis;
    • Provide for the expungement of criminal records of persons convicted of possession or use of cannabis;
    • Delete and amend provisions of certain laws; and
    • Provide for matters connected therewith.


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