This should not be a surprise to those of us who are up to date with our countries cannabis laws. Since the decriminalisation of cannabis in September last year, growing and consuming cannabis was given the green light. However, they did specify that the sale and purchase of the flower is still a criminal offence punishable by law.
They’re Still Going
Even though this clarification was made, it hasn’t stopped everyone from selling herb. The likes of CannaPax and grow clubs are still functioning in a bit of a grey area. They act as either “traditional healers” or as a service provider where the client pays for the service rather than the end product. Don’t forget about all those lovely dealers functioning through social media platforms either, this goes out to you too! The cops are out to catch and stop you from what you’re doing.
SAPS spokesperson Brigadier Vishnu Naidoo stated that “the establishment of illegal dispensaries/outlets, online sites and social media accounts which are marketing and selling cannabis and cannabis-related products to the public remains illegal, except where specifically allowed in terms of the Medicines and Related Substances Act”. This statement was made in conjunction with the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA).
The loopholes of acting as traditional healers or service providers might close up pretty quickly, now that the authorities have caught on. It will be interesting to see what happens to these grow clubs and the numerous CannaPax franchises that have opened up across the country.
SAPS are Taking Action
Naidoo continued to state that any of those infringing on South African cannabis laws will be acted on. Whether you’re the plug or the buyer, you could find yourself in serious trouble. He reiterated that this applies to both THC and CBD – if you’re breaking the law and regulations, then Mr Naidoo and his squad might just break down your door and bust a cap in yo ass. Okay, that last bit is not verbatim but the SAPS mean business to bring down this black market business.
It’s safe to say that one would rather be safe than sorry. If you want a regular supply of that good stuff, just grow it at home. Don’t forget to check out our tips for harvesting and curing your bud once that grow is ready to go. This has its own benefits – you’ll know where it came from, no more waiting on unreliable dealers, it’s cheaper and the smoke is that much more fulfilling. It might be smart to steer clear of CannaPax franchises and grow clubs until the laws are all cleared up.
Be safe out there and keep yourselves out of trouble. Grow and enjoy your kush, and don’t let these grey areas in the legislation get the better of you.
If you ain’t chokin’, you ain’t tokin’
– Stoner Steve