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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.
IN THE MEDIA
- M&G – Cannabis bill carries harsh penalties
- BusinessTech – Here are the new cannabis rules proposed for South Africa – including limits, penalties and criminal records
- BusinessInsider – It’s official: Cabinet wants to let you have 1.2kg of dagga at home – if you don’t live alone