Getting in on the Cannabis Craze
South Africans have digested the news about the decriminalization of personal cannabis use. Now what? The information overload we experience on a daily basis has left many potential cannabis growers feeling overwhelmed and under prepared.
Luckily, you have arrived at the right place. Agriculture Academy has done all of the hard work for you. We have summarized everything you need to know about growing cannabis in South Africa.
Legalization in South Africa
In 2018, the Constitutional Court deemed the criminalization of the "use, possession, purchase and cultivation of cannabis" to be unconstitutional. In short, you can now cultivate your own cannabis on private property without risking arrest. Currently, a person may only grow enough cannabis for "personal use". However, this leaves much room for interpretation. You can read the Constitutional Court's full ruling here.
The laws for commercial cannabis production are different. In 2017, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) published guidelines for medicinal cannabis cultivation. You can grow cannabis on a larger scale, but your products must be used for the sole purpose of clinical and scientific research. You will need to apply for a license first and your production will be highly regulated.
What does this mean for you?
You can grow your own cannabis on your own property. You can use this cannabis (in private) by any means you wish, provided you are over the age of 18. However, you cannot sell your plants, seed or any other material.
If you wish to cultivate cannabis on a larger scale (for the purposes of scientific and clinical research), you will need to possess a permit from the General Director of Health. Only in these circumstances, will you be able to sell your product to the designated authorities and institutions.
What should you be doing?
If you wish to cultivate cannabis in your own privacy, you can now do so without risking arrest. You should see this as an opportunity to flex your green thumb and start your own backyard operation. Remember, any harvest you get from your plants can only be for personal, private use and cannot be sold.
If you have your sight set on bigger prospects, you should consider beginning a commercial cannabis production. The current trends in South Africa allude to a future where cannabis is more in-demand and accessible. You can start providing yourself with an opportunity to meet the current and future demands of the South African community.
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