Cannabis bill open for public to comment – Independent Online


Cape Town – Participation campaign Dear South Africa has called on the public to make itself heard and comment on the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill.

Dear South Africa managing director Rob Hutchinson said the Cannabis Bill was a controversial one.

“There are still heavy penalties and some might agree and others disagree, and for that reason the public needs to have its say to shape the law,” he said.

The draft bill was published by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services last month, and will give effect to a Constitutional Court judgment that was made in 2018, which declared parts of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act and Medicines and Related Substances Control Act unconstitutional, and decriminalised the private use of dagga.

The bill outlines rules for the use and possession of cannabis and for those who have been convicted for cannabis-related offences in the past.

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