• Légalisation du cannabis à usage personnel en Afrique du Sud
  • Légalisation du cannabis à usage personnel en Afrique du Sud

Legalization of cannabis for personal use in South AfricaInternational

Published 30 May 2024 by AQIC

South Africa’s president has signed a bill to legalize marijuana possession and cultivation by adults.

President Cyril Ramaphosa gave his approval to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act (CfPPA) on Tuesday, just one day ahead of national elections. The National Assembly had passed the legislation last November, and the National Council of Provinces signed off in February.

The reform has been years in the making, with lawmakers well past a deadline following a Constitutional Court ruling in 2018 that deemed the prohibition on simple possession and cultivation of cannabis to be unlawful, mandating legislative change within two years.

The bill to codify legalization was finally introduced in 2020, but action had been delayed, even as South Africa’s government has included cannabis in a list of sectors to prioritize in the interest of economic expansion.

“The consequent regulatory reform enabled by the CfPPA will, amongst others, entirely remove cannabis from the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act,” the president’s office said in a press release on Tuesday. “This will further enable amendment of the Schedules to the Medicines and Related Substances Act and provide for targeted regulatory reform of the Plant Breeders Rights Act and the Plant Improvement Act, as well as other pieces of legislation that require amendment to allow for the industrialisation of the cannabis sector.”

“The Bill further guides the medically prescribed administration of cannabis to a child while also protecting children from undue exposure to cannabis,” the president’s office said. “It provides for an alternative manner by which to address the issue of the prohibited use, possession of, or dealing in, cannabis by children, with due regard to the best interest of the child. It also prohibit the dealing in cannabis.”

Lawmakers have emphasized that the measure does not permit for the lawful sale of cannabis. Adults will need to grow their own plants, and they could only consume in their private residence.