Parliament urge interested persons to submit written submissions on the proposed Cannabis bill

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The Parliament’s Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services have urged stakeholders and interested persons to submit written submissions on the proposed bill of private use of the cannabis.

The bill is set to further elaborate on the rules of use and possession of the drug.

This draft bill which was published by the Department of Justice and Correctional Services in August, is set to 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 cannabis.

In a notice circulated by the subject portfolio in parliament they said the purpose of the recognition of private use of cannabis is to:
• Respect the right to privacy of an adult person to possess cannabis plant cultivation plant; 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 plant; the possession of cannabis; and the smoking and consumption of cannabis by an adult person.
• Protect adults and children against harm of cannabis

• Provide for the expungement of criminal records of persons convicted for possession or use of cannabis.
• Delete and amend provisions of certain laws
• Provide for matters connected therewith.

Interested persons are given until October 9, 2020 to make the submission to cannabisbill@parliament.gov.za

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