Cannabis legalisation has taken an important step forward. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa recently signed the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act (CfPPA) just one day before the elections. This marks a major shift in the country’s drug policy. In this blog post, we will explore the details of the CfPPA, its implications for cannabis users and what it means for the future of cannabis in South Africa.

The South African flag and a cannabis leaf, symbolising the new law.
The South African flag and a cannabis leaf, symbolising the new law.

The Cannabis for Private Purposes Policies: Key Provisions
The Cannabis for Private Purposes Act (CfPPA) introduces substantial changes to the South African legal landscape of cannabis. One of the most significant aspects of the CfPPA is the removal of cannabis from the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act. This regulatory reform allows for the amendment of the Schedules to the Medicines and Related Substances Act, paving the way for the industrialization of the cannabis sector.

Regulation of Cultivation and Possession
Under the new law, adults are permitted to grow cannabis for private use. This change is designed to reduce reliance on the black market and give consumers more control over the quality and safety of the cannabis they use. The CfPPA specifies the quantities of cannabis that individuals can legally possess, creating a clear legal framework for personal use.

The new policy states that an adult can possess an unlimited number of cannabis seeds and seedlings; growing up to four flowering marijuana plants per person or eight per household (if two or more adults live there) in a private place, the possession to 100 grams of dried cannabis in a public place; and up to 600 grams of dried cannabis per person or 1,200 grams per household in a private place.

Man tending his cannabis plant in a private space.
Man tending his cannabis plant in a private space.

Adult Private Use and Cannabis as Medicine
The CfPPA regulates the recreational use of marijuana, emphasizing that it should be consumed in private settings.

Is important to know that public consumption remains prohibited, ensuring that individual freedom is balanced with public safety and order. Additionally, the law provides guidelines for the medically prescribed administration of cannabis to children, ensuring that it is done safely and under strict medical supervision.

Cannabis for medicinal use undergoes strict controls to ensure its quality and cannabinoid composition.
Cannabis for medicinal use undergoes strict controls to ensure its quality and cannabinoid composition.

Protecting Children and Regulating Dealing
An important aspect of the CfPPA is its focus on protecting children from undue exposure to cannabis. The law provides alternative measures to address prohibited use, possession, or dealing in cannabis by children, with due regard to their best interests. Furthermore, the CfPPA prohibits the commercial use and dealing in cannabis, maintaining strict controls to prevent abuse and illegal trade.

Impact on the Business and Legal Landscape
The Cannabis for Private Purposes Act not only affects individual users but also has broader implications for South Africa’s legal and industrial sectors. By removing cannabis from the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act, the CfPPA facilitates specific regulatory reform in several related laws: the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act and the Plant Improvement Act, as well as other pieces of legislation that require amendments to allow for the
When measures are finalised, these changes are expected to create economic opportunities and stimulate the growth of the industrial cannabis sector.

The enactment of the Cannabis for Private Purposes Act represents a significant milestone in South Africa’s journey toward cannabis legalization. By regulating the cultivation, possession, and use of cannabis, the government aims to create a safer, more transparent market for the drug. The CfPPA balances the need for individual freedom with public safety and economic growth, reflecting a progressive approach to cannabis regulation.

For more detailed updates and in-depth analysis on cannabis legalization and other related topics, be sure to explore more news on our blog. Stay informed, stay engaged, and join the conversation about the future of cannabis in South Africa.



Atami always recommends checking your country’s laws regarding the cultivation of plants such as cannabis. We do not enable or encourage the cultivation of such plants outside the legal framework of each country.

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