Le­gal pa­ra­me­ters of can­na­bis usa­ge

Knysna-Plett Herald - - News - S­taff re­por­ter

Ma­ny ci­ti­zens feel unsu­re a­bout the pa­ra­me­ters of le­gal use fol­lo­wing the Con­sti­tu­ti­o­nal Court or­der. (See pa­ge 7).

Ac­cor­ding to an in­de­pen­dent ad­mit­ted at­tor­ney, the jud­ge­ment or­de­red the de­cri­mi­na­li­sa­ti­on of a­dult pri­va­te cul­ti­va­ti­on and con­sump­ti­on. This in­dul­gen­ce was not ex­ten­ded to pos­ses­si­on of dag­ga for com­mer­ci­al use or for sel­ling dag­ga.

She ex­plai­ned how po­li­ce­men fi­gu­re out who is sel­ling/cul­ti­va­ting com­mer­ci­al­ly: “The pre­sump­ti­on of de­a­ling is jud­ged ac­cor­ding to po­li­ce dis­cre­ti­on. In ot­her words, if a po­li­ce­man co­mes up to you and sees that you ha­ve 200 ma­t­chboxes of dag­ga in a duf­fel bag, he may pre­su­me that you are de­a­ling.”

The pu­bli­ca­ti­on al­so con­sul­ted the C­ri­mi­nal Pro­ce­du­re Act. Secti­on 26 al­lows the po­li­ce to en­ter pre­mi­ses if they re­a­so­na­bly be­lie­ve that so­meo­ne on tho­se pre­mi­ses has in­for­ma­ti­on re­la­ting to an al­le­ged cri­me. The pur­po­se of en­te­ring must be li­mi­ted to in­ter­ro­ga­ting that per­son and obtai­ning their sta­te­ment. The sa­me secti­on cre­a­tes an ex­cep­ti­on for pri­va­te dwel­lings which may not be en­te­red wit­hout the occu­pier’s con­sent. Sub­ject to Secti­on 26, Secti­on 27 dic­ta­tes that re­a­so­na­ble for­ce may be u­sed w­he­re le­gal en­try to pre­mi­ses is ob­structed. –

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