South Africa “Top Cannabis Legal Minds Now Involved in Drafting a New Law that Will Allow for Commercial Trade in Cannabis and Scrap Excessive Red Tape”

South Africa “Top Cannabis Legal Minds Now Involved in Drafting a New Law that Will Allow for Commercial Trade in Cannabis and Scrap Excessive Red Tape”
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Cannabiz Africa reported last week that Webber Wentzel policy document has become the main navigational instrument Private sector lawyers have taken the lead in formulating new cannabis legislation that will allow for regulated commercial trade of the whole plant. A policy document prepared by leading law firm Webber Wentzel (WW) is being discussed by the Private Sector Working Group (PSWG) of the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP) as a possible alternative to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill (CPPB) – or at least one that follows it into law as soon as possible. It envisages a complete overhaul of the current licensing system with the cultivation of cannabis not requiring a license per se, but only in certain cases, such as processing, retailing, import and export. Cannabiz Africa sources say that Government is relying on non-government lawyers to help draft new legislation as state lawyers are struggling with the complexity of cannabis and the CPPB (championed by the Department of Justice) is at odds with the NCMP (drafted by the Department of Agriculture but in the process of being taken over by the Presidency) The million-dollar question is whether the legislation envisaged in the WW document will be rolled into, or replace the CPPB, which is being redrafted after the last period of public comment which closed on 13 May 2022. The CPPB is due to go before the National Council of Provinces to be passed into law in the next few months. The WW document, “Conceptualisation, Motivation and Key Provisions for an Enabling Regulatory Framework for Cannabis” recommends that a single new cannabis law be drawn up rather than existing legislation be amended. It asks: “Are we choosing a social development approach or a criminal approach” to cannabis reform? And then answers: the “Masterplan is better served by a non-penal…

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