In September 2018, the Constitutional Court decriminalised the private cultivation of cannabis by adults for personal private consumption. This created an opportunity for businesses to 'privately' grow and prepare cannabis for clients. But recent police action has nipped their operations in the bud, so they want legal clarity.
In October this year, police in the Western Cape announced that provincial detectives had arrested two suspects on drug trafficking charges during a raid at a business park in the suburb of Ottery.
Members of the Detectives Narcotic Unit and Flying Squad "uncovered a hydroponic cannabis laboratory comprising dagga-drying equipment and various dagga plants valued at around R82,200," police spokesperson Colonel Andrè Traut had said.
He added: "Four cooling units transformed into hot houses, fully equipped with plants in various stages of cultivation, were found. The equipment, the plants and a substantial amount of dried cannabis were confiscated."
It turned out the target of this clampdown had been The Haze Club (THC), described on its website as "South Africa's first 100% Legal Premium Growing Service".
This service is what is known as a cannabis grow club - there are apparently several in South Africa - and involves a business leasing...