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Comment on Private Use Cannabis Bill extended to November 30, 2020.

The government has bowed to pressure to extend public comment period on the controversial Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill which is due to be presented to parliament next year. The draft bill has been roundly criticized by civil society for being contradictory and the process has been slammed as too hasty.

The bill was published for comment in September 2020 and all submissions were due in by Friday 16 October. At the last minute, the chairman for the Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services, Bulelani Magwanishe, extended the deadline to Monday, 30 November 2020. He said several requests were received for more time and urged interested parties to make submissions.

The purpose of the bill is to respect the right of adults to possess cannabis in the privacy of their own homes and for a limited amount of personal consumption. It aims to protect children from harm and limit social damage and also proposes to expunge the criminal records of those convicted of possessing or dealing in dagga.

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Enquiries must be directed to Mr V Ramaano.

Submissions must be emailed to az.vog.tnemailrap@llibsibannac.

Copies of the bill may be obtained from Mr V Ramaano on telephone number +27 (0)21 403-3820 or 083 709 8427, or www.parliament.gov.za.

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