Cannabiz Africa Legal Desk

Schindlers Attorneys is South Africa’s first and only law firm to have a department dedicated to ‘M&R’ (‘medicinal’ & ‘recreational’) cannabis (“dagga”) law, advising both international and local clients. Schindlers’ department focuses on five primary areas relating to M&R cannabis advice. These are:

  1. Cannabis Corporate & Intellectual Property law;
  2. Medicinal Cannabis Licensing and Compliance;
  3. Recreational Cannabis law;
  4. Litigation involving reviews of decisions by state functionaries & the protection and preservation of intellectual property, statutory and common law rights;
  5. Criminal Defence Litigation that includes High Court litigation for Stays in Prosecution.

The department is run by three partners, with professional support staff, all of whom have varying skills sets in one or more of the five fields.


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Contact Details



(T) +27 (0) 11 448-9600

(F) +27 (0) 86 608 9600

Melrose Arch Offices

Second Floor
3 Melrose Boulevard
Melrose Arch
South Africa

Postal Address

PO Box 10909
South Africa


24HR-Emergency Bail Hotline: 083-631-2023

State of Play Greenhouse Project

Cannabiz Africa’s Legal Desk publishes the current legal status of cannabis and hemp in South Africa . This report has been drawn up by Cannabiz Africa’s Legal Desk partners Schindlers Attorneys.

Schindlers is part of a new cannabis consultancy, Greenhouse Projects, which is being launched in association with business and investment advisor Pierre van der Hoven and pharmaceutical tech experts, Sativius.  For more details contact

Dagga as Medicine: Warning from the Cannabiz Africa Legal Desk

Cannabiz Africa believes cannabis should be completely legal and in time, we are quietly confident that it will be.  As cannabis emerges from the underground into the mainstream economy there are pitfalls for both cannabis entrepreneurs and consumers until there is definitive legislative change. Far-reaching legislative change is expected this year, but in the meantime, the justice system is clear that the Law is the Law. Cannabis dealing remains illegal and that arrests will continue until such time as 

Canapax founder, the controversial Russel de Beer, was arrested by the Hawks last week at his Hartebeestpooort property. They put out a statement saying they would link the current charges he is facing to the ones relating to his arrest in 2019 relating to his Canapax brand in which he claimed it was legal to sell cannabis under the auspices of it being a traditional medicine.

It has been bought to Cannabiz Africa’s attention that Canapax franchises are still operating out there.  In light of this, a word of caution from Schindlers Attorneys Paul-Michael Keichel:

“Please note that nowhere in traditional healers’ legislation does it allow for the sale of prohibited and/or scheduled substances”

PCC’s: Warning from the Cannabiz Africa Legal Desk

The legalization of cannabis is underway but there is a lot of legal grey area in terms of possession of ‘adult use’ or recreational cannabis. A vast number of private cannabis clubs (PCC’s) have emerged claiming to be operating within the law through various membership models.   

The PCC model test case is that of The Haze Club, where the prosecution has been held back pending a High Court decision on the legality of such clubs.  Cannabiz Africa’s Legal Desk has the following warning to the public around PCC’s. This statement has been drafted by Cannabiz Africa Legal Desk partner Andrew Lawrie of Schindler’s Attorneys, 

“Pending the outcome of the THC high court application, which will hopefully be heard on 14 June 2021, the public is advised to refrain from conducting activities associated with the now commonly known “Grow Club Model”, without taking proper advice.


Fields of Green, Bheki Cele, Ronald Lamola, Myrtle Clarke, Dagga Couple

Power Players takes a slightly different view this week. Our top two players this week are the South African ministers who are the biggest obstacles to their own government’s cannabis reform initiative.

Cannabiz Africa believes the following two accused should be in the dock instead of the scores of ordinary South Africans arrested for trying to make a living out of a plant that provides a service to society.