The owners of Natures Farmacy, the first social cannabis club registered in the Western Cape, are considering legal action against the South African Police Services (SAPS) for wrongful address.
This follows a raid on the private club’s premises in the Klein Drakenstein mountains outside Paarl on 9 June 2021. Four employees were arrested and were detained overnight. They were released without being charged.
Fenthum: Introduced the business model to senior police officers before setting up
Bruce Fenthum, CEO of One Culture National (OCN) which established the Nature’s Farmacy franchise in 2020, says he’s been careful to stay on the right side of the law in establishing the club. He told the Paarl Post last year: “We set up a private social club where members can come in, go behind the counter and see the product grown for them by a specialized farmer, and they can use their products as if they belong to a private golf club.”
He said the plants were owned by the members and not the club and that he had introduced the business model to senior police officers in the Western Cape who appeared on board.
Wednesday’s raid was apparently conducted by a SAPS K9 unit and there are allegations the four staff arrested were manhandled and threatened with a firearm.
Co-owner Bertie Gerbhardt said it appeared that all stock confiscated had been returned and that Nature’s Farmacy was open for business again.
“We are talking to our lawyers about possible legal action against the police for wrongful arrests”, he said.