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SAPS: Private Cannabis Clubs are ‘Fronts’ for Illegal Drug Dealers

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The Western Cape Narcotics Squad commander says Private Cannabis Clubs (PCC’s), are nothing more than illegal fronts for trafficking cannabis. 

In an affidavit filed with the Western Cape High Court on 8 May 2021 in relation to The Haze Club case, top cop Lt Col Johan Smit, argues that:

  • SAPS is duty bound to enforce the law and until such time as the Health Department changes sections of the Drug Trafficking and Medicines Acts, dealing in cannabis is a criminal offence;
  • PCC’s are not legal until such time the law specifically states so;
  • A close analysis of membership options offered by PCC’s show that they offer the general public the opportunity to buy cannabis rather than being exclusively available for members; (See story here: Top Cop: THC Prosecution Hinges On Concepts of ‘Cannabis Ownership’ and ‘Private Space’)
  • The police recognize the public’s right to grow and consume cannabis privately and will not crack down on home-growers who are obviously supplying only themselves;

 

SAPS: Cannabis arrests will continue until the law is changed.

 

Lt Col Smit’s affidavit (see full affidavit here) was submitted on behalf of three of the respondents in the THC case, which has been postponed pending an anticipated High Court ruling on the legality of PCC’s in the next few months. The respondents are the Ministers of Police and Justice and Correctional Services and the National Prosecuting Authority.   

Lt Col Smit also noted in his affidavit that input was required from the Ministry of Health in terms of policy change before there could be any shift in the way police carried out the law.

As yet there has been no affidavit submitted by Respondent Number 4: the Ministry of Trade and Industry.

Lt Col Smit, a career policeman of 32 years, for much of which has been one of Interpol’s point men in South Africa, was chosen to write the affidavit based on his experience. This includes working with the DEA, the FBI and most European policing agencies. He has been with the Narcotics Squad for 20 years and says he has been responsible for numerous major arrests and seizures during his tenure.

And in a neat side-swipe, the top cop rejected claims that the SAPS was racist in carrying out cannabis arrests, and said the THC was an elitist organization who’s pricing structure was aimed at keeping out the previously disadvantaged. (See State’s case against the THC)   Lt Col Smit also submitted as part of his affidavit photographs of cannabis plants growing in township and urban areas that were obviously “home grows” known to SAPS, but were being accepted as such and not eradicated.

Cannabiz Africa has contacted the SAPS communication service for comment on issues raised by the THC case and the protests against SAHPRA but to date has had no response.

 

READ ALL OUR HAZE CLUB COVERAGE HERE 

READ ALL OUR PCC COVERAGE HERE 

READ ALL OUR SAPS COVERAGE HERE 

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