After receiving multiple requests for an extension, the deadline for written submissions into the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill has been extended to 30 November 2020.

The process reportedly opened a month ago and the original deadline was Friday 9 October.

According to the government gazette, “the purpose of the Bill is to respect the right to privacy of an adult person to possess cannabis plant cultivation material, to cultivate a prescribed quantity of cannabis plants, possess a prescribed quantity of cannabis, and to smoke and consume cannabis.”

“The bill will regulate the possession of cannabis plant cultivation material; the cultivation of cannabis plants; the possession of cannabis and the smoking and consumption of cannabis by an adult person.”

“It also aims to protect adults and children against the harm of cannabis, and provide for the abolishing of criminal records of persons convicted of possession or use of cannabis.”

Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services Committee Chairperson Bulelani Magwanishe says, “Submissions must indicate interest in making a verbal presentation,”.

Copies of the bill may be obtained from Mr V Ramaano on telephone number (021) 403-3820 or 083 709 8427, or www.parliament.gov.za.

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