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Friends of Hemp South Africa

Friends of Hemp South Africa

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Friends of Hemp South Africa is a broad-based alliance of South African citizens (i.e. across the private sector, research institutions, government, NGOs/CSO, associations, etc.) concerned about the prevention and criminalization of industrial hemp in our country. Set up as a non-profit organization (NPO), our effort is driven by a desire to unlock the economic and socio-economic potential of industrial hemp and to provide South Africans the option to earn a legitimate livelihood from a recognized agricultural/industrial crop.

Our work focuses on three areas

1. Legal Challenge: leading a legal challenge to the current laws that criminalize industrial hemp (i.e. the Drug and Drug Trafficking Act of 1972) and the arbitrarily define hemp (i.e. the Medicines and Related Substances Act of 1965, as amended in 2020).

2. Advocacy and Influencing: working alongside government and agencies to provide policy and legislative advice aligned with a hemp industry that serves the needs of South Africans and that drives job and value creation, and competitiveness

3. General Awareness: providing general information and education about hemp and convening various fora to stimulate production and collaborative debate and discussion about South Africa’s hemp future and needs.

Our current campaign seeks to raise funds to support the legal action we are pursuing to have industrial hemp redefined as an agricultural crop (instead of a drug). Without prejudice to other meaningful causes, this particular legal action will unlock the fundamental stumbling block and an obstacle to the development of the South African cannabis/hemp industry.

The funding is needed to pay legal fees and other fees associated with same. We will be working in Johannesburg, Gauteng. With the help of funding, We are enabled to make a positive impact and change to the hemp industry in South Africa. Declaring hemp an industrial crop. 

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  • May 12, 2021 - R 350.00
  • "A Friend of Hemp" - KA

  • May 06, 2021 - USD $ 15.00
  • "Let’s do this !!!" - Toni Läderach

  • Apr 29, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Well done." - Christine

  • Apr 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Hurrah" - Big Daddy

  • Apr 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "A great initiative in empowering our people" - SUnshine Blouw

  • Apr 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Well done!" - Dr Claudia Beck-Reinhardt

  • Apr 26, 2021 - R 200.00
  • "Supporting Hemp!" - Sophia

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Donations to date

R 1 552.51

Fundraising target

R 1 000 000.00

Friends of Hemp South Africa

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Friends of Hemp South Africa has been founded in order to decriminalize hemp in South Africa and have it declared an agricultural crop, making industrialized hemp and its eco-friendly products, amongst other uses, widely available to South Africans.

The criminal classification of hemp is the product of a by-gone era when compared to our society’s current morals and values amount to an infringement of our Constitutional Right(s) – which infringements Friends of Hemp South Africa wishes to remedy