M&R Cannabis Department

Schindlers is South Africa’s first law firm to have a department dedicated to ‘M&R’ (‘medicinal’ & ‘recreational’) cannabis law, advising both international and local clients.

We have been experts in the Cannabis field for years, and rose to prominence in 2013, when we took-on the so-called “Dagga Couple” as clients and started leading their challenge to have the laws prohibiting Cannabis use and possession declared unconstitutional in South Africa. We were successful and in September 2018 the Constitutional Court ruled that the private consumption of Cannabis by adults should be brought within the confines of the law and ordered that Parliament enact the necessary legislation.

Our 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 Defense Litigation that includes High Court litigation for Stays in Prosecution.



Michela Ferreira

Michela plays an integral role in bringing together technology initiatives. Whilst she possesses a strong knowledge of brand development, strategy implementation, consistency and standards, she is proficient in design, multimedia, frontend and backend UI and UX design, frontend design and the formulation of strategies to synthesize the physical and cyber.

She is passionate about modern culture and how technology transforms internal and external business systems to enhance efficiency and growth. 

She is steadfast in her commitment to reshaping the technology landscape into an inclusive domain, ensuring equal access to the burgeoning global digital economy for all individuals. Her efforts focus on democratizing the financial sector, bridging the gap between technology and everyday users worldwide.