Africa

Tue
10
Oct

The green gold rush: Could Africa be on the verge of a weed race?

Several African governments are considering tapping a lucrative natural resource.

More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent each year, according to a UN survey, which advocates believe could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal weed.

African governments have not yet followed the trend of legalization seen in Europe and the Americas. But Lesotho's recent announcement of the continent's first legal license to grow marijuana is part of a wider shift toward more liberal policies.

Mon
25
Sep

South Africa steps closer to cannabis legalization

Earlier this year, South Africa’s courts ruled that home use of cannabis will be legal.

To which pro-marijuana activist Julian Stobbs says: Chill.

The ruling from the Western Cape province High Court does apply across the nation, but the decision is really more about privacy than it is about pot.

The ruling struck down part of an old law that prohibits private and personal use of marijuana. The ruling still has to be solidified by parliament and pass through the constitutional court, which could take up to two years.

Tue
19
Sep

This country is tapping into the lucrative marijuana industry that could make Africa rich

Lesotho has become the first African country to grant a license for medicinal marijuana. The country’s health ministry licensed Verve Dynamics, a South African company that describes itself as “a vegan friendly manufacturer of highly purified botanical extracts and specialty ingredients.”

Thu
14
Sep

Medical marijuana to be licensed in South Africa by end 2017

The Citizen reported this week that those who want to grow cannabis for medicinal purposes will be able to do so by the end of the week.

“The MCC is meeting next week to approve these [regulations and application forms] and once they have approved them they are for use by the public,” health director general Precious Matsoso said.

“In terms of the growing process, the Agricultural Research Council has been applying, but now it’s a process that requires partnership between, among others, the department of agriculture, the department of science and technology and the department of trade and industry,” she said.

Tue
11
Jul

Zimbabwe: Zim Mulls Legalising Production of Cannabis to Lure Investment

Zimbabwe is considering legalising the production of cannabis for medical purposes to lure investors keen to grow the drug, a cabinet minister says.

Investment Promotion Minister Obert Mpofu says a Canadian firm has applied to the government for a permit to produce the drug, known locally as mbanje, in one of the country's soon-to-be-set-up Special Economic Zones (SEZs).

Numerous inquiries

"We have received numerous inquiries from investors who want to participate in the SEZs and one of them is a big international company that wants to be involved in the production of cannabis," Mpofu was quoted as saying by the state-run Sunday News.

Wed
28
Jun

Here's How Many People In The World Consume Cannabis

Ever wonder how many people in the world consume cannabis? Well, if you're one of them, then you're in the company of 182 million, 999 thousand, 999 others. That's approximately how many people enjoy marijuana worldwide according to the 2017 edition of the United Nations' World Drug Report, which says the number could be as high as 238 million people worldwide (nearly double the population of Mexico).

That makes cannabis the most widely-used drug in the world.

Tue
27
Jun

Marijuana Stock Powers Higher on African Joint Venture

LGC Capital Ltd. (CVE:QBA), a marijuana stock, moved sharply higher after announcing a new 50/50 Joint Venture to grow cannabis in southern Africa.

LGC Capital Ltd. (TSXV: QBA), a new marijuana stock, surged 57% to $0.055 on Monday after announcing that it has entered into a strategic alliance with AfriAg (Pty) Ltd to create a new 50/50 Joint Venture to grow and distribute medical and recreational cannabis products in the southern African region for export to regulated and certified end users around the world.

Fri
28
Apr

Tunisia votes to relax harsh cannabis law

Tunisia's parliament voted on Tuesday to ease the country's harsh law on drugs, in a move that could see offenders like youths caught smoking marijuana escape jail terms.

The North African country has faced mounting calls from rights groups and civil society to reform the law.

Tuesday's vote comes after the National Security Council headed by President Beji Caid Essebsi announced measures in March to limit the number of drug-users sent to prison.

Wed
01
Mar

South Africa Set To Become 1st African Nation To Legalize Marijuana

The South African parliament has listened to a motion to legalize the cultivation and usage of cannabis sativa or marijuana.

South Africa is set to legalize the cultivation and use of marijuana, known locally as “dagga,” as early as April 2017, making it the first African nation to permit its usage for medical purposes, reports Afkinsider.

History of the Bill

In 2014, Mario Oriani-Ambrosini, a South African MP elected on the platform of the Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), moved a motion in parliament calling for the legalization of marijuana for medical usage.

Thu
12
Jan

Medical Marijuana Packaging Market - Evaluation of Recent Industry Developments For 2016-2024

Medical marijuana can be defined as the use of cannabis for treatment of certain ailments. It can be utilized for medicinal uses; however, the complete safety and efficacy profiling is till unavailable. Medical marijuana is available in various forms such as flower or concentrates, which is extracted in the form of oils, extracts or edibles. Packaging medical marijuana is a growing business and many companies offer holistic solutions to medical marijuana manufacturers.

The key packaging modes available in the market include:

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