Africa

Tue
06
Mar

Tilray begins exporting medicinal-cannabis extract to South Africa, taking B.C. marijuana to five continents

Tilray has added South Africa to the list of countries where it’s exporting made-in-B.C. medicinal cannabis and extracts.

“With this announcement, Tilray products are now available in nine countries on five continents,” the company’s CEO, Brendan Kennedy, said quoted in a media release.

“This export is another strategic milestone as we aim to build the world’s leading medical cannabis brand. We are encouraged by the evolving regulations pertaining to cannabis in South Africa and around the world and are pleased to make our pharmaceutical-grade products available to qualified patients in need in throughout the country.”

Fri
09
Feb

US Corp cashes in as Lesotho becomes the First African country to legalize Cannabis cultivation

Rhizo Sciences announces construction of 400,000 square foot export facility in Lesotho, Africa to meet growing international medical cannabis export demand.

Rhizo Sciences LLC, a Seattle, Washington based medical cannabis company today announced plans to partner with Medi Kingdom Holdings (Pty) Ltd to build the $50M medical cannabis export facility in Lesotho, Africa.

Mon
04
Dec

Tourists roll up for Morocco's cannabis trail

It may not feature in Morocco's official tourism brochures but cannabis attracts thousands of visitors a year to the North African country. At a hotel bar in the northern region of Ketama, German tourist Beatrix made no attempt to hide the joint she was rolling.

The 57-year-old said she had fallen in love with the area for "the quality of its hashish and the friendliness of its residents". Hassan, a 40-something sporting a conspicuous gold watch, said cannabis was "our main source of wealth".

Fri
17
Nov

Marijuana: The Congo's new cash crop

Before he started growing weed, Congolese planter Koti spent his days digging holes and tunnels, mining for morsels of gold. He would smoke weed — or bangi as he calls it — to overcome his fear of the darkness that he faced underground.

As a teen, he saw a tunnel collapse, trapping five fellow miners — only one was rescued. “It’s dangerous,” says Koti, of the illegal minerals trade that many eastern Congolese families depend on. “People were dying.”

Tue
14
Nov

ConCourt to decide if cannabis should be completely legalized in South Africa

South Africa’s Constitutional Court (ConCourt) will today hear the arguments for the complete legalisation of dagga (the African term for cannabis) across the country.

Julian Stobbs and Myrtle Clarke have fought numerous legal battles over the years to have the plant decriminalised. Stobbs and Clarke have even been dubbed the ‘dagga couple’, given their persistence to have the law recognise dagga as a legal substance.

However, they have since been empowered by a ruling earlier this year. Back in March, the Western Cape High Court passed a landmark ruling. The court declared that it is an “infringement to ban the use of dagga by adults in private homes.”

Thu
12
Oct

Medical marijuana a huge opportunity for Africa

All African nations are capable of cultivating medicinal marijuana to exploit a growing international acceptance of cannabis-based medicines. 

The current global market for marijuana products is US$3 billion and is expected to rise to US$56 billion as more countries and US states join the legalisation trend. 

African nations are reluctant to get in on the business, with conservative governments fearful of encouraging recreational drug use. Cultivation of a different kind is now a reality with Africa’s first license to legally deal in medicinal marijuana issued by Lesotho. 

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.

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