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Black South African Farmers Struggle To Enter Burgeoning Cannabis Market

Stacks of bright green cannabis plants, freshly harvested from nearby hothouses, are expertly sorted on a lab table by workers wearing hygienic gloves and caps who snip the leaves and buds and put them in bins for further processing.

Druid’s Garden in Hennops, about 20 miles north of Johannesburg, is a licensed farm which conducts research, legally produces cannabis and other traditional medicinal products for sale in South Africa and international markets.


1st commercial cannabis grow License issued in South Africa

A Cape Town strawberry farm has been issued the first commercial license to cultivate cannabis in South Africa, where medicinal use is legal, and recreational use is in the process of being legalized.

The license is for growing cannabis but not for manufacturing any end products for sale or consumption, reports EWN.

Medical uses for cannabis include products that help treat pain, anxiety, insomnia and cancer, according to Healthline.

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Dealing in dagga in South Africa: Cops continue to clamp down on cannabis

The South African Police Service (SAPS) issued a warning on 4 November 2019, that the sale of cannabis is still illegal if not specifically allowed under the Medicines and Related Act Substances Act.

This means that dispensaries or outlets, online sites and social media platforms which are marketing and selling cannabis and cannabis related products to the public, remain illegal.


South Africa hands out first commercial licence to grow cannabis

The South African Health Products Regulatory Authority has granted a strawberry farm in Cape Town the country’s first licence to produce medicinal marijuana.

The Polkadraai Strawberry farm will be allowed to grow 20 tonnes of cannabis, but will not be allowed to create any products for sale or consumption, reports Cape Talk.


You can now buy cannabis drinks, oils and food in South Africa – this is what is legal

An influx in the sale of cannabis products in South Africa has caused much confusion among consumers as to whether these products are legal, says Ferosa-Fae Hassan, an associate at law firm ENSAfrica.

According to Hassan, the market has been flooded by new cannabis beverages, oils, soaps, creams and even foods infused with cannabidiol (CBD) oils.

There have also been numerous exhibitions and festivals across the country demonstrating the health benefits of such goods.

“This new boost in cannabis products follows the September 2018 Constitutional Court judgement which held that certain provisions of the Drugs and Drug Trafficking Act and the Medicines and Related Substances Act are unconstitutional based on one’s right to privacy, said Hassan,


South Africa’s cannabis Industry expected to be worth $1.7B If legalized

In a country with 29 percent unemployment, South Africa could tap into a lucrative industry that creates desperately-needed jobs and boosts the economy if the government passes legislation.

A legalized cannabis industry in South Africa could be worth more than $1.7 billion annually by 2023, according to the African Cannabis Report, the first detailed report on the legal cannabis industry in Africa.


New test in South Africa to help police and employers check for cannabis use

A new test has been announced that could drastically improve the ability of law enforcement and employers to determine if people are under the influence of cannabis.

South Africa’s changing stance on marijuana

Testing of the substance has become quite complicated in South Africa after it was effectively made legal in the country.


South Africa is now on the verge of cannabis legalization

South Africa’s history of State-sponsored segregation has taught cannabis activists there to avoid the pitfalls of botanical segregation and embrace the eons-old history of use by indigenous people. While countries around the globe struggle to re-regulate, commodify and capitalize on the plant’s resurgent legitimacy, South Africa could be poised to become a beacon of reefer sanity.


How cannabis could unlock R107 billion for South Africa’s economy

South Africa could unlock a R107 billion cannabis industry if government passes the necessary regulations to make it happen.

The figure was put forward by international experts at a conference held in Sandton last week, as cited by the City Press.


South Africa: What the decriminalisation of cannabis means for the workplace

Following the Constitutional Court’s Prince judgment, cannabis use, possession and cultivation in South Africa has been decriminalised with adult persons now permitted to use, possess and cultivate cannabis in a private place for personal consumption. (See Minister of Justice and Constitutional Development and Others v Prince; NDPP and Others v Rubin; NDPP and Others v Acton and Others [2018] ZACC 30). Given thatPrince does not deal with the effects of the decriminalisation of cannabis in the workplace, many unanswered employment related questions emerge which we set out below.


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