South Africa


The African cannabis market could reach $7.1B by 2023

In the global cannabis landscape, Africa is an overlooked market. This is due to a number of factors, such as the illegality of the plant across the continent and the poor economic conditions that many African countries face.

Africa has the potential to become an enormous cannabis market due to the large population and favorable climate that makes growing weed easier than in neighboring Europe. A new report by Prohibition Partners suggests that by 2023, the African cannabis market could reach $7.1 billion.


South Africa’s cannabis pioneers say the legal war isn’t won yet

There are 900 000 cannabis farmers in South Africa, and approximately 20 million cannabis users. So says Myrtle Clarke, one half of the Dagga Couple who have been pioneering cannabis-friendly legislation in South Africa for eight years.

Cannabis advocates won a huge victory last year when the Constitutional Court ruled cannabis consumption legal for personal use in private places. But the battle against bureaucracy is far from over – and the legal war has just begun.

From a movement to a booming industry

Myrtle works for an organisation called Field of Green for All. They are pushing for cannabis to be legal not only for personal consumption, but also for cultivation and trade on a commercial scale.


South Africa scents new cannabis markets

Shaking cannabis clear of its stoner image will ever be difficult, but South Africa's decriminalisation of the drug has a serious business upside.

Fancy a cup of cannabis coffee? Perhaps interested in the latest hemp fashion or the different medicinal uses of cannabis oil or medicines?

Two recent cannabis expositions in Pretoria and Cape Town show a growing appetite to understand what the crop can offer both from an agricultural and economic front.

So could South Africa sell marijuana to export markets?

It is certainly becoming a formalised business elsewhere in the world.


The South African dagga industry could be worth R27 billion within four years – but export-quality cannabis may be a problem

  • The South African market for marijuana and associated products could be worth R27 billion per year by 2023, according to a new report by Prohibition Partners.
  • Africa overall has the cheap land and labour to attract investment in cannabis, the consultancy says – but export markets looking for quality may require irrigation infrastructure not common on the continent.
  • But wrapping dagga in banana leaves and burying it may be just the edge African producers need to command high premiums for their weed.


South Africa's cannabis policy is wildly confusing, despite "dagga" being part of the culture for centuries

The story of dagga in South Africa stretches back centuries, writes Zack Ruskin.


South Africa’s Dagga Couple remind us what’s important about cannabis

Myrtle Clarke and Julian Stobbs’ home was raided by South African police in 2010. They were charged with cannabis possession and distribution and faced some choices: plead guilty, pay bribes, or sue the government. They chose the latter, combining their case with Ras Garreth Prince, a Rastafarian who had been denied access to law school because he was a cannabis user. Defying government opposition, South Africa’s highest court ruled in their favor in September 2018 and decriminalized cannabis use and possession in private spaces.


South Africa poised for cannabis trade despite obstacles

2018 has been called the "year for cannabis" in South Africa. But there are still hurdles before a legal marijuana industry can flourish in an African economic power deemed ideal for large-scale cultivation.

Advocates rejoiced at a Constitutional Court decision in September that upheld the legalization of the adult use and cultivation of pot in private. A cannabis expo in the capital, Pretoria, this month was Africa's first, organizers said. However, buying and selling cannabis for recreational reasons remains illegal, and an onerous licensing process has held up the cultivation and sale of medical marijuana.


Can you get high from second-hand marijuana smoke?

On 18 September 2018 the Constitutional Court of South Africa, the highest court in the country, decriminalised the private use and cultivation of marijuana.

The unanimous court ruling was met with approval and celebration by the South African public.

For all of those not partaking in the "joint" rotation and concerned about the "second-hand high", rest assured that you’ll remain unaffected... kind of.


Africa’s first marijuana expo, without marijuana

Andre Kruger’s stand at Africa’s first ever cannabis exposition displayed an indoor growing tent, complete with state-of-the-art lighting imported from the United States and fittings for a high-tech hydroponic irrigation system.

What it didn’t have, however, was a cannabis plant.

The four-day expo, which opened in South Africa’s capital Pretoria on Thursday, was a stark illustration of the legal grey area the nascent industry occupies in the continent’s most developed economy.

In September, the Constitutional Court decriminalized the use and cultivation of cannabis in private space. But the decision did not legalize its trade or distribution. Even displaying cannabis in public remains legally dubious.


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