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Gauteng Cannabis Expo Postponed To Next Year;  New Strategy in the Face of Consolidation

Gauteng Cannabis Expo Postponed To Next Year; New Strategy in the Face of Consolidation

12 July 2024

Gauteng's Cannabis Expo, due to be held in November this year, has been postponed until next year. Cannabis Expo director Silas Howarth tells Cannabiz Africa in an exclusive interview that consolidation has led to a shift in strategy with one major cannabis event a year being planned for different South African cities

SAHPRA: All Future License Applications Should Be BEE Compliant

SAHPRA: All Future License Applications Should Be BEE Compliant

12 July 2024

SAHPRA has proposed mandatory BEE conditions apply to all future license applications. The issue is likely to divide the cannabis community as the benefits of black empowerment may be offset by the additional red tape – and extends SAHPRA’s control into the agricultural sector.

Gauteng Govt: Substance Addiction is Getting Out of Hand in Townships

Gauteng Govt: Substance Addiction is Getting Out of Hand in Townships

11 July 2024

Gauteng is worried that addiction amongst youngsters in the province is becoming a runaway problem. Social Development spokesperson Lawrence Mashabela says cannabis is one of many substances being abused and has called on families and communities to assist in drug awareness.

US Cannabis Trends: The ‘Munchies’ Are Driving Significant Changes in the Food and Beverage Markets

US Cannabis Trends: The ‘Munchies’ Are Driving Significant Changes in the Food and Beverage Markets

11 July 2024

Millennials and Gen Z’s are driving the cannabis markets in legal jurisdictions. But they’re not just getting high, they’re getting hungry as well and ‘convenience’ food outlets are reaping the benefits.

Swiss Pilot Study Shows Trend Towards ‘Lower-Risk’ Cannabis Consumption

Swiss Pilot Study Shows Trend Towards ‘Lower-Risk’ Cannabis Consumption

10 July 2024

Six months on from the opening of Europe’s first legal cannabis stores in Switzerland, experts are reporting trends towards regulated sales and ‘lower-risk’ consumption methods, such as edibles and extracts.

SA Citizen Scientists Discover Two new Species of Psychedelic Mushrooms

SA Citizen Scientists Discover Two new Species of Psychedelic Mushrooms

10 July 2024

South African citizen scientists and researchers scored a double whammy, discovering two new psychedelic mushrooms! One species might even hold clues to traditional healing practices

From the Legal Desk: New Cannabis Act Not Yet in Force; Will Be Implemented in Stages

From the Legal Desk: New Cannabis Act Not Yet in Force; Will Be Implemented in Stages

9 July 2024

The Cannabis for Private Purposes Act has been signed into law but is not yet operational. The Act, which was gazetted on 3 June 2024 will come into effect on a date to be fixed by the President which means it provisions cannot yet be enforced.

Seychelles: 33% of Public Support Cannabis Legalization, 49% Oppose, as Government Struggles With Horror Spike in Heroin Addiction

Seychelles: 33% of Public Support Cannabis Legalization, 49% Oppose, as Government Struggles With Horror Spike in Heroin Addiction

8 July 2024

In a first-ever survey in Seychelles, Afrobarometer explored citizens' views on drugs. Seychellois say they want drug abuse, addiction, and trafficking to be prioritized after the management of the island's economy. The survey showed a strong resistance to legalization with 49% of those polled opposing it, while 30% were in favour.

Cilo Cybin’s Value Leaps to R600 m as Investors Chase Up the Share Price

Cilo Cybin’s Value Leaps to R600 m as Investors Chase Up the Share Price

4 July 2024

Business Day describes Cilo Cybin as a ‘new age pharmaceutical business’, which had a dizzy debut on the JSE’s Altx which saw shares spike to over R9, valuing the company at R600 m.

Germany: Cannabis Social Clubs Now Legal as Measure to Curb Black Market

Germany: Cannabis Social Clubs Now Legal as Measure to Curb Black Market

3 July 2024

Local officials began accepting applications for prospective cannabis cooperatives from 1 July 2024. But it may still be some time before members can start obtaining cannabis under the country’s legalization law, with individual states free to set certain rules for the facilities.

Urgently Streamline Licensing Processes and Establish Quality Standards to Get SA’s Cannabis Industry Into Gear

Urgently Streamline Licensing Processes and Establish Quality Standards to Get SA’s Cannabis Industry Into Gear

2 July 2024

Despite the passing into law of the Cannabis Act, South Africa’s cannabis regulatory landscape remains fraught with contradictions. Policymakers should urgently develop clear regulations and cut the red tape if the country is to benefit economically from the sector

Nitazenes: Highly Potent Opioids Surface in West African Drug Market for the First Time

Nitazenes: Highly Potent Opioids Surface in West African Drug Market for the First Time

1 July 2024

Nitazenes can be 100 times more potent than heroin and 10 times the strength of fentanyl meaning that users get their high from small hits but with huge risks of overdosing. Now they’ve found their way into the West African drug market for the first time

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