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CTAA Seeks Urgent Meeting with President Ramaphosa as SA Grapples with Incoherent Cannabis Policy Framework

The Cannabis Trade Association Africa (CTAA) is seeking an urgent meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently set up a Cannabis Desk in the presidency to co-ordinate policy.  The call follows the CTAA’s letter to Ramaphosa in March 2021 where it urges him to take control of South Africa’s start-stop cannabis reform process.   The call

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Cultivation

South Africa: Now a High Court Challenge Looming to Legalize Hemp

Change the law to define hemp as an agricultural crop and not a drug. That’s the basic message that is to be taken to the High Court by non-profit organization Friends of Hemp, which is campaigning to to legalize hemp in South Africa.  FoH is raising funds to lodge an application for a High Court

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THC new international standard: 1 unit = 5 mg

Cannabis researchers world-wide will be working in the same framework now that international health organizations have agreed on what is a standard unit of THC.   According to a report in 420.com, , the National Institute on Drug Abuse, National Cancer Institute, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute, and the National Institute of Mental Health

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Amazon

What Does It Mean for the Cannabis World Once Amazon Gets in on the Game?

The announcement by Amazon on 1 June 2021 that it supported legalization of cannabis and would soften its drug-testing policies on employees “created cheers and fears in the cannabis world”, writes Senior Leafly Editor Bruce Barcott in a piece for 420.com published on 2 June 2021.   We republish his story below.   Yes, Amazon will

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Business

SA Entrepreneur Grabs Rare Seeds at World’s 1st NFT Cannabis Auction; Buys 20, Pays Over R10 000 Each

He’s made his name in revving engines, now he’s into boutique cannabis genetics.  Cape Town entrepreneur Matt Benas, CEO of smokemgarage.com, has bought 20 rare cannabis seeds in the world’s first NFT cannabis auction.   Benas paid R224 000 for the never-again-to-be-reproduced seeds from the Green Gage Group (GGG) at the 4 June 2021 online bidding sale.

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Africa

Nigeria’s Ondo Governor: ‘If We Don’t Legalize Medical Cannabis We Are Shooting Ourselves in the Foot”

This report by Ikemefuna Obi-Maduabuchi for Today NG Online Ondo State Governor and Chairman of the South-West Governors’ Forum, Rotimi Akeredolu, says Nigeria could earn good foreign exchange if cannabis cultivation is legalized for medicinal purposes. He spoke on 2 June 2021 on a live interview programme tagged ‘Governor Speaks’, which is part of activities lined

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Australia

Silverleaf JV with Druids Paves Way for SA Cannabis Exports to Australia

Silverleaf’s cannabis fund has made its opening investment – it’s financing an Australian CBD export deal through a JV with Gauteng-based Druid Holdings, one of South Africa’s leading licensed medical cannabis cultivators. This follows Druids securing a major, multi-year international supply agreement with a leading Australian pharmaceutical company.  “The investment is assisting our growth and

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Africa

Hello ‘Cannabis Contract Farming’: SA’s CBD Pharma Outsources Grow-Op to Highlands in Lesotho

South Africa’s CBD Pharma Farms is about to become Africa’s first “contract cannabis farmer”. It has taken its offtake agreement to Lesotho, where Highlands Investments has pioneered a new model whereby it grows cannabis on behalf of outside customers through its Canna-Tract system. Canna-Tract enables companies to grow commercial volumes of medical-grade cannabis without having

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Beverages & Edibles

Alaskan Thunder F**k: The Case of Bombadier Chelsea who Fed Her Fellow Gunners Cannabis Cookies During a Live Ammo Exercise

Here’s a sharp retort to all those critics who said that Canada had succeeded in making cannabis boring. Bombardier Chelsea Cogswell is facing a court martial for feeding her artillery battalion dagga-laced cookies during a live artillery exercise. Profile pic of Bombadier Cogswell (left) with friend   She faces 18 charges at a court martial

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Africa

Can weed give Africa’s economies a buzz?

This report is by JEREMY KAHN, FORTUNE MAGAZINE International money and investment magazine Forbes says cannabis exports hold enormous potential for Africa but warns that all benefits could backfire if traditional small-scale farmers are not included in the cannabis value-chain. At the bustling Indian Ocean port of Beira, in Mozambique, steel cranes stack containers full of

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Africa

Welcome to the World Stage – Africa’s First Big Play: Goodleaf and Highlands Merger Creates a New R650 million Cannabis Giant

Africa’s first true cannabis multinational has arrived. Goodleaf and Highlands Investments (which picked up Canopy Growth’s African assets) have announced a merger to form the continent’s largest vertically integrated cannabis company valued at R650 million (US$50 million).  World-class global brand in the making “We are delighted to have successfully concluded this merger, and in doing

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Growing Demand for Cannabis Education: Home-growers lead the way

Close on 500 people have taken one of Cheeba Africa’s online cannabis courses and there’s a growing thirst by home-growers to learn more.  And a further 50 have attended courses at Cheeba’s Gauteng academy, with most of the demand being for cultivation knowledge.   Basic growing courses most in demand Cheeba Africa’s Bianca Kaiser told

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CBD

CBD Awareness: A Word-of-Mouth Thing

Friends, family, the internet and social media. That’s where most Americans have sourced their information about CBD products.   According to research by New Frontier Data released on 2 June 2021, traditional media played a lesser role in consumer awareness amongst CBD users.  Sixty one percent said they learnt about CBD from friends and family, while

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Amazon

Amazon backs legalization, softens drug testing policies

By Jeff Smith, MJ BizDaily,    Retail giant Amazon has come out publicly that it supports legalization of cannabis at a federal level in the US.  This will have a significant impact on the legalization debate in the States as MJ BizDaily reported on 3 June 2021. U.S. cannabis industry and federal lawmakers take notice:

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Business

The Power of IP: Intellectual Property Becoming Key to Cannabis Industry Deals

By John Rebchook, MJBiz Canada   Intellectual property is playing an increasingly important role in cannabis industry acquisitions and other deals as businesses look to get a leg up on rivals by purchasing or investing in companies holding valuable patents, trade secrets, copyrights and trademarks, experts said. This comes as marijuana and hemp companies seek to

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Business

Cannabis Skills and Training: Rapid Growth Expected in 2021: Cheeba Cannabis Academy Open Day: Saturday 5 June

Cannabis legalization in South Africa has led to the rapid rise of a sector that would not have been imaginable a few years ago: specialist cannabis skills training. These are centred mostly around providing education and training in growing cannabis and understanding medicinal marijuana. At the forefront of developing cannabis industry education in South Africa

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Africa

Zimbabwe Offers New Guarantees and Incentives for Cannabis Investors; Establishes Green Industry Fund

Zimbabwe is offering international cannabis investors the option of owning 100% of their operations and the right to choose where in the country they would like to invest.  This is a major departure from the country’s existing foreign investment regime which requires significant local shareholding in any such venture. The Harare government has also approved

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SA Cannabis Reform: Nedlac Picks Up the Ball as Key Economic Players Embrace Cannabis

South Africa’s plans to legalize cannabis have taken a major step forward with the presentation of the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP) to the country’s major economic stakeholders.  The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, Rural Development (DALRRD) made the presentation to Land Affairs Nedlac’s Trade and Industry Chamber on Thursday 27 May 2021.   NCMP

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Dagga for Development: An international perspective on South Africa’s NCMP

By Oliver Bennett, Special Contributor to New Frontier Data   Representing the continent’s third-largest economy, South Africa  is the latest African nation to be making legislative inroads to legalizing cannabis. A draft of the country’s cannabis master plan has been revealed by its Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development (DALRRD) to transform the country’s cannabis policies. The master plan’s key objective is to get the Cannabis for Private Purposes

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Crime

Hawks Arrest Controversial Canapax Founder (Again); Finger Him As One of SA’s Major Illegal Cannabis Dealers

Controversial cannabis entrepreneur Russel de Beer is facing new charges of dealing after the police raided his Hartebeespoort Dam property.  The 49-year old founder of the controversial Canapax ‘traditional healers cannabis license’ scheme, was arrested on 25 May 2021 and made a brief appearance in the Brits Magistrate’s Court the next day.   Hawks say

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Business

Now Nutrihold Exports On Hold as Troubles Pile Up for JSE Group

Less than two weeks after confirming to investors that its export orders were proceeding, Nutrihold says they are not. The JSE-listed group made the dramatic announcement through Sens on 24 May 2021 saying all exports were on hold.   Dramatic about-turn as Covid affects supply lines Nutrihold said a fortnight ago export orders were unaffected by

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Business

SA Finance Minister calls for Full Legalization of Cannabis as a “Taxable Product”

South Africa’s Finance Minister Tito Mboweni has called for the full legalization of cannabis. He says cannabis should be a “legal, taxable product that generates money for the fiscus, creates jobs and brings illegal farmers into the economic mainstream. The Minister was in private conversation with Cannabiz Africa publisher Brett Hilton-Barber near Tzaneen in Limpopo,

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