CANNABIS POWER PLAYERS

Browse our selection of digital cannabis resources from around Africa!

Our Cannabis Power Players page highlights individual achievements and failures in the African Cannabis Industry.

JUNE 2021

Cannabis Trade Association Africa

Cannabis Trade Association Africa

South Africa
5/5

The CTAA is putting mounting pressure on government to do what it’s committed to doing: ensuring that the legalization of cannabis benefits the broader economy and uplifts the poor by creating more entrepreneurial space. The CTAA has already taken SAHPRA to court and is mobilizing CBD businesses behind it.

See new story: CTAA Mobilizes Support; Accuses SAHPRA of ‘Strangling’ the Fledgling SA CBD Market

It’s also written to President Ramaphosa, urging him to co-ordinate cannabis reform policy before it gets dragged down into the swamps of legal warfare. The CTAA is playing a pivotal role in trying to ensure that SA cannabis legalization does not just benefit those with “deep pockets”. Strength to your cause!

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Tito Mboweni

South African Finance Minister
5/5

South Africa’s Finance Minister clearly sees the potential in “dagga for development” and believes in complete legalization of the plant. “Let them smoke”, he says of the 3,5 million South Africans who regularly use cannabis. “Let them grow”, he says of the 900 000 illegal cannabis farmers in the country.  He just wants to pull them both into the tax net. Now with Nedlac (a forum Mboweni helped set up) considering the National Cannabis Master Plan, and legalization on the cards, the Minister is hoping to bring at least R4 billion into the fiscus once the legal and regulatory frameworks are in place. 

Moeketsi Majoro

Lesotho’s Prime Minister
5/5

Lesotho’s new Prime Minister has launched the world’s first Special Economic Development Zone (SEZ) centred around cannabisMajoro took six cabinet ministers with him to the Mafeteng SEZ to visit  Bophelo Health and Wellness which has ambitions of being the world’s biggest medical cannabis cultivation and processing facility. Majoro, who took office a year ago, has bold ambitions to make Lesotho the African centre of cannabis agri-processing. He’s offering foreign investors tax cuts and other benefits and believes the legal cannabis market in Lesotho could be the country’s biggest sectoral employer. 

MAY 2021

Lt Col Johan Smit

SAPS
2/5

The head of the Western Cape’s Narcotics Squad is so anti-cannabis that we debated whether he should be given any stars at all. However, he earned his two stars on two counts: in an affidavit regarding The Haze Club (THC) prosecution he put together a cogent case against the ‘grow club model’ based on the Constitutional Court ruling allowing adult-use cannabis consumption. The veteran cop of 32 years, also submitted photos showing cannabis plants growing in back gardens all over the Cape as proof that the police were not taking action against home-growers. He says the ‘law is the law’, and he has a point. Respect. So best cannabis is legalized completely ASAP and the police can withdraw from the scenario to fight real crime.

Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development

DALRRD

5/5

The Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development (DALRRD) has hit the accelerator by taking control of the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP) and says it will have a plan to put to SA’s key economic stakeholders, Nedlac, by the end of May 2021. DALRRD”s political head, Minister Thoko Didiza (see her power player profile here) says hemp licenses will be issued by October 2021.  Special credit to the guys driving the NCMP behind the scenes, namely Thabo Ramashala, who is emerging as SA’s ‘cannabis tzar’, responsible for getting stakeholder input before finalizing the NCMP.



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Power Players takes a slightly different view this week. Our top two players this week are the South African ministers who are the biggest obstacles to their own government’s cannabis reform initiative.

Cannabiz Africa believes the following two accused should be in the dock instead of the scores of ordinary South Africans arrested for trying to make a living out of a plant that provides a service to society. 

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Myrtle Clarke

Fields Of Green For All
5/5

Fields of Green For All (FGFA) co-founder, Myrtle Clarke is still out on bail despite the fact that her court case was a trigger for South African cannabis reform. She deserves to be in the prosecutor’s seat instead of the dock. We can’t put it better than she herself did at the launch of the FGFA Manifesto on 20 April 2021: “Mr Lamola, we reject your Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill entirely. Every word of it. How can you assign an advocate who was on the opposing side of the  courtroom in the Western Cape High Court Application (to legalize cannabis) to oversee the legislation? You got a prohibitionist to write the bill! That’s what you did Mr Lamola. Mr Cele and Mr Lamola, we will fight your ignorance, your lack of cognizance of the law, your bullying and disregard for our human rights every single day ”

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Ronald Lamola

SA Minister of Justice
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What doesn’t this guy get? South Africa’s Justice Minister has displayed a dazzling combo of stupidity, ignorance and/or cynicism in getting a prohibitionist to draft the country’s new cannabis laws. It’s been revealed that the architect of the draft Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill appointed by Lamola was actually on the opposing bench that lost the Consititutional Court debate about the criminality of cannabis. As every lawyer in town has pointed out, free of charge, the Bill will never become law because it is riddled with more contradictions than the ANC’s approach to integrity. Comrade Lamola! Please listen to the people, tear up the existing draft and come up with something more evidence-based than the mockery of this dog breakfast’s bill.

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Bheki Cele

SA Minister of Police
0/5

The Cat in the Hat thinks cannabis is a gateway drug. Only problem is that he doesn’t understand that the gateway is an economic one that should be opened for the benefit of all South Africans. It’s his own government’s policy after all, and the NCMP envisages the decriminalization of cannabis and a contributor to the post-Covid economy. But instead of making a positive contribution to the debate, Cele is hell-bent on being a prohibitionist. It appears he’s hard of hearing unless the conversation happens to be around kick-backs on lucrative government property lease deals that could work in his favour.

APRIL 2021

MG Health CEO

Andre Bothma

Lesotho
5/5

The CEO of MG Health has graduated from the proverbial ‘Lesotho cannabis university of hard knocks’; he’s done the hard yards with Lesotho’s licensing fiasco, labour confrontations, shareholder shuffles, and Canadian investor expectations all the while trying to launch a world class cannabis facility in the midst of Covid-19 and come in at a production cost of under US$1/gram. Well, well done, Mr Bothma, your graduation certificate has come in the form of an EU stamp of approval for MG Health’s Lesotho facility  from the government of Upper Bavaria (no slouches when it comes to rules). Now he has a German platform into Europe for the range of medical cannabis products that MG has in the pipeline. More than smiles all round, AB, we feel the thrill!

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The Marijuana Board of South Africa

The Marijuana Board of South Africa

South Africa
4/5

MBOSA says Africa must claim its own cannabis heritage. In its reaction to the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP) it’s put heavy emphasis on cannabis being firmly part of SA’s indigenous knowledge framework and that reform should benefit existing cannabis growers. For good measure it’s reminded us of the untold parts of South African history such as the 1956 ‘Bergville Dagga War’, which ultimately resulted in the hanging of 22 Zulu warriors who’d murdered five police officers while defending their cannabis fields. The irony is they were hanged in 1957 on 21 March, what is widely celebrated in SA now as Human Rights Day. MBOSA has called for the commemoration of these warriors – government should pay heed that voice! And to the fact that its crooked police minister Bheki Cele and his uniformed thugs as being the biggest obstacle to cannabis reform in SA. Speak truth to power!

Tanya Clarke

Malawi
5/5

Invegrow founder Tanya Clarke  had a vision way back when, as to how hemp could transform Malawi’s economy. She persuaded a resistant government to begin hemp trials in 2012 with a view to reducing the country’s dependence on raw tobacco exports and replacing them with finished hemp products. Thanks to her persistence Malawi has moved into pole position as Africa’s hemp pioneer, 86 licenses have been issued, clear guidelines are in place, seed is available and there’s an urgency to get the first harvests this year. Full marks for your vision and persistence, our sister, and may that put a few well-deserved kwacha into your bank account.

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Gareth Prince

South Africa
4/5

The veteran South African legal cannabis activist did not spare his words at the NCMP stakeholder workshop on 30 March 2021.  In a succinct and elequant input into the proceedings he pulled the NCMP to pieces as a “top-down driven” effort that locked out public participation and alienated the existing cannabis industry. He accused the government of trying to imitate foreign cannabis models whereas Africa is a world leader in this respect and we should be forging our own frameworks. Prince, who’s had more than his fair share of putting up with the bullshit of anti-cannabis officialdom in trying to practice as a laywer, also hit the nail on the head: with no legal local adult-use market, SA’s cannabis reform is going to turn into blunder city.  And by the way, he said, if government is serious about reform there should be an immediate halt to cannabis-related arrests.

See NCMP # 1 Problem: No vision for the local market

Thoko Didiza

Thoko Didiza

South Africa
2.5/5

South Africa’s Minister for Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development is now effectively in charge of the National Cannabis Master Plan (NCMP). While there could be several worse choices, she’s not exactly confidence-inspiring – remember in 2016 when the ANC tried to make her mayor of Tshwane it was forced to backtrack after the news triggered riots that left five people dead. While her department has been hard at work liaising with stakeholders and trying to put together a viable economic cannabis framework, she’s not really in the game. Her hands are full with the current chairmanship of the African Union, the heat about land reform in SA and the factionalism in the ANC. Yes, she’s paid lip-service to the potential of cannabis but clearly she’s clueless and has a lot else on her plate But hey, we’re hoping there are enough competent officials in DALRRD who’ll drive the NCMP forward despite Didiza’s distractions.

See NCMP stories here

MARCH 2021

Pierre van der Hoeven & Cliff Giesenow

South Africa
4/5

The co-founders of SilverLeaf Investments are offering the smaller investor a shot at the upcoming African cannabis boom. R50k gets you in the door. What’s more is that they are departing from the traditional investment model (raising cash for export cultivation) and are targeting opportunities higher up the cannabis value chain. The boys are thinking big: they want to raise R500 to pump into the cannabis industry and a possible AltX listing on the JSE. Go for it! Check out the Cheeba Craft Cannabis Summit News for van der Hoeven’s Top 10 tips for marketing a cannabis business.

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MP John Kairie

Kenya
4/5

Outspoken Kenyan MP John Kairie says his government is a bunch of cowards for not legalizing cannabis. He says the Nairobi government ‘s fear of recreational marijuana, or ‘bhang’, is blinding it to the opportunities of hemp. Kairie is one of a growing chorus of prominent Kenyans calling for the legalization of cannabis for the benefit of small-scale farmers and the taxman.  Right on. Kenya should get some bucks for its ‘bhang’ and join other African countries in legalizing medicinal cannabis.

SEE STORY HERE

Tito Mboweni 2021 budget speech

Tito Mboweni

South Africa
2/5

The Gauteng Premier has identified cannabis as an economic driver for the province, but that’s errr….exactly what he said a year ago and nothing’s really happened since then. We like his thinking that Gauteng could be  the industrial cannabis hub of South Africa, but there’ll need to be a lot more action and less fancy talk. The Western Cape is way ahead of Gauteng in cannabis investment and job creation and that can’t be blamed on politics. But, Mr Premier, you could be onto something: Gauteng could be the industrial cannabis hub of all of Africa if you just had to give investors juicy incentives like tax breaks and labour law relaxation.

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Jon-Paul Doran

Zimbabwe/UK
5/5

The founder of JP Capital and Eco Equity is emerging as one of Africa’s most ambitious cannabis entrepreneurs.  He’s turned Brexit to his advantage with a pan-European strategy linked to a major GMP-certified Zimbabwe grow-op. Doran’s got a foothold into Europe through a JV with Spanish group Verdex, he’s picked up two niche UK CBD companies and is planning on launching a consumer range Eco701 in the UK and Europe later this year.  He’s got the right plan in place, a strong balance sheet behind him and his timing appears spot on. We say to him, as we say to all other African entrepreneurs with global dreams: use the green to go for gold.

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David Makhuru

South Africa
3/5

The Gauteng Premier has identified cannabis as an economic driver for the province, but that’s errr….exactly what he said a year ago and nothing’s really happened since then. We like his thinking that Gauteng could be  the industrial cannabis hub of South Africa, but there’ll need to be a lot more action and less fancy talk. The Western Cape is way ahead of Gauteng in cannabis investment and job creation and that can’t be blamed on politics. But, Mr Premier, you could be onto something: Gauteng could be the industrial cannabis hub of all of Africa if you just had to give investors juicy incentives like tax breaks and labour law relaxation.

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FEBRUARY 2021

Linda Sibota & Trenton Birch

South Africa
5/5

Co-founders of Cheeba Africa, Sibota and Birch spotted the skills gap in the coming cannabis boom and have done something about it. The two have launched Africa’s first cannabis campus, the Cheeba Cannabis Academy. Students will legally grow cannabis on campus and be able to join the university’s private cannabis club, Onder die Boom, when the Vaal Triangle facility opens its doors in March.

Read all Cheeba Africa related stories here

JANUARY 2021

Dr Miri Halperin Wernli; Creso Group

Dr Miri Halperin Wernli

Australia
4.5/5

The dynamic doctor’s Creso Group has pulled off a good deal selling lozenges made in Australia with Canadian cannabis to an Indian multinational’s South African subsidiary to market in Africa. Lozenges may be more palatable than other cannabis edibles, but it’s not so palatable that South African cannabis producers cannot yet legally supply South African CBD processors or distributors. That’s not Dr Wernli’s problem, though. South Africa is but one step in this Australian superwoman’s ambitions to put Australian cannabis lozenges on the global map, and we can suck on that!

Johann Rupert Cannabis Investment

Johann Rupert

South Africa
4/5

Johann Rupert knows a thing or two about making money from so-called ‘sin products’. His investment company Remgro has significant interests in tobacco and alcohol as well as healthcare and luxury goods. The fact that he’s now got skin in the cannabis game is a signal to corporate South Africa that it’s time to take the cannabis market seriously. Not that Rupert gives a damn as to what others think: he once told Bloomberg News that being a retired banker was the same as being a reformed prostitute. Rupert’s quietly picked up a significant minority share in Rethink CBD business through Distell and his venture capital
company Invenfin. The trend is his friend so my bet’s on a Rethink CBD beverage hitting the stores before the year is out.

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Chris Hart

South Africa
4/5

The controversial former Standard Bank senior economist has taken cannabis investment to a new level by offering investors sweet tax breaks at the same time as championing community-driven projects. He is chairman of Impact Investment Africa which is backing an organic cannabis grow op near Richards Bay; Hart may have been hounded out of his old corporate job for political incorrectness but one could say his heart is in the right place in trying to find a business model for the cannabis industry that works for both capitalist investors and community growers.

See Smart Tax Breaks for Investors in KZN Grow OP

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Governor Rotimi Akeredolu

Nigeria
5/5

The head of Nigeria’s Ondo State knows about cannabis. It’s a hotbed of illegal cultivation and consumes more cannabis per adult than almost any other place in the world. For years he’s been campaigning to get the Federal Government to recognize its economic and health benefits and to legalize cultivation, declaring: “We know how to grow it and it thrives well in the Sunshine State. How to grow cannabis is never a problem in Ondo State.” Now the Governor’s done with talking and is sponsoring a supreme court bid to force Nigeria to legalize medicinal cannabis for cultivation and for a local CBD market to be developed.  If he gets his way, it will open up Africa’s largest cannabis market with an estimated value of over US$3 billion a year – watch the corporate stampede to Abuja when that happens!

See Governor throws his weight behind Nigerian legal supreme court challenge

Professor Raphael Mechoulam

Prof Raphael Mechoulam

Israel
5/5

We’re betting that the Godfather of Medical Marijuana is on his way to next year’s Nobel Prize.That’s because the Professor from the Hebrew University in Jerusalem has just scooped the prestigious international 2020 Harvey Prize in Chemical Engineering and Medical Sciences in recognition of his years of pioneering work. The 90-year-old was the first scientist to isolate plant cannabinoids, first THC and CBD and went on to discover the human endocannabinoid system, He says he got his first research samples of cannabis from the police in 1963 and since then he’s never looked back: “I always went to the ministry of health, they gave me a letter to the police, went to the police and drank some coffee with them, took the hashish I needed and that was it.”

Nana Kwaku Agwemang

Nana Kwaku Agwemang

Ghana
5/5

Ghana’s ‘Hemperor’ finally got his government to legalize hemp production in 2020. Now he’s throwing his organization’s support behind Nigerian activists challenging their country’s drug laws in court. (Read Story). Agwemang knows how hard it is to persuade government to get to grips with reality. When he tried to register the Hemp Association of Ghana he was told the word ‘hemp’ was illegal as well as the plant and therefore couldn’t! He successfully persevered and his “Hempire” has come of age. Hemp and medical cannabis cultivation (no high-THC strains, mind you) is now legal in the West African country. 

DECEMBER 2020

Saara Kuugongelwa

Saara Kuugongelwa

Namibia
2/5

Namibia’s prime minister will be chairing the country’s inter-ministerial task team to investigate cannabis reform.  The UN vote decriminalizing CBD has added the impetus to relook at Namibia’s old drug laws. Great that she’s taking personal control of the process; not so great that she’s not keen on getting public input – her government could create more problems than solutions if incoherent laws are drafted that don’t take into account the views of Namibia’s citizens. Read story here.

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Alhassan Ado Doguwa

Nigeria
0/5

The Chief Whip in the Nigerian Assembly belongs to a bygone age. He’s trying to push through harsher sentences for cannabis offenders, including mandatory jail terms to prevent the vulnerable youth from falling prey to the dangers of ‘Indian hemp’.  Doguwa should wake up to the reality that Nigeria is already a top consuming and exporting cannabis nation and harness that energy for the good of the nation. He’s standing in the way of billions of dollars of potential legal revenue for his government. He should rather retire to his compound in Kano Province where he can share his medieval views with his four wives and 27 children.

Dr Ganja

Thailand
4/5

Thailand has launched cuddly toy Dr Ganja to help educate people on the benefits of medicinal cannabis. Thailand is the first south-east Asian country to legalize medicinal cannabis, but harsh penalties remain for recreational users. The country hopes to encourage medicinal marijuana tourism and is starting with a campaign to destigmatize local perceptions of cannabis. Dr Ganja has been designed to do exactly that and will be teaching Thai’s about their country’s rich medicinal cannabis heritage.

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Dr Zorodzai Maroveke

Zimbabwe
5/5

Perseverance has paid off for 28-year old Dr Zorodzai Maroveke of the Zimbabwe Industrial Hemp Trust. Her knuckles have been worn down from knocking on so many doors to try and get government officials in Harare to see the potential for hemp. But those doors finally opened and the enthusiastic hemp campaigner finally got recognition for her efforts. Not only did Harare give her a hemp research license, but she was also given Central Harare Prison as a secure research facility. I’m sure these developments have sparked some interest amongst the inmates!

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Brian van Rooyen

South Africa
3.5/5

Labat’s CEO has kept expansion plans on track during Covid-19, persuaded new investors to fork out R50 m with which he’s buying an Eastern Cape licensed operation and rolling out the CannAfrica CBD retail concept; he’s keeping steady nerves while investors keep their equity options open until August next year.

Jerry Mathews Matjila

Jerry Mathews Matjila

South Africa
5/5

Our man at the United Nations threw the country’s weight behind cannabis reform at the historic 2 December vote. SA was one of the few nations that supported all five WHO recommendations to begin creating a new international regulatory framework for cannabis. Ultimately, we got what we wanted with medical marijuana being accepted, but had South Africa and Morocco not broken ranks with other African countries, the motion would have failed. Matjila has sent out a clear signal that SA is part of a progressive global wave of reregulating cannabis and that will instill investor confidence.

Yochanan Danino

Israel
4/5

Israel’s former police commissioner has emerged as major player in the international legal cannabis industry. He’s chairman of Together Pharma which moved very smartly into dominating Uganda’s fledgling cannabis export industry ahead of the competition. During his tenure as top cop between 2011 and 2015 he championed legalizing recreational marijuana in Israel. Thanks in part to his efforts this is likely to occur during 2021. He’s now sewing up international deals to move Ugandan bud.

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King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo

South Africa
2/5

The AbaThembu traditional regent is a wild card from the Wild Coast.  He’s not shy to speak his mind,  recently calling the ANC ‘the devil’s fart’. He’s always fighting with his family, has done jail time for attempted murder and kidnapping, and most recently was arrested after a domestic dispute involving an axe at one of the AbaThembu royal residences! With all that aggro, you wouldn’t think he’s a committed cannabis smoker. How committed? He once said he would only give up ‘dagga’ if former president Jacob Zuma gave up corruption! Not gonna happen!  Now he’s urging Transkei cannabis farmers to  proudly plant South African: “We want to use only seeds from AbaThembu, from AmaMpondo and from the Gcalekas. We don’t want our cannabis to be replaced by one from Jamaica or Japan.”

See E Cape supports 600 cannabis farmers

 

EU parliamentarian, Miriam Dalli

Miriam Dalli

Malta
5/5

The fiery socialist MP from Malta has been at the forefront of CBD reform in Europe to ensure CBD products can flow freely through EU member states. A tireless campaigner for mental health issues, the former TV presenter is making it her job that medical marijuana is easily available and affordable for the average consumer.

NOVEMBER 2020

Felbridge Medical Cannabis

Felbridge Farm: The Zettlers

South Africa
5/5

Stellenbosch-based Felbridge Farms has made history by being the first South African company to legally export cannabis.  On July 31 2020, Felbridge shipped an undisclosed amount of dry cannabis bud out of Cape Town International Airport to Geneva-based Puregene for processing. The value of the consignment has not been made public.

“Our vision for Felbridge as a leading provider of cannabis and hemp starter materials is becoming more evident. Breeders, cultivators and distributors require high quality, clean and reliable starter materials which are disease and pest free and our membership with SANSOR provides an excellent platform on which to establish Felbridge as a cannabis and hemp seed producer for export into international markets.
 

Motlatsi Maqelepo

Lesotho
4/5

New Lesotho Minister of Health who’s promised to clean up the corruption in issuing licenses in Lesotho; his first surprise in assuming office was to find that two different government departments were issuing licenses with contradictory conditions and that most of the 140 licenses issued aren’t worth the paper they’re photocopied on.

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Boniface Kadzamira

Malawi
4/5

He’s the bonny, new face of the Malawian cannabis scene, and believe me he’s worked for it. The chairman of the Central Regulatory Authority introduced the notion of legalizing cannabis back in 2014 when he was a member of parliament: “When I was starting this issue people thought I was crazy. They called me names. That first day the national assembly laughed at me; they booed at me. But I was determined because I had the facts on my fingertips.” The main fact that got everybody listening is that Malawi’s tobacco revenue is plummeting and Kadzamira believes hemp is a sustainable substitute

Hlumelo Biko

South Africa
2/5

The son of Black Consciousness founder Steve Biko and Dr World Bank director Mamphele Ramphele has got big shoes to fill. He may just do that with a shrewd move into the African cannabis space by launching his own investment fund, the AfriCan Growth Fund. But the venture capitalist has something of a checkered reputation – he’s got bad press in the past two years with creditors accusing him of acting in bad faith and a domestic violence charge laid against him. Best he clean up his act if he’s going to make a fresh go of it.

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Mike Tyson

United States
3/5

Iron Mike fought his first fight in 15 years last weekend, stoned as a coot but right on form. The 54 year old went 8 rounds with 51-year old Ray Jones Jr in a televised exhibition bout. Although there were no knock-out blow and it was declared a draw, USA Today put him ahead 78-74 on points. Tyson said he smoked before and after the bout. In fact he smokes all the time: “Listen, I can’t stop smoking, I smoked during fights. I just have to smoke, I’m sorry. I’m a smoker. … I smoke every day. It’s just who I am. It has no effect on me from a negative standpoint. It’s just what I do and how I am and how I’m going to die. There’s no explanation. There’s no beginning; there’s no end”. 

Silas Howarth

South Africa
2.5/5

The Cannabis Vexpo features a virtual convention, including live workshops and panel discussions, as well as an innovative exhibitor showpiece and networking platform. With free attendance for general visitors, The Cannabis Vexpo is set to be the largest virtual cannabis expo in the world, with an expected 10,000+ visitors.

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Herschel Maasdorp

South Africa
4/5

The CEO of Cannafrica’s a firm believer in the benefits of CBD. Well he’d better be. He’s in charge of the roll-out of Cannafrica’s 25 South African stores in the next year. If he’s suffering from stress or anxiety he can pop into any of his new stores to seek relief.  We think he’s right that Covid-19 pandemic has increased awareness of the benefits of CBD, but the million-dollar question is how much spend is there in the battered consumer market?

OCTOBER 2020

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Louisa Mojela

South Africa
5/5

While everyone was complaining about a lack of cigarettes during lockdown, this veteran Wiphold investor flipped her Lesotho company into Canadian listed group Halo Labs for a good R70 m, took over Halo’s chairmanship and with that muscle power plans to build the world’s biggest cannabis farm in Lesotho.

Dr. Chitalu Chilufya

Dr. Chitalu Chilufya

Zambia
0/5

Zambia’s Health Minister didn’t want cannabis cultivation to be legalized, but when it was he seized control of licensing from the Agriculture Minister, and now he’s introduced the most expensive cannabis permits in the world and effectively stymied Zambia’s cannabis aspirations. Maybe that’s what he wanted all along.