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  • Portugal Cannabis Revolution May Blow Africa's Export Aspirations Out the Water

    South Africa's new Country Investment Strategy (CIS) has identified the export of high quality medical cannabis as the driver of what it calls Strategic Investment Frontier Number Four. Oh dear. Mistake Number One before we've even got to the Fourth Frontier. The first driver of cannabis reform should be the opening up of the commercial trade of cannabis and related products in the domestic market. The private sector has pointed the obvious economic logic of this to the Government time and time and time again: a succesful export industry is best built on a thriving local market that enables the development of new products and brands that can be incubated before exposed to the world stage. It takes time to develop an international reputation. Three years ago, South Africa - and the rest of the continent, may have been in the running for being a player in the European medical cannabis market. Just like we had the potential to be a world leader in hemp 25 years ago. But Government aversion to reality and policy paralysis has let those opportunities slip by. Today the situation is radically different. Legalization of medical cannabis in Europe is unfolding far more rapidly than the industry anticipated. With the prospect of Germany introducing adult-use consumption within the next two years and medicinal cannabis patient numbers climbing through the roof, the foundation for a multi-billion dollar high quality, high-THC cannabis is being laid in Europe. That should be good news for Africa. But in the dynamic world of canna-geopolitics, we are once again in danger of being marginalized. Portugal has literally pipped us to the post. Two recent comments from global industry leaders have cast a shadow over South Africa's cannabis strategy, and the unfortunate Akanda boardroom blow-out has tarnished Africa's reputation as a place where one can do business. These comments point to Portugal's rising prominence in global cannabis. Akanda's CEO, Tej Virk, rightfully miffed at the twilight actions of former executive chair Louise Mojela, and looking to secure a foothold in the German market, said the Nasdaq-listed multinational was committed to its Lesotho investment. But he said, it made more sense to service the European market from the group's Portuguese subsididiary, Holigen, rather than Africa. "With Holigen, Akanda believes it has more than sufficient capacity to produce premium quality indoor, outdoor and greenhouse medical cannabis within the European Union as the market matures. Additionally, with shifting market dynamics, we have found higher demand from German and UK customers for product produced in Portugal than Lesotho due to evolving EU regulations”. Prohibition Partners' founder Stephen Murphy told Canna Reporter on 14 August 2022: , “There is enough cannabis being grown in Portugal that it could supply all of Europe. There is already oversupply in Portugal” So where does this leave southern Africa? A bit on the margins, as usual. What our cannabis policy commissars should be doing with serious urgency is to relook at their assumptions underlying cannabis reform. The country's cannabis economy will be dead in the water if it is based only on exports, and by neglecting the local market, Government continues to criminalize the very people it professes to want to help. And besides that, there's an underlying hypocrisy at stake. What is it about Africa that it wants to export the benefits of a natural resource without allowing Africans the same benefit? Why is high-THC cannabis good for Europe and not for us? South Africa should be leading the way in showing the rest of the continent how we can use the power of the plant to transform the lives of millions of people, particularly in rural areas. However, until such time as the Government accepts the reality of the existing illegal cannabis economy and puts in place a firm plan to bring it into the mainstream, it risks igniting the laws of unintended consequences and the prospect of a lose-lose situation. Cannabis is emerging as the new colonialism in the African vacuum. It exposes our policy makers as being cut-and-paste puppets who are quick to satisfy the needs of big business at the expense of our people. We should stop looking to Europe as our salvation and be bold enough to believe in ourselves. Full adult-use legalization is the only solution. All the evidence is available to craft a new cannabis law that allows for the commercial trade in cannabis and related products with all the harms-reduction measures in place. And as a matter of urgency, cannabis-related arrests must stop!

  • Blom Basics: Week 6 & 7

    Vegetative stage – Soil mix and nutrients The teething problems we’ve experienced with our #seedling has (luckily) come to an end. Our #BlueDream plant is now growing rapidly and showing no signs of any issues that might hold her back. We’ve decided to transplant into more nutrient rich soil, as the plant requires feeding, especially nitrogen in its vegetative stage. The #plant will now develop most of the foliage and a strong root system. A good soil mix is important at this stage. The benefits of #organic soil are staggering. We recommend the following components for an optimum greenhouse mix: Coco coir Bagged soil (preferably organic compost) Vermiculite Perlite Bat guano Kelp meal Bone meal Dolomite Lime Mycorrhizae supplement The combination of the above and specific amounts is up to you. The internet and various grow guides will help with this process, but we recommend #experimenting with different mixes and combinations that are specific to your style of growing and your personal environment. Get to know your #ingredients and their benefits and then figure out what your plant needs during vegetative and flower stage. Currently during veg, the feeding should be high nitrogen, low phosphorus, and moderate potassium: for example, 9-4-5. The alternative is to buy a #premixed craft #soil, but these are expensive, especially if you grow quite a few plants at a time. Craft soils have all the macro and micronutrients needed for your plants growth, and are a good start for any beginner, if cost is of no concern. Read All the Blom Grow Diary Entries In Our #HomeGrow Section #homegrom #cannabis #weed #marijuana #hemp #bluedream #growguides #week6and7 #cannabizafrica

  • Blom Basics: Week 4 & 5

    Seedling Stage – Patiently waiting… As we have mentioned last week, we’ve picked up some #problems with our seedling. Even though this may have put us behind on our expected grow cycle for about a week or two, luckily we’ve managed to save our plant. “Stretching” seemed to be the main issue here. #Transplanting and keeping an eye on the seedling’s light cycle helped a bit, but we took some drastic measures by gently “super cropping” the plant. This is a high stress training technique where the plant is stressed in a strategic way by crushing the stems. This boosts growth in your plant, and helps you train it effectively. This is not recommended in seedling stage, but desperate times, as they say. We gently pressed the stem of the seedling, applying only enough pressure not to break the plant. After a few days we noticed our seedling developed healthier growth. Short internodes and compact, green foliage are all signs that seedlings are growing perfectly. For now, we wait. Checking in daily is extremely important. There will be signs that indicate if your plant is happy and healthy or needs intervention. During #vegetative stage and especially after our plants experienced a lot of stress, we like to play them some music. #Plants thrive when they listen to music that sits between #115Hz and 250Hz, as the vibrations emulate similar sounds in nature. This promotes faster, healthier growth (although more concrete studies on cannabis are needed). The trick is to find the right #music your plants respond to. According to #science, Classical music and Jazz seems to be the main choice for ultimate plant stimulation. Plants only like to be exposed to music for 1 to 3 hours per day. This is one of BLOM’s favorite playlists: Cheek to Cheek – Ella Fitzgerald and Louis Armstrong At Last – Etta James I Put a Spell on You – Nina Simone I Can’t Write Left Handed – Bill Withers Crazy – Patsy Cline Sittin on the Dock of the Bay – Otis Redding Take Yo’Praise – Camille Yarbrough Into the Mystic – Van Morisson Let’s Stay Together – Al Green Back in Black – Amy Winehouse

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  • All Breaking Cannabis Industry News

    Lesotho Should Review Its Cannabis Laws: ‘No Place for Small Business’ 23 May 2024 Lesotho was the first African country to legalize medical cannabis for export purposes. However, recent research says Lesotho’s cannabis laws have proved very challenging, have not been applied objectively and have been at the expense of small, medium and micro-enterprises. Read Article Amnesty International Condemns Nigeria’s Intention to Punish Drug Traffickers with the Death Penalty. 23 May 2024 Amnesty International and human rights activists in Nigeria are criticizing a new bid put forward by Nigerian lawmakers to punish drug trafficking with the death penalty. The move has divided the country’s lawmakers in Abuja, many of whom support the measure as part of the “War Against Drugs”. Read Article The Phakisa 'Non-Action' Cannabis Plan! The Presidency’s Bold Initiative Appears to Have Fizzled Out 23 May 2024 Almost a year ago the Presidency, with much fanfare, announced the revitalization of cannabis reform through it’s the Phakisa Cannabis and Hemp Action Lab. It held five days of intense consultation with over 100 private sector and community stakeholders to get their input. Then, suddenly, nothing happened. Read Article Dagga Party’s Jeremy Acton Urges President Ramaphosa Not to Sign ‘Constitutionally Flawed’ Cannabis Bill Into Law 23 May 2024 With less than a week to go before the end of the 6th SA government administration there is still no clarity as to whether the President will sign the controversial Cannabis for Private Purposes Act into law - or whether it goes back to the drawing board for the new administration to start from scratch. Dagga Party founder Jeremy Acton argues that the President should not sign the Act into law as it is constitutionally flawed and is seeking public support for his petition. Read Article Mealie Farmers: “The Cannabis Thing – We Are Watching With Interest’: Biggest Challenge is the Legal Framework” 20 May 2024 Cannabis is finally on the radar of South Africa’s grain farming industry, but not to feed the recreational or medical markets. Budding potential for grain farmers could come in the form of cannabis oil, but it’s early days yet and the policy framework remains shrouded in a purple haze. Read Article Pres Biden’s “Momentous” Announcement on Rescheduling Cannabis is the ‘Biggest Shift’ in 50 Years of US Cannabis Policy 18 May 2024 On Thursday, 16 May 2024, US President Joe Biden announced that the US Justice Department is moving cannabis from Schedule I to Schedule III. He said he is committed to “righting the wrongs” of prohibition, though the reclassification doesn’t help those currently in jail on cannabis offences. Read Article King Kong’s First Cannabis Facility Nearing Completion in Rwanda 16 May 2024 The construction of Rwanda's first cannabis facility in Musanze is set to be completed by the end of May 2024, according to license holders KKOG. Read Article IFP the Only Party Punting Cannabis in its Election Manifesto, ANC "Missing in Action" 16 May 2024 Cannabis does not feature in the election manifestos of any of the major political parties contesting the 29 May 2024 South African general elections – except for that of the Inkatha Freedom Party. Read Article Cannabis Stakeholder's Plan Action as Thailand’s Cannabis U Turn Threatens Thousands of Businesses 16 May 2024 Thailand’s move to reclassify cannabis as a narcotic threatens to trigger street protests and class-action suits by owners of thousands of dispensaries which sprung across the country in the wake of decriminalisation two years ago. Read Article Cannabis Brand-Building: The Consumer is Your Mirror 11 May 2024 As South Africa moves towards legalizing cannabis for adult-use, there will be an explosion of new retail brands vying for a share of the lucrative post-prohibition market. This is how to ensure your brand meets the mark in what will be a rapidly-evolving consumer landscape. Read Article Nigerian Senate Wants Death Penalty for Drug Traffickers As It Tries To Cope With A Growing Substance Abuse Crisis 11 May 2024 Nigeria has in recent years gone from being a transit point for illegal drugs to a full-blown producer, consumer and distributor. Now the authorities are upping the stakes with the country’s Senate proposing the death penalty as part of their arsenal in the West African 'War Against Drugs'. Read Article Time Fast Running Out For Pres Ramaphosa to Sign. Cannabis Bill into Law Before May 29 Elections. 9 May 2024 The Cannabis Bill is one of 27 pieces of legislation sitting in President Cyril Ramaphosa’s in-tray at the Union Buildings. He has less than a month to sign them into law before he makes way for the post-election administration. Read Article Explore More EXPLORE THE CENTRAL HUB FOR CRUCIAL INSIGHTS INTO ALL NEWS -CANNABIS News covering everything from South African & International breaking news, to legal reform and advocacy, marketplace changes, cannabis industry analysis, health & wellness & much more! SCROLL DOWN FOR MORE Home African News South African News International News All News Marketplace Business News More Hydrobiz We've Helped do this, let us help you! 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  • Lesotho Should Review Its Cannabis Laws: ‘No Place for Small Business’

    Previous Next Lesotho Should Review Its Cannabis Laws: ‘No Place for Small Business’ Home African News South African News International News All News Marketplace Business News More Cannabiz Africa 23 May 2024 at 12:00:00 Lesotho was the first African country to legalize medical cannabis for export purposes. However, recent research says Lesotho’s cannabis laws have proved very challenging, have not been applied objectively and have been at the expense of small, medium and micro-enterprises. This study was published in the Journal of Cannabis Research on 9 May 2024. READ THE FULL STUDY HERE. Lesotho has not only lost its first mover advantage in the African cannabis market. It has now emerged that the implementation of the law “ has proved very challenging, with long timeframes for finalising regulatory frameworks and not being applied objectively”. These are the results of a study entitled 'Envisaging challenges for the emerging medicinal cannabis sector in Lesotho' conducted by Regina M. Thetsane . Published in the Journal of Cannabis Research on 16 May 2024, Thetsane also found that “the industry does not provide opportunities for Small, Medium and Micro Enterprises (SMMEs) to venture into the cannabis business.” Her conclusion is that “the cannabis sector appears to be faced with many challenges emanating from the implementation and enforcement of cannabis laws. The Lesotho Government should review its cannabis laws and regulations with a view to benefiting SMMEs and legalising Cannabis production so as to serve both the domestic and international markets”. Currently, according to Thetsane, there is only one cannabis company in Lesotho exporting medical product and that competition has become intense. “For instance, on the African continent, Lesotho, Uganda, Malawi, Rwanda, Eswatini, Zimbabwe, Morocco and South Africa have already legalised the medicinal cannabis. Such a series of legal frameworks in the cannabis industry by the African countries may lead to a stiff competition among the cannabis companies and across the African countries. "A high competition may also threaten and push SMMEs Cannabis out of the emerging legal cannabis industry”. Her research also found that the start-up costs involved in the medical cannabis industry were prohibitive. “In many African countries, the expenses incurred include acquiring a licence fee for Cannabis production. The case in point is Lesotho where a licence fee for Cannabis production is approximately $350 000. In South Africa and Malawi, the production licence fee is approximately $1,465 and $10,000 respectively. In addition to the licence fee, setting up a medicinal Cannabis facility in South Africa, which cannot be afforded by many SMME Cannabis growers is estimated at $182,000 to $304 000.” She wrote: “Inconsistencies in implementing and complying with the cannabis laws and regulations by the Government Ministry of Health employees have also been noted. Issuing people with medicinal cannabis licences has been done without any follow up on their use on the ground. “At the time of study, Lesotho had thirty-three cannabis companies, eight (8) of which were legally registered, and only one (1) had been granted Good Manufacturing Practices (GMP) certification. This could indicate that cannabis companies in Lesotho do not fully comply with the laws and regulations of the sector, resulting in only one cannabis company being able to export Cannabis to EU markets. She also urged the country to introduce cannabis skills development programmes to meet the needs of the new, yet struggling industry. # ​ Sponsored by

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