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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 International Cannabis News

    Activist Kurt Yeo Tells COP10 That SA Hypocritical In Its Approach to Vaping And Cannabis 24/02/17, 05:00 Vaping was a controversial topic at the recent COP10 Summit in Panama where the WHO is grappling with how to regulate a new generation of nicotine and tobacco delivering products. Read More Israel’s Biggest Cannabis Site Still Occupied by Army; Intercure Hopes to Get Compensation for 7 October Attacks 24/02/15, 06:45 Intercure says it has limited access to its facility at Kibbutz Nir Oz, but it has begun a process of restoring the site and is confident it will receive government compensation for losses incurred in last year’s Hamas attack. Read More Europe is Poised To Redraw the Legal Cannabis Map This Year: Here’s What The Power Players Say 24/02/01, 12:00 2023 was a year in which Germany, the European Union’s most populous country which has (in various forms) promised to legalise adult-use cannabis, continued to take the air out of the room and dictate much of the discourse around European cannabis. Read More Australia Is The Fastest Growing Medical Cannabis Market in the World 24/01/27, 06:00 Prohibition Partners report that Australia is rapidly evolving as a medical cannabis market as authorities have got a grip on the plant’s potential and are positioning themselves to take advantage of international regulatory change. Read More How Cannabis Retailers Can Alleviate Pressure from the Illicit Marketplace 24/01/26, 08:00 Don't slash prices or be concerned about competing on THC content, rather focus on the consumer experience Read More Despite Years of Campaigning Against Cannabis, the Plant May Be the Key to Securing a Biden Win in the Upcoming US Presidential Elections 24/01/26, 07:00 Irony abounds. A recent US poll found positive impressions of President Joe Biden improve by double-digits if he reschedules cannabis. This will force a change in his attitude to cannabis, which to date has been prohibitive. Read More Photo Essay: The Mexican Nuns Seizing Cannabis Back From The Cartels 24/01/21, 12:00 Mexico legalized the recreational and medicinal use of cannabis in 2021, partly to try and take it out of the hands of the country's notorious cartels. This Reuters photo-essay documents one small community project by joint-smoking nuns to spread the gospel of the plant. Read More 2024 Preview: 10 Key Factors Driving the International Cannabis Market 24/01/19, 07:00 Driven by millennial consumers, expanded medical usage, and growing awareness of cannabis’s health benefits, it’s safe to say that the cannabis market is evolving rapidly. South African cannabis entrepreneurs should take note of these trends. Read More Japan Legalizes Medical Cannabis; But Not Going the ‘Rec’ Route 24/01/17, 11:00 While the rest of the world is moving towards legalizing full adult-use consumption, Tokyo, like almost every other Asian country, does not want to hear about it and is especially clamping down on THC synthetics. Read More Sri Lanka Goes Crazy in War Against Drugs: 15 000 People Arrested in Military Operation 24/01/16, 16:00 Sri Lanka’s ‘Operation Yuktiya’ saw thousands of arrests the day before Christmas. Only 400 kgs of various narcotics were seized, and of those arrested, 1 000 were “addicts” who were sent to military re-education camps. Read More Skirmishes Over Intoxicating Hemp Products Spread Like Wildfire Across US 24/01/09, 14:00 The lack of rules for CBD and intoxicating hemp products continues to roil the industry, and sharp debate over policy is expected to continue until late this year following delay of the 2023 Farm Bill. Read More Cannabis 2024: Microdosing, Tech, Health and Sustainability Are Trending 24/01/05, 10:00 As we go into 2024, the international cannabis industry continues its remarkable trajectory, witnessing unprecedented shifts and novel trends that redefine consumer behavior and shape the market landscape. Read More Explore More BREAKING International News Cannabiz Africa brings you the hottest breaking international cannabis news right here! From crucial developments in laws and reform to socio-economic changes in the industry. Find your latest dose of breaking news right here and stay onto of the earliest developments! Home African News South African News International News All News Marketplace Business News HOMEGROW Looking for something else? Want to find something a little closer to home? Head on over to our HOMEGROW SECTION and discover how industry leaders are growing from home, what equipment they use and how to get great results with every harvest! ​ Explore More Hydrobiz Support Locals Advertise with us today Connecting People Opportunity for all Supporting Business Growth

  • Activist Kurt Yeo Tells COP10 That SA Hypocritical In Its Approach to Vaping And Cannabis

    CANNABIS INDUSTRY BREAKING NEWS Activist Kurt Yeo Tells COP10 That SA Hypocritical In Its Approach to Vaping And Cannabis Vaping was a controversial topic at the recent COP10 Summit in Panama where the WHO is grappling with how to regulate a new generation of nicotine and tobacco delivering products. Seynabou Sall 17 February 2024 at 05:00:00 This report updated from the All Africa , article published on 7 February 2024 Vaping Saved My Life (VSML) founder Kurt Yeo was one of the panelists at the recent 10th Conference of Parties (COP 10) of the World Health Organization’s (WHO) meeting on the Framework Convention on Tobacco Control (FCTC) which ended in Panama on 10 February, 2024. He said “There is a form of hypocrisy where in South Africa, we want to ban vaping and we have just legalized cannabis for personal consumption. Things don’t make sense. And unfortunately, it is nothing to do with anything other than politics.” At the heart of the broader discussions were the tobacco policies that significantly influence national regulations, particularly in Low and Middle-Income countries where WHO regulations hold sway. Amidst these deliberations, advocates for non-combustible products, including vapes, nicotine pouches, and heat-not-burn products, find themselves grappling to be included in the conversation. The WHO's strict regulation of these products mirrors its approach to cigarettes, despite being recognized as less harmful than traditional smoking by esteemed bodies such as the US Food and Drug Administration, Public Health England, and other segments of the scientific community. In contrast, the WHO maintains a stance that all nicotine use, by definition, is harmful and should be regulated on principle. The exclusion of harm reduction advocates from the discussions has prompted activists and organizations worldwide, such as The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA), to organize alternative events on the sidelines of COP 10. The Taxpayers Protection Alliance (TPA) is a non-profit, non-partisan organization dedicated to public education on the government's economic impact. South African Kurt Yeo, a co-founder of VSML (Vaping Saved My Life) and a speaker at one of the TPA side events, engages with policymakers in South Africa on tobacco and nicotine-related legislation. Yeo expressed his perspective on the reluctance to include harm reduction in the conversations: "I think it has to do with the impact the tobacco industry has had on public health. I understand it because there were a lot of lies, deception, and significant costs, not just in human terms but also in terms of mistrust. However, the world is different now, and we need to have this conversation. It's okay to disagree, but let's talk about this. Additionally, cynically speaking, the WHO may not want to discuss it, because supporting harm reduction challenges the very structure built around something harmful." And when asked about when the paradigm will shift, he went on: “In the next five years, not really. Maybe in ten. When science catches up with reality, I think governments around the world will start seeing, particularly African governments, that they got this wrong. If these products weren’t acceptable, enjoyable, and effective, we wouldn’t see this growth of harm reduction products throughout the world. We are not looking closer at a hundred million users on the world. That is an incredible growth over a short period of time and at the same time, we are not seeing too many adverse effects. And there is also a form of hypocrisy where in South Africa, we want to ban vaping and we have just legalized cannabis for personal consumption. Things don’t make sense. And unfortunately, it is nothing to do with anything other than politics.” According to the WHO, the number of smokers has increased by 104% in North Africa (and the Middle East) and 75% in Sub-Saharan Africa since the 1990’s. It is the place in the world, where the prevalence of smokers has witnessed the highest rise. # Juicy Fields Saga Comes South: Private Russian Investigator Rescued From Rogue Police Extortion Web in Namibia ​ Read Afriplex, CRI, Releaf Take The Lead in Ground-Breaking Medical Trial That Proves Cannabis Is Safer Alternative Than Opioids In Chronic Pain Treatment Afriplex emerging as the "go to guys" for all matters medical cannabis Read Justice Dept Says Soldiers Can Smoke Cannabis in Private Despite SANDF Concerns Parliament hears submissions from the public on the Cannabis For Private Purposes Bill Read NEXT PREVIOUS Cannabis in South Africa: The People’s Plant We are a civil society organisation with the interests of the existing Cannabis industry and the Human Rights of ALL citizens at heart. WE’RE BRINGING A NEW STANDARD We are more than just a cannabis retail company. We are about a lifestyle that promotes vitality, balance & good health. Resources & Equipment Explore cannabis growing equipment for growing weed at home. Whether you’re just starting out, or you’re looking to enhance your outdoor or indoor weed grow setup – we have the perfect range of cannabis growing equipment to match your marijuana growing ambitions. ​ Find everything from LED grow lights, grow tents, fans, and hydroponic setups, to environmental equipment and controls, harvesting accessories, extraction equipment and plenty more. Design your ideal cannabis growing setup with high quality growing equipment available in South Africa. Explore cannabis growing equipment we’ve curated from reliable online suppliers in South Africa Explore More

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