ZA: South Africa's cannabis industry is waiting for regulations to catch up

Western Cape greenhouse facility, Felbridge says that it is waiting for the South African government to catch up to the growing demand for cannabis cultivation in the country.

Felbridge is one of four companies that have been granted licences from South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) to cultivate the import and export of cannabis.

Felbridge chief executive officer, Leslie Zettler said the aim is to produce around 20 tonnes of dried cannabis – with cultivation happening in a slightly more isolated space, away from the other crops, where it can be more secure.

Zettler highlighted some of the challenges companies in South Africa will face with cultivating cannabis, as they wait for government legislation to catch up. One problem is around licence restrictions – particularly as the group’s licence is purely for cultivation. The importing of seeds, and manufacturing of products to then sell (in all the various forms) are still not part of the package.


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