Africa is preparing for the legal cannabis rush

The only legal cannabis plantation in Uganda extends over three hectares. It lies at the foot of the mighty Rwenzori Mountains in the west of the country, almost directly on the equator. 

More than 40,000 plants thrive here in white greenhouses under strict, hygienic conditions. They are intended for export to Europe. Since the beginning of January, Ugandan cannabis has been available in German pharmacies in accordance with the German Pharmacopoeia, the official set of rules for quality assurance for medicines: in white, airtight 10-gram packs.

Benjamin Cadet is standing among his plants in a white polo shirt with his company logo on it. He is wearing surgical gloves and is very careful when touching the blossoms. They are full of pollen - ready for harvest.

Cadet makes a satisfied face. The Ugandan entrepreneur and former MP is the CEO of the only company licensed to legally grow and export cannabis in Uganda. "When we developed the idea in 2011, we tried different varieties. The first varieties came from the Netherlands," reports Cadet. "But we lacked the finances and the contacts on the world market. That was when we started contacting potential partners."


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