Rwanda approves 134 hectares for first medicinal cannabis production

Rwanda has dedicated 134 hectares to cannabis production, The New Times has learned. It was last year when the country publicly showcased its plans to start growing and exporting the plant and its products.

To the effect of this, a Ministerial Order was gazetted in June, providing a framework for responsible and secure cultivation, processing, distribution and use of cannabis in the country. Now, a few months since then, a number of steps have been taken towards starting the operations, among which, according to information availed to The New Times by the Rwanda Development Board (RDB), the government has designated a specific area of 134ha to cannabis production “and is in the process of having this site developed.”

In addition, RDB disclosed that a significant number of companies have shown interest in the cultivation, processing and export of cannabis from Rwanda.

“RDB has been working with other government stakeholders to assess proposals received. The government of Rwanda set a rigorous process to select companies that have or are partnering with companies that have previous experience in the production of cannabis for medical and therapeutic reasons. The assessment process has different stages. So far 5 companies are in the advanced stage,” read a statement from RDB.

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