The Western Cape government sees the agricultural sector as a key growth driver and hopes new crop varieties, including cannabis, can help to expand the local economy.

The province launched a plan that will ultimately pave the way for residents to farm cannabis for commercial use, according to MEC for agriculture Ivan Meyer.

“We are currently developing a CanPlan for the Western Cape to take advantage of the huge international interest and new market opportunities,” Meyer told Weekend Argus.

“When that plan is ready, I will also develop an implementation plan for the rollout of cannabis farming for commercial use.” MEC for finance, Mireille Wenger, said she is also open to exploring cannabis as a means to stimulate the economy. 

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