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Cannabis Expo to highlight Western Cape’s fast growing industry

With nearly a quarter of all licenses for cannabis to be grown in South Africa issued in the Western Cape, entrepreneurs, and enthusiasts will be out in full force this weekend as the Cannabis Expo returns to GrandWest in Cape Town, South Africa, with its biggest expo yet.

The expo brings together thousands of cannabis industry professionals, investors, and entrepreneurs with over 200 exhibitors featuring over 1,000 cannabis products and a jam-packed program of talks and workshops. Visitors can look forward to interactive presentations and panel discussions, networking opportunities, and a massive array of cannabis products and services.

The Deputy Director General of Agricultural Research and Regulatory Services for the Western Cape Department of Agriculture, Ilse Trautmann, said that it was important to distinguish between hemp and cannabis but confirmed that there were dozens of licensed projects currently underway in the province. The Western Cape has issued 23% of the country’s total licenses.

“The licenses (for cannabis) are spread across the West Coast, Boland, Metro, Overberg, and Klein Karoo, with a bigger concentration in the Cape Winelands,” said Trautmann. “Regarding hemp, which is licensed by our national Department of Agriculture, Land Reform, and Rural Development, there are 11 permits issued in the Western Cape, with 300 permits nationally. “These permits are spread across the Western Cape.”

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