South Africa’s cautionary tale and a glance at other African states

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Second of Two Parts
Part One: A Hemp Manifesto for Africa

Despite starting research trials on the agronomic feasibility of hemp between 1994 and 1996 when the South African government started growing cannabis to make the THC isomer Dronabinol for the United States, South Africa has yet to properly legislate for hemp cultivation and use.

A study done by Camila Coogan, “The South African hemp story: Saviour Crop or Business as Usual?” details some of the trials and tribulations that has plagued the South African hemp industry. Many of the challenges stem from legislative barriers, while others stem from bad politics, differing stakeholder priorities and lack of any clear vision or consolidated efforts for a viable hemp industry.

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