South Africa: Cannabis Trade Association Africa (CTAA) Demands Meeting With President

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Cannabiz Africa reports… The Cannabis Trade Association Africa (CTAA) is seeking an urgent meeting with President Cyril Ramaphosa to urgently set up a Cannabis Desk in the presidency to co-ordinate policy.  The call follows the CTAA’s letter to Ramaphosa in March 2021 where it urges him to take control of South Africa’s start-stop cannabis reform process. The call comes as the NCMP is being considered by the country’s major economic stakeholders at Nedlac and several legal battles are being played out as a consequence of policy confusion.  Cannabis reform in South Africa requires policy to be co-ordinated between the following key government departments: Agriculture Health Justice Trade and Industry Treasury The fault-lines between government departments has been exposed by the following recent developments: The Justice System is maintaining its onslaught against cannabis producers and consumers despite impending legalization; The NCMP has been slotted into the Agriculture Department which has already hit its limitations in driving the process forward because key legalization decisions reside with other departments; Agriculture is now responsible for issuing hemp licenses, a function that was quietly removed from the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA); SAHPRA has now become embroiled in a political war around the granting of cannabis licenses; Several court cases against government departments are in play because of policy confusion and bureaucratic inertia; None of government’s bold statements of 2020 to incorporate cannabis into mainstream economic activity have seen the light of day;   It has become clear that governments across Africa do not understand the holistic benefit of the plant and that fractious policies are unfolding that may backfire on the continent’s ambitions to cash in on cannabis. The most basic contradiction is that Africa is the world’s primary producer of recreational cannabis and will continue to be so for the foreseeable future but this reality…

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