German Legalization Could Spark Boom For South African Cannabis (If Government Gets Out of the Way)

CANNABIS CULTURE – ‘Germany’s lucrative market is the game-changer, but we are not our best friends here in South Africa. Expensive permits; long approval wait times are self-defeating’, says Dikeledi Matla, chairperson of the Soweto Cannabis Alliance Forum.

The forum seeks to coordinate together Black medical cannabis players in the country’s most populous township and enter the niche export market.

Despite cannabis legalization, South Africa’s government is ‘a beast’ when dealing with the domestic industry players, Cannabis Culture reported in July when it documented entrepreneurs who feel hard done. 

Though being Africa’s leading cannabis cultivator, South Africa has no huge domestic medical cannabis market at scale. So, her cultivators must set their eyes on shipping to the likes of Germany, Matla says. Hence, in December 2021, a record 2, 125 tons of medical cannabis was shipped from South Africa to North Macedonia

German juggernaut

According to Prohibition Partners European Cannabis Report 7th Edition, Germany’s medical cannabis patient demographic has doubled since 2017. Her medical cannabis startups are on a money-raising spree with Frankfurt-based Cansativa Group recently attracting $15mn in seed funding, and Berlin-based Sanity Group so far pulling over $76mn. General sales of medical cannabis in Germany in 2022

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