History Of Cannabis In South Africa

Acknowledging that the origin of cannabis is said to be in Asia, South Africa from a geographical adaptation developed unique strains. Noting that for cannabis cultivation the plant flourishes in the best weather and climatic conditions, since South Africa has minerally rich soils and gets plenty of rain with moderate to warm temperatures that creates perfect conditions for the Southern Hemisphere sunlight to naturally produce cannabis which you struggle to find elsewhere in the world where cannabis can be easily grown in the wild.

These perfect growing conditions have produced some of the most sought after South African landrace cannabis strains. Not only has South Africa produced one of the most popular sativa cannabis seeds but has created some incredible indicas and hybrids too!
The Dutch East India trading company tried to monopolise cannabis in South Africa around the late 1600’s and Jan Van Riebeeck actually ordered the ship “Voorman” to buy cannabis in Durban for trade with the Khoi. It is said that much of Netherlands earlier genetics were gained from South Africa and other countries visited by early Dutch settlers.

South African Sativa Strains

The ecology of the cannabis seed is dispersed by wind and water and has the capacity to adapt to different habitats, a lot like humans.

Durban Poison

DP is one of the most popular Cannabis strains that originated in South Africa and is said to be Snoop Doggs’s personal favorite. It is in fact recognized by most growers as the best Sativa strain.

Dutch Passion

Dutch Passion offers feminized Durban Poison seeds, regular and autoflower seeds.

South African Kwazulu

SAK is grown freely on the South facing slopes of the Drakensburg in KZN and is a pure Sativa strain which is well known for its potency and healing properties.

Malawi Gold

A very commonly grown strain, which is high in Sativa and indigenous to Africa.

Power Plant

This strain first originated in South Africa but has since been experimented with by Dutch breeders in Amsterdam and this plant, amongst others, has now had an optimized growth cycle.

Angola Red

Another African species from the Africa’s West coast and falls under the Southern part of the equator.

The State Of Affairs

South Africa’s legislative framework, economic structure and climate conditions provide the country with a significant competitive advantage in the cannabis sector. RSAMMD aims to be Africa’s most economical and cost effective cannabis operation by utilizing the most sustainable growing method through Aqauponics. This will save energy costs, nutrition & water management, irrigation systems and ventilation, making us 30% ahead of the field and by donating our fish to charity or selling to the market could increase our profitability by another 10-20% Our higher locations clean dry air will significantly reduce the risk of mildew infestations, mold and mites, the facilities have an abundance of clean fresh waternand with long days of high sunlight, extended artificial light cycles are only used at final stages for optimizing yields. The hermetic indoor growing facilities are free of any pests and pesticides.

Cannabis Law in South Africa

In September 2018, the Constitutional Court legalised the growing of cannabis for private purposes and the use of cannabis for adults in private places. The court ruled a previous law, which had banned cannabis as unconstitutional. However, the Constitutional Court ruling failed to define ‘private use’ of cannabis. It was unclear from the court ruling whether privacy referred to the place in which cannabis was consumed, or whether the focus was on personal use for medicinal purposes. A further restriction placed by the court was that the patient must personally cultivate cannabis in order for it to be legal to use or posses. The quantity of cannabis an individual can grow or use in private has not yet been specified, nor has the definition of  ‘private’. Permissible quantities are expected to be announced soon.

The legislation of the cultivation of medical cannabis at home is being developed by the Department of Health and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). Sections 21 and 22A (9)(a) (i) of the Medicines Act, authorised GPs can request access and permission to prescribe unregistered medication from SAHPRA. The courts deemed section 22A(9)(i) unconstitutional and legislation is currently being amended to reflect the decriminalisation of personal cannabis cultivation, possession and use. The Medicines Act also allows SAHPRA to issue licences for the manufacture of either a medicine or a scheduled substance (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient/API).

Cannabis Law in South Africa

In September 2018, the Constitutional Court legalised the growing of cannabis for private purposes and the use of cannabis for adults in private places. The court ruled a previous law, which had banned cannabis as unconstitutional. However, the Constitutional Court ruling failed to define ‘private use’ of cannabis. It was unclear from the court ruling whether privacy referred to the place in which cannabis was consumed, or whether the focus was on personal use for medicinal purposes. A further restriction placed by the court was that the patient must personally cultivate cannabis in order for it to be legal to use or posses. The quantity of cannabis an individual can grow or use in private has not yet been specified, nor has the definition of  ‘private’. Permissible quantities are expected to be announced soon.

The legislation of the cultivation of medical cannabis at home is being developed by the Department of Health and the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA). Sections 21 and 22A (9)(a) (i) of the Medicines Act, authorised GPs can request access and permission to prescribe unregistered medication from SAHPRA. The courts deemed section 22A(9)(i) unconstitutional and legislation is currently being amended to reflect the decriminalisation of personal cannabis cultivation, possession and use. The Medicines Act also allows SAHPRA to issue licences for the manufacture of either a medicine or a scheduled substance (Active Pharmaceutical Ingredient/API).

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