Could a legal cannabis industry turn Africa into the workshop of the world?

By Barnaby De Hoedt A legal cannabis industry in Africa could be worth more than $7.1bn a year by 2023 if legislation is introduced in a number of the continent’s major markets, according to The African Cannabis Report by Prohibition Partners. The report notes that the continent has a long history of cannabis cultivation. The […]

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Progress in Portugal halted as politicians reject legalising recreational cannabis

Portugal may be well known for its decriminalisation model that treats drug use as a health rather than criminal issue, but it has passed up the chance to seal its reputation as a bastion of progress after politicians voted down an attempt to legalise the cultivation and sale of cannabis for recreational purposes. Two proposals […]

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Teenagers Using Cannabis Less Since Legalisation in US States

Fewer young people are using cannabis in the US now compared to 2012, when the first states moved to legalise cannabis, according to a federally funded study – once again debunking the myth that prohibition is required to stop teenagers consuming cannabis. The 2018 Monitoring the Future survey found that annual, monthly and daily cannabis […]

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New Zealand sets cannabis legalisation referendum for 2020 General Election

New Zealand’s Government has set the date for its promised referendum on legalising cannabis for the 2020 General Election. The referendum was among the promises made by Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern’s Labour Party in a 2017 agreement that led to a coalition government with the Green and NZ First parties. The coalition ended the nine-year […]

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‘Kingdom in the sky’ Lesotho attracts global cannabis investors

Lesotho, a landlocked kingdom encircled by South Africa, is emerging as a hotspot for investment in cannabis crops since it became the first African nation to legalise the growth of cannabis for medicinal and research purposes in 2017. Known as “the kingdom in the sky”, the high altitude combines with fertile soils for high-quality crops. […]

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