It’s strawberry fields forever in South Africa. The country has awarded the first commercial license to grow cannabis on the African continent. And it’s to Polkadraai, a well-known strawberry farm in Cape Town.
The company will grow weed under its trade name Felbridge. But it won’t be allowed to process or sell cannabis just yet. Their license is strictly for cultivation. According to reports, the license will allow the farm to produce up to 20 tons of marijuana a year.
“That will mean that they will be able to take our product and turn it into anything – tablets, tinctures… pretty much any product,” says Leslie Zettler, the farm’s owner.
South Africa’s courts decriminalized cannabis just over a year ago and instructed the nation’s lawmakers to replace prohibition with something better. Cannabis activists there have been working ever since on what they call the most progressive cannabis regime in the world.
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