By Edward Tsumele
It is over a month since the government and role players in the cannabis industry held a consultative meeting on March 30, 2021, where the Department of Agriculture, Land Reform and Rural Development unveiled a national cannabis Master Plan for discussion.. This master plan is a blue print of establishing a legal framework that will regulate legal cannabis in the future.
Below we publish the mater plan as conceptualized by the government to give the cannabis industry an idea of how the cannabis industry is taking shape policy wise.
Pillar 1: Regulatory Systems
.Provide a conducive environment for the development and growth of the cannabis industry.
.Issuance of the necessary permits and licenses to farmers, institutions and companies that want to participate in the cannabis value chains in a fair and transparent manner, subject to the law.
Pillar 2: Seed Systems
.Develop and implement a regulatory system for cannabis seed.
.Promote compliance to regulatory framework by farmers, seed companies, breeders and other stakeholders.
.Support the development of new seed growers and enterprises.
.Facilitate training of new seed growers through the SETAs.
.Issuance of export and import permits for cannabis seed.
Pillar 3: Research
.Invest in research and technology development programmes.
.Promote the adoption and use of new technologies by all stakeholders.
.Development and implementation of education and training programmes regarding research and technology development.
Pillar 4: Producer Supply Systems
.Provide targeted incentives and government support for small-holder cannabis growers.
Develop training programmes for farmers to facilitate their participation in the cannabis value chain.
Pillar 5: Market Development
.Create a conducive environment for the development of local markets for cannabis products.
.Facilitate the opening of new export markets for South African cannabis products.
.Provide grants and blended finance to facilitate the participation of new entrants in both local and export markets.
Pillar 6: Enterprise and Supplier Development
.Provide technical and financial support to the development of new enterprises.
.Facilitate the inclusion of cannabis products from new entrants in public procurement programmes.
.Facilitate the incorporation of cannabis in incubation programmes of SEDA.
Pillar 7: Manufacturing and Product Development
.Provide incentives for manufacturing and product development.
.Provide technical and financial support to manufacturers.
.Create linkages between farmers and manufacturers.
Pillar 8: Education and Training
.Development and implementation of education and training programmes on cannabis.
.Facilitate the inclusion of cannabis in curricula of schools, universities and other training institutions.
Pillar 9 Communication and Awareness
.Development of information and awareness programmes on cannabis.
.Facilitate the dissemination of information and awareness programmes to majority of stakeholders, consumers and the general public through various media and other channels of communication.