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From February of 2022, subscribers will be able to view and filter individual regulatory alerts per region. If you want to get our alerts compilations, visit our alerts Round-up section.

21st November 2022 - Africa, Morocco |
Morocco: Mohammed El Guerrouj, director general of the National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis Activities, made his first media appearance, announcing that "the agency is currently aiming at developing a traceability system to improve tracking and monitoring of cannabis use and limit illegal activities". He stated that this will be achieved through the launch of a digital platform for issuing licences, which will facilitate tracking the entire process, from cultivation to manufacturing to import to export.
5th October 2022 - Africa, Morocco |

Morocco: The National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis Activities (Anrac) announced yesterday that it had issued ten licences for the cultivation, manufacturing, marketing, and export of cannabis products, press reports. The agency said it “continues to explore the opportunities offered by the cannabis market in order to develop this sector and promote the transformation of farmers from illicit activity towards legal, sustainable and income-generating cultivation”.

3rd October 2022 - Africa, Morocco |
Morocco: The prime minister's cabinet has issued Decree No. 3.92\22, appointing Mohamed El Guerrouj as interim general director of the National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis Activities (Anrac). El Guerrouj will serve as the first director of the newly formed agency, which began operations in June, and is responsible for overseeing the legal cultivation of cannabis for medical and commercial purposes, the supply chain of cannabis from acquiring seeds to export, as well as marketing of the product.
6th September 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The Western Cape High Court has dismissed a company director’s application to decriminalise cannabis “grow clubs”, press reports. The court said that recognising the grow club model, in which a private club grows cannabis on behalf of others, would contravene the Drugs Act. The Constitutional Court decriminalised the possession and cultivation of cannabis for personal home use in 2018.

27th July 2022 - Africa, Zimbabwe |

Zimbabwe: The Medicines Control Authority has invited all licensed cannabis and hemp producers, manufacturers, importers, exporters and retail pharmacists to apply to sell medical CBD products as complementary medicines. Applicants will have to provide product samples and accept official inspections at production sites. Zimbabwe legalised medicinal cannabis in 2018, but its use is still limited.

20th June 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa:Written comments can be sent to the Presidency’s Office until 27th June on a draft plan to bring investments into the country. The draft recognises cannabis as a traded commodity and concludes that medicinal cannabis is more viable to pursue at an industrial scale than recreational cannabis. It also stresses the need for a regulatory framework for medicinal cannabis.

14th June 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed former trade and industry deputy director Garth Strachan as policy head to help develop the South Africa’s hemp and cannabis industry in cooperation with the Department of Agriculture, press reports. Strachan has spoken in favour of responsible adult use and a regulatory framework for medicinal cannabis and hemp that protect small farmers in rural areas.

3rd June 2022 - Africa, Morocco |
Morocco: Morocco has launched a regulatory agency, the National Agency for the Regulation of Cannabis Activities, to oversee the production and use of cannabis for medical, pharmaceutical, and industrial purposes following the passage of a 2021 law allowing such activities, press reports. The agency is tasked with issuing licences and overseeing all parts of industry, including importation of seeds and marketing of products. The agency met for the first time on Thursday, signalling a significant step towards establishing a legal cannabis industry in the country.
25th May 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The parliamentary Committee of Justice and Correctional Services yesterday held a public hearing on the amendments to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, giving interested parties the chance to put their points across. A majority criticised the bill for poorly addressed medicinal and commercial clauses, while the issue of legalising cannabis for religious purposes was also addressed. The bill has been under consideration by the National Assembly since September 2020.

21st April 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: The parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Justice and Correctional Services is considering amendments to the Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, which would introduce a clear distinction between cannabis and hemp. The committee is inviting interested parties to make written submissions with proposals by 13th May. The bill has been under consideration by the National Assembly since September 2020.

15th February 2022 - Africa, South Africa |

South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa said during his State of the Nation Address at the opening of Parliament that the government would review the policy and regulatory framework for industrial hemp and cannabis to attract investment and create 130,000 jobs. The Cannabis for Private Purposes Bill, which would introduce a clear distinction between hemp and cannabis, has been making its way through Parliament since its introduction in September 2020 but it has been repeatedly stalled.