South Africa: CBD and cannabis regulation, June 2023

For the second consecutive year, president Cyril Ramaphosa has shown commitment to investing in the hemp and cannabis sector in his State Budget speech. Due to the country’s political instability and slow parliamentary processes, it is unknown when and if cannabis-friendly proposals will be presented.

This report provides an overview of the current regulatory framework in place in South Africa for hemp, CBD and other cannabinoids, as well as medical and recreational cannabis.

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Fernanda Tucunduva

Legal analyst
Fernanda holds a masters degree in Criminology from the Universitat Pompeu Fabra in Barcelona, Spain. She graduated in Law from de Pontifícia Universidade Católica and specialised in Criminal Corporate Law in São Paulo, Brazil. She has worked as a criminal and compliance lawyer in several law firms and also as an intern in the public sector in Brazil.

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