South African farmers fight to enter marijuana market

South African farmers fight to enter marijuana market

Now that South Africa’s courts have relaxed laws against marijuana, the country’s cannabis production is poised to become a multi-billion dollar business

HENNOPS, South Africa —
Stacks of bright green cannabis plants, freshly harvested from nearby hothouses, are expertly sorted on a lab table by workers wearing hygienic gloves and caps who snip the leaves and buds and put them in bins for further processing.

Druid’s Garden in Hennops, about 20 miles north of Johannesburg, is a licensed farm which conducts research, legally produces cannabis and other traditional medicinal products for sale in South Africa and international markets.

The farm’s founder, Cian McClelland, said one of his aims is to help smaller-scale, black farmers enter South Africa’s potentially lucrative marijuana market.

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