Farmers say making dagga legal has only made them poorer

Eastern Cape remains the province with the highest number of cannabis and hemp licences issued in South Africa
Scrolla (South Africa)
Wednesday, March 1, 2023

sa cannabis cultivationSmall-scale cannabis farmers in the rural parts of the Eastern Cape are feeling the pinch of obtaining farming licences. This is particularly difficult for a 27-year-old farmer who has been involved in the cannabis industry for the past four years. Originally from Mcobothini, in Lusikisiki, the farmer has managed to find a secluded area where he plants approximately 500 trees of cannabis annually with plans to expand his production. “Obtaining cannabis farming licences has proven to be more difficult than I thought, but they have promised to come up with a way forward,” he said. He said another problem is that licences are only issued to cooperatives — and not to individuals.