SA relaxes rules around sale of CBD products

For now, CBD found in dagga, has been removed from South Africa’s list of highly-controlled drugs explains lawyer Abrianne Marais.

There’s good news for proponents of the dagga-derived compound CBD or cannabidiol.

An exemption gazetted by then Minister of Health Dr Aaron Motsloedi last week means products containing CBD have been removed from South Africa’s list of highly-controlled drugs.

Lawyer, Abrianne Marais of Hogan Lovells, joined Melanie Rice to take about what the exemption means and began by explaining more about CBD.

CBD is one of the two cannabidiods found in the cannabis plant. The one being CBD and the other being THC – and that’s the stuff that makes you high.

Abrianne Marais, Associate – Hogan Lovells

In recent years there has been a growing public awareness of the health benefits of CBD which has led to many businesses importing CBD products from places like the United States, Canada, and The Netherlands.

Prior to the exemption only registered individuals or companies were allowed to sell CBD products.

Locally there’s only been two licences issued for the commercial cultivation and manufacture of cannabis-based products.

Abrianne Marais, Associate – Hogan Lovells

It is a grey area at the moment, there is quite a lot of uncertainty.

Abrianne Marais, Associate at Hogan Lovells

Marais says prior to the exclusion notice, in order to comply with the law, any cannabis-based product would have to go through a registration process with the South African health regulator.

Those wanting to sell such products would need to apply for the requisite licence.

He explains how the exclusion notice has affected this process.

You don’t have to go through all of that regulatory red tape in order to bring in certain CBD products. It’s not all CBD.

Abrianne Marais, Associate – Hogan Lovells

It’s CBD products that contain a maximum daily dose of 20 milligrams of CBD, provided that there isn’t any specific health plan…its for general treatment or health maintenance.

Abrianne Marais, Associate – Hogan Lovells

CBD is said to have a number of medicinal qualities including treating anxiety, depression, acne and heart disease.

Listen to the full interview below:


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