South Africa’s AfriAg Global seeks licence to get into UK medical marijuana market

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To become a licensed medical cannabis cultivator and producer in the UK, AfriAg Global has hired a law firm to help with the application process. Britain proposed to allow doctors prescribe medicinal cannabis starting in 2018. Several countries including Denmark, Italy and Germany already allow the prescription of medicinal cannabis while Canada became the second country in the world to fully legalise marijuana.

Although the recreational use of cannabis is still prohibited, the decision to legalise medicinal cannabis was followed by a high profile case of a 12 year old boy with severe epilepsy. The boy who was denied access to cannabis oil prompted a national debate and reviews by experts.

According to a report by the UN’s International Narcotics Control Board, the UK was the main producer and exporter of cannabis-based medicines in 2016. Evidence is growing that medical marijuana can help with epilepsy, chronic pain, multiple sclerosis and chemotherapy induced nausea.

AfriAg noted that the application will take some time and it will bring in other partners to assist with the process. David Lenigas, the Executive Chairman said “the board see a huge opportunity here for AfriAg Global to help the UK increase its global presence in this fast growing sector”.



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