Indigenous South Africans 'Excluded From Marijuana Industry'

Black farmers are taking on the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) over the exclusion of indigenous people in the handing out of cannabis licenses. The Black Farmers Association of South Africa (BFASA) will march today April 22 - and it's not the first time they're protesting against the health regulatory body. In October 2020, pro-cannabis marchers took to the streets of Arcadia in Tshwane, where the authority's offices are based, with the aim of "putting an end to SAHPRA's corruption in the cannabis industry". Six months later, they are demanding the resignation of Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize, along with the shutdown of the SAHPRA offices. BFASA, whose vision is to ensure that there is transformation in the agriculture and farming sector and that there is equality irrespective of race, says Health Minister Zweli Mkhize must step down because he is to blame for the monopolising of the cannabis Industry.

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