A major change in South African laws has just been defined by the government
The decision has the effect of removing CBD from Schedule 7 (including hard drugs like heroin) and including it in Schedule 4 of the Drug Control Reform Law, Schedule Substances 4 are those which can be sold by pharmacists on presentation of a prescription. This decision will expire on May 15, 2020, unless a new amendment chooses to renew it.
From appendix 7 to appendix 4
On May 23, the Department of Health released an update on cannabis regulations in South Africa, allowing the use of cannabidiol.
The Minister of Health, Aaron Motsoaledi, authorizes the acquisition of cbd-based products in pharmacies but also over-the-counter for low-concentration products that must not contain more than 0,001% THC and not more than 0,0075% of CBD beyond this amount, a doctor's prescription will be required, Bonus: low-dose CBD products are for the next 12 months outside of drug regulations.
However, some points remain to be clarified reports the magazine MBD
Nathan Emery, a former South African executive, wonders how the government plans to enforce the restriction on maximum doses of CBD. It is also not clear whether regulations could be introduced for retail, labeling, advertising, distribution and quality control.
"There is no infrastructure specifically designed to manage the thresholds indicated in the proclamation of the Ministry of Health. Maybe they will ask the points of sale, but it is difficult to control," he said. he declares.
The change also does not indicate whether or how CBD products that are considered illegal can be brought into the legal market.
What does this mean for the whole South African industry?
What is important to remember is the exclusion of CBD among hard drugs and its inclusion in prescription drugs. This means that all “preparations” containing CBD are apart from highly controlled drugs and can be legally sold by anyone.
These new laws will facilitate trade not only for consumers, but also for CBD manufacturers, This is an important step for the legality of cannabis in Africa since most countries on the continent still do not allow it, except of Zimbabwe,