The Cannabis Development Council of South Africa (CDCSA) Claimed

Building a prosperous rural industry with cannabis 08-Feb-2019

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The proposed CDCSA is an all Inclusive self regulating Cannabis Industry Association whose duly elected representatives will form part and associated with the National Hemp Foundation to help regulate and control the cannabis industry of South Africa.

The CDCSA industry development identified activities will include:

  • Providing advice on new legislative and regulatory framework for affordable and available adult access to regulated quality Cannabis consistent with international health and safety standards.
  • Explore Institutional arrangements to give fair, equal and equitable opportunity to all who qualify to acquire licensing/permits based on merits and requirements as defined by laws and industry specific standards and vetting.
  • Keeping a central industry database of all participants throughout the value chain.
  • Protecting the SA cannabis industry from being exploited or dominated by foreign corporations;
  • Enforcing IP rights and shared benefits to Indigenous Knowledge Systems (IKS) communities to ensure that the cannabis economy is shared equitably among all the people of South Africa, rewarding those that invest knowledge and resources.
  • Registering and monitoring all concerns to support and protection of all stakeholders.
  • Ensuring all registered members pay income, VAT and IKS tax towards the development of the local cannabis industry for all.
  • To uplift local communities through job creation, health care and education.
  • To ensure cannabis permit holders adhere to BBBEE criteria.
  • Research and development towards sustainable models, cultivar development, safety, efficacy and quality control studies, commercial exposure, laboratories, compliance, skills and technology transfer.
  • Skills transfer and Human Capacity Building to ensure that resource poor farmers and IKS communities are given fair opportunity to participate substantially in the emerging cannabis industry. This program will include public awareness campains, controlled commercial trials, training, empowering farmers, finance & SMME support, bulk buying and collective market incentives in the imminent commercialization of cannabis.
  • Minimizing harms of use especially keeping cannabis out the hands of youth.
  • Intensifying the fight to keep profits out of the hands of organized crime.
  • Implementing appropriate restrictions to minimize the harms associated with cannabis abuse.
  • Finally To make South Africa a world class economy through maximum exploration and exploitation of the potential in cannabis as a natural renewable resource used in at least 19 industries as illustrated in the diagram below:


When regulating the industry we will be considering seven important factors.

  1. Human rights
  2. Community Involvement
  3. Organically Grown
  4. 100% Natural Materials
  5. Low Carbon Footprint
  6. Proudly South African
  7. BBBEE


In the light of the imminent legalization of the medical cannabis industry; The Zubenathi Trust took a resolution to consult key public and private sector stakeholders in the Cannabis industry to form a Cannabis Developing Council of South Africa (CDCSA).

To this end the Zubenathi Trust first approached the Eastern Cape Premiers office to support the setting up of the CDCSA and position the Eastern Cape as South Africa’s pioneering Cannabis Agro-processing Hub.

Armed with an in principle buy in from the Premier office, Zubenathi Trust started the process of consulting with some non government stakeholders with vested interest in Cannabis. The stakeholders that where consulted including: Traditional leaders (The Khonjwayo Traditional Council); Traditional Healers (The Traditional Healers Organization) Organization, Spiritual formations like the RasTafari (Nyahbinghi National Council) as well as cannabis enterprises like Hemporium, House of Hemp, Indalo Hemp Forum, Canna Culture SA, Stella Connect and other affected development organizations like East London Industrial Development Zone.

It is envisaged that the first task of the CDCSA working committee will be to consult further and include all relevant non government stakeholders in the cannabis community including others with IKS rights to cannabis (Traditional leaders, traditional healers, traditional spiritual formations); other private sector industry players, farming community, development workers, investors, service providers, and all affected parties, The CDCSA will be an all inclusive allowing everyone from the private to participate and contribute towards the forming of a cannabis regulatory authority that ensures equal and equitable opportunity to access legal permits and license.

The CDCSA will also solicit submissions from many other South Africans which will be able to participate in an online public consultation that will be set up under the website for public commen

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