The green gold rush: Could Africa be on the verge of a weed race?

The executive director of the Ghana Standards Authority suggested that state-led cultivation and export of marijuana could generate valuable income
Monday, October 9, 2017

sa cannabis demoSeveral African governments are considering tapping a lucrative natural resource. More than 10,000 tons of cannabis are produced on the continent each year, according to a UN survey, which advocates believe could be worth billions of dollars in a rapidly expanding global market for legal weed. African governments have not yet followed the trend of legalization seen in Europe and the Americas. But Lesotho's recent announcement of the continent's first legal license to grow marijuana is part of a wider shift toward more liberal policies. (See also: US corp cashes in as Lesotho becomes the first African country to loegalise cannabis cultivation)