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Cannabis Licence South Africa.

Legal Cannabis/Marijuana/Dagga licence.

Daily I receive emails and whatsapps from people across South Africa who are wanting to know how to get a legal licence to grow Cannabis or hemp.

Most of these people are private individuals who are wanting to sell their Cannabis on the open market without fear of prosecution. And then there are international and local companies who are wanting a legal Cannabis permit to cultivate Cannabis or hemp to export to Canada.

Unfortunately, it’s impossible to try and assist everyone who makes contact looking to secure or buy a Cannabis licence in South Africa. The Medicines Control Council (MCC –  now known as SAHPRA) has published a list of guidelines for prospective growers of medical cannabis in South Africa.

Applicants will need to show adequate measures to ensure security, transport, destruction, reporting and employment of suitable persons to be considered for a licence, which will be granted if the farmer can also show the ability to adhere to the Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) for medicines in SA. Anyone with a conviction for an illicit drug-related offence may not apply. This includes anyone ever arrested for being in possession of dagga in South Africa.

There are currently no restrictions on the number of licences that may be issued by the MCC, but the overall quantities of marijuana cannot exceed quotas allocated by the International Narcotics Drug Control Board.

The legislative framework to allow for domestic cultivation of medicinal cannabis is currently under development by the Department of Health in consultation with the MCC. Cannabidiol (CBD) was already rescheduled to a Schedule 4 substance last year which theoretically opens the way for the cultivation of hemp.

The MCC (SAHPRA) have begun with their inspector training and some initial site inspections have been done. To date 6 licences to cultivate Cannabis in South Africa have been approved.

If your company requires assistance with your Cannabis licence application I am available to consult and advise on the best steps to take in order to ensure a successful application. If you require a cannabis consultant in South Africa who has an in-depth understanding of the status of the industry then please make use of the contact form to get in touch. You can also view more information on Cannabis Consulting services in South Africa here.

Should you want to apply for a commercial Cannabis licence start by reading the form below to understand and follow all the procedures set out by the MCC (SAHPRA) as mandated by the South African Department of Health.

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17 thoughts on “Cannabis Licence South Africa.

  1. can you please furnish every one or us who have interest in trading with cannabis with information regarding licensing

  2. Good day,

    I’m taking a chance on this website with my inquiry. I’m currently under chemo therapy for thyroid cancer. Although the lump on my neck has already reduced considerably in size I’ve been told by several people that even after I’ve completed the chemo that part of it still remains and that one way around it to help reduce even further or illuminate any traces of it is to make use of cannabis oil or something similar.

    Can you possibly assist in giving me any advise regarding this matter or references to whom I may contact who is better qualified regarding the above should you not be able to assist?
    Looking forward to hear from you soon.

    Kind regards,

  3. I want to know more about cannabis licencing.

  4. Hi I have the funds and land to grow and would like to know how I can aquire license for canabas in South Africa please respond if you have any answers

  5. Anybody with the relevant licences to grow and press oils. We have the perfect factory in Cape Town to grow and knowledge and availability of industrial equipment to press the maximum. We looking to do a JV, set up at our cost.

    1. Please mail me on

  6. Has SAHPRA (MCC) allotted any license to SA company for cultivation and manufacturing?

  7. Its as if nobody commenting actually read the article or attached application forms ?

  8. I am interested in groeing and selling CBD in SA, at the moment we have a friend who has a company in Switzerland and we would like to import and sell in Jozi or grow here and continue the same products here. I would really like your input.

    1. How much is the licence of growing weeds and where can I sell it to?

  9. please please were and how do i get a cultivating and selling cannabis is almost ready and i want to operate legal

  10. Hi I’ve been diagnosed with cervical cancer, I would like to cultivae it and help a few of my friends in the same situation, at this stage medical bills a ridiculous and we can’t afford it. Please let me know what is the process. Do I have to study for it.
    Your urgent reply will be appreciated

  11. Good day,

    How would I get a license to cultivate weed and I would like to supply industries as I have the funds and resources.

  12. Good day I would really be interested in acquiring a license. I believe I have the funding and infrastructure to be apart of this movement in order to distribute responsibly within the boundaries of the law. I look forward to your response.

  13. Good day,

    I am a patient that needs medicinal oil for treatment of my cancer, is there a possibility I can attain a personal license for cultivating it myself ?

    If so, what documents would be required? And what is the process for a special letter stating I can either use medicinal cannabis oils or cultivate it privately?

    Thank you

    1. Wondering how you doing. You can grow weed in your garden and make your own hash oil. It’s finally legal. As long as you don’t sell. If you want to sell then you must fit requirements to qualify for license.and I believe you must have a company registered with SARS to qualify. And farm with major security.

  14. Hi Ralph.
    Do i need a licence for to use Cannabis only for my self.
    How to get it?
    Provide me name of doctors to get it prescribed.
    All Doctors up to now tell me they will not prescribe and they don’t know anything about..

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