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cosatuThe Citizen reports that trade union federation Cosatu has cast doubt over the optimism about the job creation potential of legal cannabis.  

Following the Constitutional Court judgment allowing for the private use of dagga, several organisations have put forward policy plans and ideas promoting the potential of a legal cannabis industry to create jobs and economic growth.  The Cannabis Expo launched in Menlyn in Pretoria on Thursday.  But Cosatu spokesperson Sizwe Pamla warned that SA’s socioeconomic dynamics and current substance abuse crisis made it more vulnerable to the potential downsides of legal marijuana than the benefits seen in developed countries.  As to the potential of the sector, he said there still needed to be a study looking into that.  Agricultural economist Wandile Sihlobo recently wrote that examples in Canada pointed to the overall potential of cannabis-related job creation in SA.  However, he qualified that view by saying that any potential unintended consequences of the legalisation of the drug would have to carefully researched and considered when legislation was developed to circumscribe the conditions of commercial production.  A research paper by agricultural economist Heinrich Gerwel has earmarked the former Transkei area in the Eastern Cape as having the right terrain and climate for cannabis production.

  • Read Simnikiwe Hlatshaneni’s full report in this regard at The Citizen
  • Read too, Is it time for South Africa to create dope jobs? here

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