Beautiful mountains, fresh air, clean water. That’s what you can expect to find when you travel to the only entire country situated 1000 ft above sea level. Now, the country has a new pro-cannabis prime minister, Moeketsi Majoro.
A New Prime Minister for Lesotho
Majoro was sworn in on 12th of June, 2020. The ceremony came one day after the previous prime minister resigned for allegations of murder. With the new prime minister affairs of state return to normal.
The best part. . . Majoro is good news for the cannabis industry.
Prime Minister Majoro is a firm believer in cannabis and the business of cannabis.
Majoro is pro-cannabis. In one interview, he said “ we (the people of Lesotho) come from traditions of herbal medicine, generally. We have always looked upon herbal medicine favourably. . . We are not used to chemical pharmacy products. . . In 1974, our parliament made it possible for pharmaceutical products. So it (cannabis cultivation) came naturally. Now we are modernizing it (cannabis cultivation) to become more compliant. To become more progressive. To stay on the cutting edge of the legal and regulatory framework. . . We’re in compliance (with GMP) because it was written into the legal framework.” All good views when it comes to cannabis cultivation in the country.
The legalization of commercial cannabis cultivation in 2017 attracted millions of dollars. These funds went to the development of state of the art cultivation facilities.
Africa’s Kingdom in the Sky
Lesotho is known as Africa’s “Kingdom in the Sky” because of its location 1400 ft above sea level. To investors it offers 300 days a year of sunny weather, an excellent water supply, and a capable workforce. All the major freshwater sources for Southern Africa are located in Lesotho.
Cannabis has grown in Lesotho for hundreds of years. With the legalization of cannabis cultivation Lesotho’s cannabis will one day be consumed around the world.
Legalization of Cannabis Cultivation
Lesotho is the first African country to legalize the cultivation of medical cannabis for export. Today, entrepreneurs cultivate cannabis in the mountainous territory. They are the only legal cannabis businesses in the country.
A license to grow cannabis in the country can cost almost $11,000 USD. The cost of a license is prohibitive for many local growers at the time. These local growers continue to supply the illegal market.
The illegal market continues to flourish inside the country. Locals have no legal access to cannabis. The laws do not permit the sale or use of medicinal marijuana. Black market dealers provide the people of Lesotho with the therapeutic herb.
Cultivation in Lesotho
Investor funds go to the development of state of the art facilities. These facilities adhere to the highest standards. Strict rules for cultivating, handling, processing, facility care, ensure the cannabis is premium. The cannabis produced for export qualifies for Good Manufacturing Practice (GMP) certification.
We can expect some great buds and more coming out of Lesotho in the years ahead.
“We are interested in going the entire range for growing and cultivating. We are inviting the best brains and researchers because the atmosphere and climate are right. . . .Respect the plant.” – Monyane Moleleki, Prime Minister of Lesotho