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Cannabis: Great new Business Opportunity or Hype?

Does South Africa really have the potential to create a uniquely African cannabis industry that can benefit everyone, especially marginalised rural communities, some of which are part of an existing cannabis supply chain?  

With cannabis legalisation on the horizon for many countries, it has ushered in a new era of potential economic benefits. South Africa’s unique cannabis constitutional rights combined with ideal growing conditions, positions our country to take full advantage of this burgeoning industry. There are however risks of small-scale cannabis farmers and entrepreneurs being dominated by large corporations as well as a stringent regulatory framework.


  • Suresh Patel - serial entrepreneur, GIBS alumni   
  • Myrtle Clarke - managing director , Fields of Green for ALL, South Africa's only cannabis legalisation non-profit company;
  • Hein Gerwel - lecturer in rural development and agribusiness, Department of Agricultural Economics, Stellenbosch University;
  • GG Alcock - entrepreneur and author of Kasinomic Revolution; and
  • Paul-Michael Keichel - partner at Schinders Attorneys.

Additional Info:

Registration: 17:45

Starts: 18:00

Ends: 19:30

A light supper will be served after the event.

Want to attend but can't afford to? email for one of the limited free seats available.

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