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South Africa: All cannabis-based medical products are illegal, warns regulator

South Africa: All cannabis-based medical products are illegal, warns regulator

SA’s medicines regulator has warned consumers that all medical products containing cannabis on the local market are illegal, as none have been registered with the authorities.

In a statement issued on Monday, the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (Sahpra) said the recent Constitutional Court ruling legalising the cultivation and possession of cannabis for personal use did not mean people could use it to manufacture and sell their own medicines.

The court handed down a judgment in September 2018 that declared existing legislation criminalising the use, possession and cultivation of cannabis unconstitutional.

It is therefore no longer an offence for a person to use or be in possession of cannabis in private, or to cultivate the plant in a private place for their personal consumption.

The medicines regulator said that there were a number of outlets and individuals selling cannabis-containing products, including oils, for medicinal use, in contravention of the Medicines and Related Substances Act.

The act says no one may sell medicines that are not registered with the regulator.

“The cannabis-containing products and oils that are currently available in SA and which have not been registered or approved by Sahpra are therefore illegal. Suppliers and users of such illegal...

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