7.3 Policy Mandate

The court ruling on the recreational use of cannabis has spurred considerable public interest and debate in relation to the concomitant implications for medicinal applications of cannabis. In addition, commercial interest is tied to a significant potential economic gain based on the legalisation and the subsequent industrialisation of cannabis. This is evidenced by small-scale growers who seek to play in that space, a vast majority of whom have been growing the cannabis herb illegally for many years. It is imperative that, as an agile regulator, SAHPRA take the proactive action of tackling the regulatory framework relating to this area and strengthen collaborative partnerships with various government departments to create alignment among the various legislations supporting enhanced and broader access to cannabis-based products. The entity therefore anticipates that it will participate in national policy discussions that pertain to legislative and policy framework considerations related to cannabis and its industrialisation.