SA firm gets green light to grow marijuana in Lesotho

Somerset West-based Verve Dynamics received its license from the Mountain Kingdom last week.

Medical marijuana plants under lighting in a grow house. Picture: Thomas Holder/EWN

CAPE TOWN - A South African company has been given the green light to grow and cultivate marijuana legally in Lesotho.

Somerset West-based Verve Dynamics received its license from the mountain kingdom last week.

The plants will be used for medicinal purposes.

On its website Verve Dynamics is described as a vegan-friendly manufacturer of highly purified botanical extracts.

But it can now add the title of the first official cannabis producer for medical purposes in Africa to its description.

The company's MD Richard Davies has called the move a historic decision, saying this will allow Lesotho to play a significant role in developing the industry.

According to the UN Development Programme, cannabis is Lesotho's third largest source of foreign income.

In 2015, the kingdom's Green Party said local farmers were ditching traditional crops to cultivate dagga as it rakes in higher profits on the black market.

(Edited by Shimoney Regter)