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At the stroke of midnight, we lost our free trade rights to sell CBD.

https://www.tnha.co.za/cbd-exemption-expires-where-to-now-for-cbd/

 

Consumer’s continued free access to CBD without a prescription under threat.

On the stroke of midnight on Friday the 15th of May, over-the-counter Cannabidiol (CBD) containing products which have been freely traded in South Africa will revert back to being Schedule 4 medications requiring a doctor’s prescription, despite there being no registered (legally approved) prescription CBD medicines in South Africa.

This situation is due to the 12-month exemption notice for certain CBD products expiring without an extension or a permanent exemption despite an impeccable safety profile.

This places importers, contract manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers which CBD products in a precarious position, not knowing if they may continue to sell CBD products legally or not. CBD now reverts to being a schedule 4 substance in terms of the Schedules of the Medicines Act.

Selling unregistered medicines is a criminal offense under Section 29 of the Medicines and Related Substances Act (Act 101 of 1965).

The entire CBD product value chain now requires pharmaceutical trade licenses or pharmacy licenses to sell CBD products legally.

In May last year a special exempted category of CBD products was created after our organization took the South African Health Products Regulatory Authority (SAHPRA) and Minister of Health to court. In a last minute round-table meeting between the SAHPRA and the TNHA’s legal representatives, a historic agreement was reached to exempt CBD from the schedules under specific trade conditions. These included:

The daily CBD dosage of the product could not exceed 20mg.

The amount of tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) could not exceed 1 part per million (0.001%) by volume.

The product labels and associated marketing materials could not contain health claims for diseases or serious symptoms, and could only refer to approved low risk ‘well-being’ claims.

In a short space of a year under the liberalized exemption framework the CBD marketplace in South Africa has grown considerably. There has been a plethora of new local and imported CBD products entering the market, and a healthy and vibrant marketplace has ensued. This brought about many entrepreneurial success stories and employment opportunities.

The public have enjoyed the freedom to choose CBD products freely and gain many benefits from them.

To date the SAHPRA has not conveyed any reservations about the safety concerns, or raised any compliance issues with industry bodies. The TNHA are not aware of any reported harms relating to CBD containing products in South Africa which warrant the substance being tossed back into the legal basket of high risk medications requiring a doctor’s prescription and supervision.

The only stumbling block for the local CBD industry over the past year has been the reluctance of the National Department of Health’s Food Control Directorate to approve CBD as an additive in foodstuffs and beverages, bringing us into alignment with other countries who have developed ‘edibles and drinkables’ markets.

WHERE TO NOW FOR CBD?

The SAHPRA has received various regulatory proposals for CBD and hemp seed oil from representative industry associations leading up to the expiry of the exemption notice.

With the expiry date of the exemption notice having come and gone our organization will now urgently attempt to engage with the SAHPRA and Minister of Health to seek the reasons for the lapse.

With the regulator’s heads wrapped up by COVID-19 and lockdown creating logistical challenges it is possible the deadline was an oversight, or the result of the SAHPRA and Minister not having the time to consider extending the exemption according to stakeholder proposals.

The CBD industry and millions of CBD consumers need clarity on the future status of CBD and its continued access Now!

Many people now rely on CBD for the maintenance of good health, and will undoubtedly suffer without continued free access to it. Other users may have experienced the reversal of serious health conditions. The harm created by arbitrarily removing the product from the free market without cogent scientific or risk-based reasons could result in being deleterious to health and place people’s health at risk. A risk which we believe far outweighs any potential risk of the substance itself under the existing low risk exemption framework.

Should no answer be forthcoming from the SAHPRA and Minister of Health in the near future, the TNHA will have no choice but to proceed with the court case we launched before the exemption.

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👍 I had no clue.. Thanks a lot for the information!

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This sucks big time, and have seen an advertisement on TV the last week or two for the new product of ADCO Pharmaceuticals, being it's all great CDB pill.

Again back to the big Corp Pharma. How silly.

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It's a shame, but we can still watch and check all sorts of product quality. Before buying, in any case, I first look at cbdcraftmasters.com reviews and reviews, and only then I risk buying them, because quality is the main thing for me. I am sure that soon everything will work out, and everything will be possible again.

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I'm a huge fan of relaxed high than regular high.
I like an intense euphoria with a mild body stone

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3 hours ago, TheUltimateNoob said:

I like an intense euphoria with a mild body stone

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I wanted to grow a high CBD strain but have never smoked a strain like that before. Didnt know what to expect, so i still have the seed on hand

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I wanted to grow a high CBD strain but have never smoked a strain like that before. Didnt know what to expect, so i still have the seed on hand
You won't 'feel' the CBD high.
I've smoked CBD rich strains... It's very relaxing in a way.
The buzz is medicated, and not intoxicating.

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