People Are Paying Big Bucks to Open Marijuana Dispensaries In South Africa
Once the personal and private consumption of cannabis was decriminalised in South Africa, the industry began to take off and the market boomed – and opened up space to open a marijuana dispensary.
If you have the time, money and inclination – you can now grow your own. If you don’t have a green thumb, and you’re still hanging around shady parking lots at night, check out this idiots guide to buying weed online.
If you like a more personal touch, and aren’t a fan of your neighbourhood plug, South Africa’s first marijuana dispensaries are opening up for business near you. There are already around 70 branches operating across the country.
What is Canapax?
Canapax is a marijuana dispensary chain, almost like a franchise of sorts. IOL covered the popping up of these dispensaries:
“Canapax founder Russell de Beer said he is legally allowed to sell dagga as medicine because he is a traditional healer and operates under the Traditional Health Practitioners Act.
Many entrepreneurs have jumped on the idea, paying De Beer R25 000 to open up their own Canapax stores.
In the shops, such as the branches in Stellenbosch and Kalk Bay, customers can browse jars of cured bud and pay per gram. This contains THC, can be smoked for a psychoactive effect and is not broadly legal for trade – as opposed to CBD, which is not psychoactive and is legal for trade in certain concentrations.”
Customers don’t have to meet up with a traditional healer or declare any medical condition when purchasing weed. De Beer sees his stores as a public service.
“ “We have on our hands a medical emergency in South Africa,” De Beer said. “I’m trying to allow as many people as possible to self-medicate.”
In an interview with DQ Central, he said while cannabis is now decriminalised for personal growth and consumption, some people who would like to use it medicinally are not physically able to do the work of growing their own.