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Hemp: South African farmers left behind legalization plans

Par Vumani Mkhize BBC Africa Business, Amths

For generations, people from the Eastern Cape in South Africa have been making a living growing hemp. One might expect them to be the first to benefit from the legalization of this culture, but this is not necessarily the case.

Driving from Amthatha to the village of Dikikini in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province is a scenic drive filled with endless scenery, scattered farms and winding roads that meander through rolling green hills that one could easily mistake for cornfields – when anything else.

“It’s hashish,” my local guide and Greek cannabis activist Zweni told me. “Everyone here grows it, that’s how they make a living.”

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