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Decision to revoke Cannibas Sativa permit receives condemnation

Friday, 13 January, 2017 - 07:15

Businessman Motlhaleemang Moalosi has condemned a decision to revoke his permit to import industrial hemp seeds, saying it is politically motivated.

The seeds, known as Cannibas Sativa, are used to make hemp seed oil which can be used for cooking, lamp, and other products. The plant is in the same family group with marijuana.

Moalosi was granted the license after a fierce battle with the Ministry of Agriculture despite strong objection from the Trade and Industry Ministry.

Now the Ministry of Agriculture has apparently made u-turn and cancelled the permit. Moalosi claims he received a phone call from regional authorities informing him that the permit has been revoked. The BCP activist claims there was political influence in the decision.

District Crop Production Officer in Francistown Mercy Chilume has however denied withdrawing Moalosi's permit.

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