Lesotho’s Ministry of Health has authorized Verve Dynamics, a South African company that manufactures herbal medicines and skincare products, to grow, process, and sell marijuana for medicinal purposes.
The announcement, which was made last week, makes Lesotho the first African country to legalize the use of marijuana for therapeutic purposes.
“Verve Dynamics is honoured to be the first company in Africa to have been granted regulatory approval to begin the process of growing and producing high quality cannabis extracts commercially,” Verve Dynamics said in a statement.
The company, which defines itself as a vegan-friendly producer of highly purified botanical extracts and specialty ingredients, added that the permit will be instrumental in the long-term development of the marijuana industry.
It also promised to invest in state of the art extraction equipment that will make Lesotho a leader in marijuana extraction and purification.