South Africa has shipped its first commercial export of medical cannabis

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In another milestone for South Africa’s burgeoning cannabis industry, the first batch of medical-grade marijuana was recently shipped to Switzerland.

The cannabis was produced and exported by Felbridge – owned by the Zetler family, who are better known for their strawberry farms and have been farming in the Stellenbosch district for four generations. The Zetler family opened their cannabis division, Felbridge, in 2019 and have since become a leading South African medical cannabis cultivator and supplier.

Felbridge’s shipment of dry medical cannabis left for Switzerland last week and is the first of several planned shipments to Switzerland. This export follows the company’s historic first shipment of cannabis in-vitro tissue culture to a licensed producer in North Macedonia in May.

In a statement Felbridge CEO, Leslie Zetler, said that the company’s first commercial shipment of medical cannabis represents their most significant milestone to date, “We believe that we have taken a giant first step in answering the call of the president who, in his 2020 state of the nation address, called for the development of the local industry in line with global trends,” said Zetler.

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“It is a major achievement not only for our group but for the South African cannabis and hemp industry and it reinforces our belief that our genetics, which are developed using artificial intelligence breeding technologies, will continue to experience strong demand from the European market.”

In addition to producing cannabis, the company said it was also positioning itself to help other licensed cultivators to access the global market, “Our special focus will be on emerging farmers with the requisite skills, licensing and infrastructure to cultivate high-quality medical cannabis flower for export to our existing customers as well as establishing new markets for our products.”

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