Cannabis law in Lesotho
Legal and Regulatory landscape
Cannabis and related products are regulated in terms of the Drugs of Abuse Act of 2008 and the licenses issued thereunder are regulated in terms of the newly published Drugs of Abuse (Cannabis) Regulations of 2018.
The Government of Lesotho is in the process of establishing the Lesotho Narcotics Bureau. The Bureau will be responsible for the issue and renewal of licenses. This is done in order to comply with the UN Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, 1961 related to drugs of abuse.
We offer a variety of skills within the cannabis industry ranging from regulatory counsel, business advice, corporate finance, corporate governance, mergers and acquisitions, tax, litigation and property structures.
We have advised clients with start-ups, establishing businesses, acquiring licenses, consulting with land owners, liaising with government and financial institutions.
Webber Newdigate consist of a team of dedicated legal professionals based in Lesotho with expertise related to cannabis law, commercial and property matters related to the cannabis market.
Corporate and Commercial
Albertus Kleingeld – firstname.lastname@example.org
Matseliso Letta Taka – email@example.com
Zurayda Mayet – firstname.lastname@example.org
Alex de Wet – email@example.com
Katleho David Phenduka – firstname.lastname@example.org
Webber Newdigate – Contact detail – 00266 2231 5811
Cannabis Association of Lesotho
On the 26th of September 2018, Webber Newdigate facilitated interaction between the drug operator license holders in order to examine the medicinal cannabis industry’s legislative framework and issues of mutual concern. An association was established named Pekoana which will become the principle advocate for the cannabis industry in Lesotho by voicing member concerns, promoting member interests and encouraging research, community development and skills.
Albertus Kleingeld, Zurayda Mayet, Tseli Taka and David Phenduka represented Webber Newdigate which has been appointed as the legal representatives and administrative body for the Association.
The Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities (DACO)
The Diasporic Alliance for Cannabis Opportunities (DACO) hosted a cannabis conference relating to the theme “seeking higher ground and equity in the industry” at the Temple University, Medical Center in Philadelphia
The conference was held over a 2 day period. Speakers from all over the world including cannabis growers, entrepreneurs and lawyers shared their experiences about the cannabis industry. Various subjects pertaining to the benefits, education engagement and legislative processes were discussed.
“The Purpose of the conference was to demystify the profession and culture in the cannabis industry in minority and marginalized communities globally in the African diaspora, while recreating a narrative of opportunities and restorative justice for the growth of the community in light of the massive shifts and associated stigma of the cannabis industry. presenters and legislators including PA State Senator Sharif Street, Philadelphia Mayor Jim Kenney, NJ Senator Cory Booker and Key Note Speaker Dr Chanda Macias participated in the conference discussing the laws, opportunities, restorative justice and cannabis reform”.