Israel, Malta to receive first shipment as Uganda begins export of marijuana in 2020
London, Dec. 17, 2019 (AltAfrica)-Uganda will officially start exporting medicinal marijuana in March 2020 with the first batches going to Malta and Israel.
Aside the two countries, the Ugandan government has also closed a deal to export medicinal marijuana to Germany and Canada
According to the Ugandan government, the lucrative Marijuana business which is estimated at Sh11.1 trillion will benefit the country through creating employment opportunities, generating taxes, technology transfer, investment opportunities and trade surplus among others.
The medical marijuana comes courtesy of a partnership between Hemp Uganda and an Israeli firm, Together Pharma.
The partnership first began growing medical marijuana at a factory in Hima Town in 2014.
The factory sits on 12.5 acres of land and houses five greenhouses of marijuana weed and a processing factory.
Israel is known as a pioneer in cannabis research with government estimates that the economy could reap $285 million to $1.14 billion a year from the industry.
An estimated 50 Israeli medical marijuana companies work in cultivating plants or producing delivery devices for the drug in Israel, according to Reuters.
Benjamin Cadet, Director Industrial Hemp Uganda Limited, said the facility will produce several different varieties of medical marijuana for treatment of a number of health issues including skin ailments, chronic pain, epilepsy and cancer.