On May 23 2019, the minister of health published a notice in the Government Gazette that excluded certain preparations containing cannabidiol (CBD) from the operation of certain provisions of the Medicines and Related Substances Act, No 101 of 1965 (Medicines Act).

This exemption provided that CBD-containing products could be sold in the market without full registration as a medicine if it contains a maximum dose of 20mg of CBD, with an accepted low risk claim, or health claim only referring to things such as general health enhancement, without any reference to specific diseases, health maintenance or relief of minor symptoms not related to a disease or disorder...

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