Welcome to the Global Cannabis Compliance Podcast Series.

Because we have received so many requests from readers for more information about the topics we have been covering, we have decided to start a podcast series featuring in-depth discussions with experts.   Like the blog, the podcast series will cover all aspects of cannabis compliance including existing laws and proposed legislation in various countries and U.S. states, significant court cases and judicial decisions, enforcement trends, and best practices in compliance.  If you have any suggestions for podcast topics, please let us know.

Episode 1 – On the Cannabis Industry in Africa

Countries throughout the world are de-criminalizing the medical and recreational use of cannabis. Africa is no exception. Governments across the African continent are hoping that cannabis will help them diversify their economies and generate transactions in hard currency. In this initial podcast, Darryl Bernstein, a partner in Baker’s Johannesburg office, talks about the cannabis industry in Africa – where it is, where it is going and how the law may change to accommodate this developing industry.

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Darryl Bernstein is a partner and head of Baker McKenzie's Dispute Resolution Practice Group in Johannesburg, where he advises on the resolution of complex commercial disputes, regulatory compliance and investigations as well as contentious and non-contentious communications, media, privacy and technology matters.

Author

Tom Firestone is Co-Chair of the firm's North American Government Enforcement practice and is a member of the Firm's Global Compliance & Investigations Steering Committee. He represents clients in matters involving anti-corruption and the US Foreign Corrupt Practices Act (FCPA), internal investigations and transactional due diligence. He is also a member of the firm's Cannabis Review Committee and has advised clients on compliance issues related to cannabis.