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Cannabis Events 2019

2018 was a busy year for cannabis, with important events like the legalisation of adult use of cannabis in Canada and the legalisation of hemp in the USA. These events undoubtedly had a profound effect on how cannabis is viewed around the world. The number of countries implementing medical cannabis laws is growing, even in the Asian region, as countries such as South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia are implementing medical cannabis legislation.

2019 is looking to be even bigger. If we look at the ever-growing number of cannabis related events happening this year, we can see a trend of exponential growth of business conferences, expos and hemp events. With so many event happening all over the world, it is essential to have an overview of all the major events happening each month in different countries.

If you are interested is specific regions, below are the links to posts that cover EU, Canada, USA and Latin America.

For a general overview of all the world cannabis events, you will find them below in chronological order. This way, you can choose which events to attend all year around (the dates are in DD.MM.YEAR format).

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DECEMBER

There will certainly be many more cannabis events announced during the year and I will add them accordingly. If I missed any relevant 2019 events, please let me know in the comments, so I can add them to the list.

USA Cannabis Events 2019

2019 is going to be one of the busiest years for cannabis in the USA, as is confirmed by the increasing number of cannabis related events happening in different parts of the country.

Last year’s legalization of hemp will have a huge impact on the number of hemp related events and will undoubtedly be a crop that many farmers looking at for its economic benefits and multipurpose use. There is an increase in business conferences and CBD related events, while the scientific conferences are still a few, but very professionally organized.

California is still the leader in the number of cannabis events, but other states are following and we are seeing events popping up all over north America. I you are interested in other cannabis events happening on the American continent, check out the Canadian Cannabis Events 2019 and Latin America Cannabis Events 2019 posts.

Below is a list of all the major USA 2019 cannabis events in chronological order (the dates are DD-MM-YEAR) with links to events official website. This is not a full list, as there will be many more events happening, especially during the second half of the year. I will be updating this list regularly to include all the missing events.

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September

October

December

With such a huge influx of cannabis events it won’t be difficult to find an event that suits your needs and is close to where you live. 2019 will be a great year for cannabis and hemp and I am looking forward to seeing how this industry develops over the next few years.

If I missed any relevant cannabis events, please let me know in the comment section, so I can add them to the list.

Canadian Cannabis Events 2019

Last year’s legalization of adult use of cannabis will undoubtedly have an effect on the number of cannabis related events in 2019. Canada is becoming a world leader in medical as well as recreational cannabis production and is in a way showing to the rest of the world, how to implement a professional and standardized cannabis market.

Most of the cannabis events are business related, with expos also having their part in the normalization of cannabis as a consumer product. There is a striking lack of scientific conferences, which should be addressed, as these types of events are the basis for scientific credibility of the cannabis plants potential therapeutic applications.

Below is a list of all the main 2019 Canadian cannabis events published so far. I am sure that more events will be announced as the year progresses and will add them as soon as their websites are live.  

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Cannabis Events 2019 in Canada

Below you will find more information about the specific events, in chronological order.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Winnipeg, 23-24.2.2019, Winnipeg

The HempFest Cannabis Expo provides an environment for industry pioneers, as well as new and existing consumers to learn more about one of North America’s fastest growing industries, and one of the world’s most valuable plants. Come to connect with fellow consumers, patients, industry members, entrepreneurs, job seekers and local leaders.  Leave with new relationships built, stories shared, the latest innovative products, and a ton of new knowledge on how the cannabis plant can benefit you and your community.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Edmonton, 2-3.3.2019, Edmonton

HempFest Canada has a variety of exhibitors, speakers and demonstrations that are guaranteed to spike the interest of every kind of cannabis lover!

Cannabis and Hemp Expo Calgary, 9-10.3.2019, Calgary

With the advancement of legalization, the Cannabis & Hemp Expo is an important step in showing the world the professionalism and maturity of the expanding industry. Join industry leaders from across Canada in an interactive forum educating on the latest technology, research and benefits of cannabis. Don’t miss comprehensive networking opportunities while exploring industry related exhibits as we build the foundation for the future of Cannabis in Canada.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Halifax 4:20, 20-21.4.2019, Halifax

Cannabis and Hemp Expo Edmonton, 27-28.4.2019, Edmonton

With the advancement of legalization, the Cannabis & Hemp Expo is an important step in showing the world the professionalism and maturity of the expanding industry. Join industry leaders from across Canada in an interactive forum educating on the latest technology, research and benefits of cannabis. Don’t miss comprehensive networking opportunities while exploring industry related exhibits as we build the foundation for the future of Cannabis in Canada.

O’cannabiz conference and expo, 25-27.4.2019, Toronto

The country’s premiere cannabis business conference & expo, O’Cannabiz is a gathering of the complete Canadian and International industry conducting high level networking under one roof. It is a full-spectrum cannabis B2B event that connects thousands of expert companies and brands integrated in the full 360 degrees of the industry. These include: lighting, nutrients, greenhouse construction and supplies, peer-reviewed agri-practices, lifestyle, medical and legal issues, marketing, the hiring of professionally trained growing staff, best financial and investment advice, quality control and market analyses. It is, in short, a buffet of best-business practices. And it’s your best opportunity to source… shop… network… and grow.

The Canadian Cannabis Summit, 30.5-1.6.2019, Calgary

The Canadian Cannabis Summit is the first conference in Western Canada to bring together medical and therapeutic professionals, policy makers and law enforcement, investment and business strategists, innovation, technology and community leaders.

Gain a competitive and comprehensive perspective of the emerging cannabis industry essential for budding or seasoned entrepreneurs, academics and professionals.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Hamilton, 1-2.6.2019, Hamilton

CBD Expo Canada 2019, 7-8.6.2019, Vancouver

Powered by CBD Health and Wellness Magazine, CBD Expo Canada is the first and only show tour dedicated entirely to CBD that is not a competing producer of CBD products to it’s exhibitors. The event will feature more than 90 exhibitors, along with a large lineup of educational presentations and panel discussions from experts in the research, production, distribution and sale of CBD products. CBD Expo Mountain will also feature a Tech Pavilion, which will focus exclusively on data-driven companies full of automation in the CBD industry. Open to the public, everyone is invited, from casual consumers to cannabis and hemp derived CBD entrepreneurs and professionals.

Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo Toronto 2019, 7-9.6.2019, Toronto

Featuring over 200 exhibitors from across North America and Europe, main stage talks by cannabis thought leaders, live cooking and growing demos, and a cannabis career fair, the Lift & Co. Cannabis Expo is your chance to learn more about the fast-paced world of cannabis.

On June 7, the day before the consumer weekend begins, we invite cannabis professionals to participate in Lift & Co.’s Industry Day, when exhibitors and others in the industry can network and engage in business development before the general public hits the show floor.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Saskatoon, 22-23.6.2019, Saskatoon

GrowUp Conference 2019, 12-14.9.2019, Niagara Falls

Grow Up Conference and Expo is focused on the education, collaboration and growth of the cannabis growing industry. Meet licensed producers, suppliers, equipment manufacturers, investors, lawyers, government officials and growing enthusiasts – all in one magnificent location.

Montreal Cannabis Expo, 3-4.10.2019, Montreal

Quebec’s leading business Expo for the cannabis industry. This is a perfect opportunity to join in the discussion about how Canadian businesses can thrive in the fast-growing medical marijuana business. Showcase and sell your products and services to businesses actively working in the industry. This is a must-attend event for anyone working in cannabis, or looking to get involved in the space. It is a great opportunity to meet other cannabis professionals and thought leaders, and kick-start meaningful conversations, relationships and deals.

The event will showcase exhibitors that work with the medicinal use of cannabis. Industry workers can share information, solutions and get their questions answered and find resources and best practices to utilize Cannabis to treat health issues including chronic pain and other ailments.

Hempfest Cannabis Expo Calgary, 12-13.10.2019, Calgary

If I missed any relevant Canadian cannabis events, please let me know in the comment section.

Latin America Cannabis Events 2019

This is a preliminary list of all the major Latin America 2019 cannabis events, including expos, scientific and business conferences. As many events usually take place later in the year, this list will be updated when the websites go live.

February

Cannatech Panama, 13-14.2.2019, Panama

April

Cannamexico 2019, 25-26.4.2019, Guanajuato, Mexico

May

June

Cannabis Business Latin America, 25-26.6.2019, Santiago, Chile

July

CannabiSalud 2019, 13-15.7.2019, Mexico City, Mexico

Below you will find more information on the specific events and links to their official websites.

Cannatech Panama, 13-14.2.2019, Panama

CannaTech brings the world’s highest calibre players in the fields of science, medicine, finance, agri-tech, innovation and government policy together with a singular focus on medicinal cannabis and all the opportunity within. CannaTech showcases the companies and ideas at the forefront of the global cannabis industry.

Join us at CannaTech Panama for high level networking and sophisticated cannabis conversation with cannabis leaders and experts from around the globe. Become a part of the CannaTech family – and the wider global cannabis ecosystem.

Cannamexico 2019, 25-26.4.2019, Guanajuato, Mexico

The debate on the legalization of cannabis should be on the agenda of the national future.

Centro Fox has assumed the historic responsibility of being a place of convergence of ideas and treatment of public policies that contribute to the development of our country, raising the voice in vanguard issues with a view to the future of Mexico.

Do not miss this April 25 and 26 the watershed event that will unleash the potential of an industry in Mexico!

Cannabiz Latino HUB, 2.5.2019, Bogotá, Colombia

1st Cannabis Investment Summit in Latin America!

Cannabiz Latino HUB is a platform built to promote and explore the investment opportunities in the fast-paced, growing market and network with an exclusive audience – the very best of the industry.

Cannabiz Latino HUB is set to be the conference of choice for regional and global sovereign wealth funds, family offices, private and institutional investors, high-level fund managers and economists.

Cannabis Science Symposium of the Americas, 2-4.5.2019, Bogotá, Colombia

Cannaciencia is the cannabis science Symposium of the Americas, a two day scientific experience that gathers the world most renowned cannabis scientists, academics, doctors, nurses, pharmacists, industry insiders, policy makers, entrepreneurs and cutting age technology. This Symposium is designed to provide state-of-the-art education and training on the world advancements in the medicinal cannabis field.

ExpoCannaBiz Cartagena, 9-1.5.2019, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia

Cartagena mostly known as The Heroic City, has been selected to host ExpoCannaBiz Business & Conference. For the first business Expo for Cannabis industry in Colombia and South America.

This expo is the opportunity to connect your company with hundreds of professionals in the Cannabis World, investors and hundreds of exhibitors, in a big event made for industry professionals by Cannabis professionals.

Cannabis Business Latin America, 25-26.6.2019, Santiago, Chile

The Global Event on the Development of the Cannabis and Hemp Market

CannabiSalud 2019, 13-15.7.2019, Mexico City, Mexico

CannabiSalud is a two-day conference with information on the medical use of the cannabis plant specifically geared towards medical professionals like doctors, nurses, therapists, and pharmacists.

The cannabis plant has been thoroughly studied in the last decades and research has been able to demonstrate its therapeutic benefits to the endocannabinoid system and other important systems of the human body.  Scientific studies in animals and humans have shown potential benefits in different conditions like: epilepsy, multiple sclerosis, chronic pain, migraines, fibromyalgia, neuroinflammation, psychosis, osteoporosis, diabetes, different types of cancer to name a few…

Other LATAM cannabis events

I am sure we will see many more cannabis events happening in Latin America as the year progresses. I will update the list regularly and if you are aware of an event that I missed, pleas do remind me in the comment section.

European Cannabis Events 2019

The most comprehensive and updated list of all the major European 2019 Cannabis Events; cannabis expo, scientific, business and hemp conferences.

Cannabis is gaining worldwide attention, as more countries are beginning to implement medical cannabis and recreational laws. The European cannabis market is steadily growing and the interest in gaining knowledge about cannabis in at an all-time high (no pun intended).

The number of cannabis event in Europe in 2019 has increased, as some organizers are expanding their conferences to different European countries (ICBC, Cannabis Europa), and other biennial conferences are returning this year (IACM, GRC).

With so many choices this year, the planning, promoting and quality of organization will be critical components of a good cannabis event. Last year, some events were cancelled, due to financial problems, mainly lack of sponsors, and schedule problems. Before determining the date of an event it is essential to check for similar events happening in EU as well as in other countries.

Below you will find a list of all the major cannabis 2019 EU events. Some events still need to update their pages, other will be announced later in the year. I will try to keep the list updated as much as possible, so you will have the most comprehensive guide on European 2019 cannabis events.

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You can find more detailed information about the specific events in the following section where I have divide all the events into 4 categories for a more focused search. The categories are:

  • Cannabis Business conference EU 2019
  • Cannabis Expo EU 2019
  • Cannabis Scientific Conference EU 2019
  • Hemp Conference EU 2019

Cannabis Business Conferences EU 2019

Future Cannabis Strategies Europe 2019, 29-30.1.2019, London, UK

Future Cannabis Strategies Europe will bring together strategic business leaders from across the wider European Consumer-Facing Cannabis products category, this includes CBD/ Cannabis Products & Devices, Beverages, Tobacco, Cosmetics & Nutraceuticals, together with solution providers for 2 days of insight, discussion and debate into how manufacturers can:

  • Understand consumer trends & demands from European cannabis derived product consumers
  • Identify opportunities to introduce Cannabis/ Hemp infused products into existing products
  • Review recent product innovation to understand how market trends are adapting
  • Introduce the ‘Cannabis Products Directive’ to explain how this affects and regulates the industry across Europe

Cannabis Europa 8.2.2019, Paris, France

On the 8th of February 2019, the brightest and best from the medical cannabis industry will convene at the historic Maison de la Chimie in Paris for a one-day event. With attitudes towards cannabis changing in France and movement towards regulation stirring, now is the time to visit the City of Light.

The Most Important Event on the Development of the Cannabis and Hemp Market in France. Through a mix of case-study presentations, interactive roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions and hands-on workshops you will gain a diverse and inspiring perspective on the digital future. The multi stream format allows you to move freely between the conferences and choose the sessions of most interest and relevance. Create your program from the case studies and interactive round tables.

ICBC Barcelona 2019, 14.3.2019, Barcelona, Spain  

Join us at the Auditori de Cornellà in Barcelona to learn about doing cannabis business in Europe and network with the top companies and agencies in today’s new marketplace.

ICBC Berlin 2019, 31.3–2.4.2019, Berlin, Germany

Learn about doing cannabis business in Germany and network with the top companies and agencies in today’s new marketplace.

Cannabis Business France 2019, 9-10.4.2019, Paris, France

The most important event on the development of the cannabis and hemp market in France.

MJBizDaily’s European Cannabis Symposium, 6.5.2019, Copenhagen, Denmark

MJBizDaily’s European Cannabis Symposium gathers leaders in the business, research and legislation of Europe’s medical marijuana and hemp market for an intensive one-day event in Copenhagen, Denmark. Marijuana and hemp professionals will get an overview of industry structures and standards as well as insight into emerging investment and business opportunities.

Learn about the latest in tech, scientific research and potential impacts on global markets. Engage with case studies and explore different market structures across the European Union while preparing for potential future scenarios and impacts, including block chain, pharmaceutical advancements and investment trends. This is where serious players in the European market will gather to network, learn and connect.

ICBC Zurich 2019, 15-16.5.2019, Zurich, Switzerland

The International Cannabis Business Conference will be held on Thursday,16 May. Early Bird tickets include all speaker sessions and exhibitor area and entry to an exclusive private after-party on Thursday night.

Cannabis Europa 24-25.6.2019, London, UK

Mark your calendars, Cannabis Europa is back with its flagship two day event in London on the 24th and 25th June 2019

Cannabis Expo’s EU 2019

Athens Cannabis Expo 2019, 11-13.1.2019

The purpose of the event is to inform the public about all the products and innovations that exist in the world of cannabis and the latest achievements in the medical, pharmaceutical and industrial use of cannabis. Come to get to know all the innovative companies that are active in the cannabis sector with many different products and services such as CBD (Cannabidiol), cosmetics, cocktails, seeds, medical, vaporizers, clothing and many more.

Canapa Mundi 15-17 February 2019, Rome, Italy

What is Canapa Mundi? It is the International Fair which has been bringing in Rome hemp fragrance and taste since 2015: the biggest event in Italy in exponential growth, the only officially recognized as International. In 2017: 7.500m², 120 stands, 23,000 attendances, 6,000 accredited professionals. In 2018: 9,000m², 150 stands, a relevant increase of visitors is expected.

Spanabis Barcelona, 15-17 March, Barcelona, Spain

Spannabis is the reference trade show for the cannabis sector worldwide.
Sixteen years of culture, innovation and cannabis industry, hand in hand with the most outstanding brands of the moment.

Konopex Ostrava,19.-21. 4. 2019, Ostrava, Czech Republic

The expositions dedicated to cannabis, seeds, indoor and outdoor techniques, as well as expositions focused on garden technology and other medicinal herbs will be prepared for you.

You will learn a lot of interesting information and news about the use of cannabis in medicine, construction, industry, or among animals. Vaporizers and smokers’ enthusiasts will also be there. Here you will find everything you want to know and need to buy for the coming growing season.

You can also look forward to a rich accompanying program, including lectures, conferences, conferences or hemp exchanges where you can discuss and trade with renowned experts. Last but not least, there are workshops, competitions and afterparty for you.

Hanfexpo – Erste Wiener Hanfmesse 2019, 26-28.4.2019, Vienna, Austria

For the first time a hemp fair will take place from 26-28 April 2019 in the MARX HALLE in Vienna. More than 140 exhibitors from Austria and abroad will present the latest trends on the hemp market, all in a 13,000 m² large venue. On display will be a large number of products for cultivation, care, fertilisation and the protection of plants. In addition cosmetics, clothing, food and literature with countless other novelties and sensations that are waiting for you around the hemp plant. A special focus is on the field of medicine with numerous lectures to round off the varied programme.

Expogrow 2019, 26-28.4.2019, Irun, Spain

The 8th edition of the EXPOGROW cannabis fair is held on Friday 26, Saturday 27 and Sunday 28 of APRIL 2019, maintaining the same venue, the FICOBA Irun fairground (Guipúzcoa – Euskadi).

During these 7 editions, EXPOGROW has consolidated itself as “Much more than a Cannabis Fair” and now wants to go further. The last weekend of April 2019 is going to become ” LA GRAN FIESTA DEL CANNABIS” that you can not miss.

CannaTrade, 17-19. 5 .2019, Zürich, Switzerland

Welcome to CannaTrade, Europe’s oldest hemp fair! The history of CannaTrade begins in 2001, when the international cannabis trade fair CannaTrade was held in the halls of the BEA Expo in Bern for the first time from the “Swiss Hemp Days”. In 2008, CannaTrade moved to Basel for two editions and until 2016 it took place every two years in the Stadthalle Dietikon / Zurich. It has been held annually since 2018, in Hall 622 in Zurich-Oerilkon.

Mary Jane Berlin 2019, 21-23.6.2019, Berlin, Germany

Mary Jane Berlin starts it fourth edition in Berlin – with over 9,000 m2 of hall space and 5,000 m2 of outdoor space is “Mary Jane Berlin” the leading German Cannabis exhibition with more than 250 international exhibitors and 25,000 visitors. “Mary Jane Berlin” is not only an exhibition but also a festival. In combination with our exhibitors, Beach Area & Badeschiff, food stalls, live concerts and lectures about cannabis’ therapeutic effects an extensive cultural and entertainment program is offered. As a visitor of Mary Jane Berlin, we inform you about the variety of THE green power plant – as food, cosmetic, building material, medicine and much more!

Europe CBD Expo London 2019, 12-13.7.2019, London, UK

Welcome to Europe’s largest CBD Expo, 4000 square meters, 81 exhibitors including producers, manufacturers and distributors. This Expo is solely for CBD products, helping businesses connect and understand the CBD industry.

Respectable researchers, scientists, ag-tech, pharma experts, regulators, investors, entrepreneurs and 80 exhibitors will share their knowledge about the flourishing medicinal cannabis industry at Europe CBD Expo, Britain’s first-ever international Medicinal Cannabis and Cannabinoids Trade Show and Conference.

The B2B event will take place on Friday, 12th July at The ExCeL London, followed by consumer day on 13th July.

Companies, entrepreneurs, researchers, investors, clinicians, nurses, consumers, will meet at Europe CBD Expo to connect and learn about opportunities in the booming medical cannabis market as well as show the latest products, technologies and research in the field and the latest in regulatory development across the legal cannabis markets.

Attendees will also have the opportunity to participate in panel discussions from experts in the research, development, and distribution of cannabinoids and medicinal cannabis products.

The Trade Show will feature 80 hand selected companies that have met the Expo’s strict participation criteria, an independent laboratory testing of Cannabinoids and Medicinal Cannabis levels, full unique terpene profile and test for microbiological contamination, heavy metals and pesticides, as well as reputational and ethical criteria.

The Conference will focus on discussions by the world’s leading names and industry experts in the cannabis and cannabinoids spheres.

CannaFair 2019, 23-25.8.2019, Dusseldorf, Germany

The cannabis industry in Europe and Germany has experienced a noticeable upswing in recent years.
Now the time is ripe for a cannabis fair in North Rhine-Westphalia, Germany’s biggest state and one of the most populous areas of Europe. The CannaFair would like to contribute to this upswing trend from 2019 onwards and offer all cannabis companies the best possible platform to present themselves and their products.

Product Earth Expo 2019, 23-25.8.2019, Coventry, UK

Product Earth Expo is the UK’s Only Cannabis and Hemp, Music, Exhibition, Seminar and Camping festival. Aimed at educating the public, sharing innovation and promoting the progress of the UK Cannabis and Hemp Industries. The 2 day camping weekend includes seminars, live music, DJ’s and exhibitors.

North Grow Expo , 6-8.9.2019, Herning, Denmark

Cultiva, 10-13.10.2019, Vienna, Austria  

Canapa in Mostra, 25-27.10.2019, Naples, Italy

The industrial and medical cannabis fair.

Cannadouro 2019, 23-24.11.2019, Porto, Portugal


The 3rd CANNADOURO EDITION will be held on 23 and 24 November 2019 again at the Alfandega do Porto, the old customs of Oporto, considered the best Congress Center in Europe awarded the Business Destinations Travel Awards in 2014, 2015 and 2017.

The exhibition space of this year’s edition will again be occupied by national and international companies related to the current uses of cannabis and that represent all the innovative and business capacity of this sector in a strong worldwide expansion.

The conferences continue to be a commitment by Cannadouro to promote the public debate and within civil society regarding the use of hemp in all its aspects: industrial, recreational and medicinal.

Cannabis Scientific Conferences EU 2019

STCM Conference 3.0 2019 «Medical Cannabis Today and Tomorrow» , 19.1.2019

After the very successful conference 1.0 of the year 2013 and 2.0 in 2016, the STCM conference 3.0 2019 aims again at presenting current basic scientific, clinical, legal and regulatory facts and trends, serving as base for an objective discussion of the re-medicalisation of Cannabinoids and Cannabis products. In addition, the market regulation for recreational use is discussed. The conference addresses to medical professionals, scientists, caregivers, patients, patient organisations, politicians, regulatory authorities, media people, and the broad public.

The 2nd International Annual Congress on Controversies on Cannabis-Based Medicines,23-24.5.2019, Barcelona, Spain

Med-Cannabis2019 follows the success of the first Congress held in Vienna and will continue to address the many controversies surrounding cannabis-based medicines. Strong public and patient demand has led to the decision to allow cannabis products for medical use in most European countries. There is a lot of basic-science and clinical research on the potential use of cannabis products for chronic pain and cancer management as well as controversies on the potential harms.

This Congress will bring together researchers, clinicians, trialists, methodologists, industry professionals, the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction, and national cannabis agencies to update the current state of knowledge and of controversies and to outline some visions of the potential of cannabis based medicines.

Cannabinoid Function in the CNS (Gordon Research Seminar) -Dissecting the Roles and Functions of Plant-Derived Cannabinoids, 20–21.7.2019, Castelldefels, Spain

The Gordon Research Seminar on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS is a unique forum for graduate students, post-docs, and other scientists with comparable levels of experience and education to present and exchange new data and cutting edge ideas. This edition of the GRS on Cannabinoid Function in the CNS will focus on plant-derived cannabinoids.

Cannabinoid Function in the CNS – Gordon Research Conference, July 21 – 26, 2019, Castelldefels, Spain

Better Maps for the Retrograde Route: Molecular, Synaptic and Circuit Mechanisms Opening Novel Avenues for Cannabinoid Research to Leap from Bench to Bedside the major objective of the 2019 “Cannabinoid Function in the CNS” Gordon Research Conference is to showcase unpublished research data addressing the burning questions of cannabinoid research thereby stimulating the life science community to focus on solving these pending challenges

The IACM Conference 2019, 31.10-2.11.2019, Berlin, Germany.

The IACM Conference 2019 will be held on October 31 – November 2, 2019, at Estrel Hotel, Berlin, Germany.

Portugal Medical Cananbis 2019, 8-9.11 Lisbon, 22-23.11.2019, Porto, Portugal

Portugal Medical Cannabis 2019 is organized by the Portuguese Observatory of Medicinal Cannabis. The OPCM is a non-profit association of scientific nature, which aims to study cannabis and its derivatives for the benefit of patients.

The event will take place in Lisbon — November 8th and 9th — and Porto — November 22nd and 23rd and will include Conferences, Workshops for Health Professionals and Parallel Sessions for the general public.

Hemp Conference EU 2019

Hemp & CBD Expo: Birmingham, 2-3.3.2019, Birmingham, UK

The Hemp and CBD Expo will be held in Hall 18 of the Birmingham NEC, one of the UK’s most prestigious and dynamic venues. We aim to provide a fantastic weekend event over the 2nd and 3rd of March. The professional environment coupled with the opportunity for both education and enjoyment means our event is sure to be a hit, no matter what your reason for attending. Both B2B and B2C guests are encouraged to join us at what will be the first dedicated Hemp and CBD event the UK has ever seen!

Hempfest: Milan, 3-5.5.2019, Milan, Italy  

4.20 HEMP FEST has become the first International Cannabis Expo of Milan, Italy’s most important market within the industry. In the 4th edition of 4.20 HEMP FEST, you’ll be to enjoy three days of music, art, culture, hemp food, talks and conferences with international companies and new products of the sector.

Many more events will be announced later this year and I will add them to the list. If I missed any relevant cannabis 2019 events please let me know in the comments, so I can add them to the list.

Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis 2018

2018 was an eventful year for Canada; not only did they legalize recreational use of cannabis but the Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis took place for the first time outside of Leiden. This was a great opportunity to share valuable information about all aspects of medical cannabis to Canadians and anyone else who was willing to join us in from the 28th of October to the 2nd of November in Ottawa.

For those who are not familiar with the Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis, it is a 5-day intense course on all aspects of medical cannabis presented by some of the most renowned cannabis experts. As Dr. Arno Hazekamp, the founder creator of this course, likes to put it; it is a guided tour into cultivation, research and development of medical cannabis, a meet and greet with diverse professionals, and a place where you can ask questions, share insights and learn from other cannabis enthusiasts.

Ottawa, here we come!

The timing of the Masterclass was strategically planed, just a 2 weeks after Canada just legalized the recreational use of cannabis. Now, one expect that this meant you could legally buy cannabis in specialized shops – one would be wrong. To my surprise, the local government decided to only allow the selling of cannabis trough online stores, as brick and mortar stores would be allowed to operate only from April 2019. Despite these limitations, as predicted by many, there was a shortage of cannabis and cannabis products, and most shops, that actually were allowed to sell, run out of products in just a few days. We have seen this scenario happening in many times and yet nobody seems to learn from it.

The venue was the Novotel hotel, situated in downtown Ottawa right next to a labyrinth 4-story mall, where I got lost a few times, and the delightful ByWard market, full of restaurants, delicatessen and grocery stores. The weather was a bit gloomy, not ideal for sightseeing but good enough for keeping us in the classroom, where the learning commenced.

The program

The Masterclass is divide in to 5 main sections or the 5 P’s; Plant, Product, Patient, Physician and Policy. Each presentation was talking about one of the 5P’s

From top left to right: Dr. W. Brent R. Pollock , Nick Pateras and Dr. Ernie Small

This year we had the opportunity to listen to learn from some of the most influential cannabis experts (Dr. Ernie Small, Dr. John McPartland, Dr. Jahan Marcu), with a particular emphasis on Canada, as many presenters were locals (Prof. Lakshmi P. Kotra, Dr. Caroline MacCallum, Dr. W. Brent R. Pollock ), who provided us with specific insights on the Canadian cannabis situation (Mike McGuire, Dr. Bruno Battistini).

From left to right Dr. Bruno Battistini, Dr. Chris Spooner and Dr. Caroline MacCallum

Of all the great presentations and presenters, I will mention just two that stayed in my mind; Dr. Mike Dixon and Dr. Chris Spooner.

From left to right: Tal Lupo , Yewande Okuleye and Mike McGuire

Dr. Mike Dixon took us on a journey into the future, as alluded in the title of his presentation “Applications of Space Exploration Technologies in Medical Cannabis Production”. Most of us already know, that for producing standardized medical cannabis (cannabis flos), it has to be grown in a closed environment where you can monitor all the environmental aspects and achieve homogenous growing conditions. This is due to the fact that phytocannabinoids and terpenes are secondary metabolites, that the plant produces as an adaptation to environmental factors. Mike has taken this to another level with the help of space technology to finely tune and monitor, every aspect of plant growth and the impacts these changes can have on plant morphology and the production of secondary metabolites. Light, CO2, oxygen, nutrients, water, temperature, and air quality, are all important factors, that can be modulated, to achieve stability and maximal yields of the desired constituents. It was fascination to see, how different wavelength of light, in different areas of the plant, had such a profound effect on the production of certain cannabinoids, terpenes and terpenoids. I am confident, that the implementation of this type of technology will greatly improve the standardized medical cannabis quality.

From top left to right: Joscha Krauss, Gregor Zorn and Dr. Mike Dixon

Dr. Chris Spooner presentation “Integrative Cannabinoid Therapeutics” gave us an insight into the endocannabinoidi system as a master regulator of our body’s homeostasis and how, via different mechanisms, we can help it in its important task. Several studies have shown that nutritional deficiencies can impair ECS function and integrating omega-3 fats, vitamin d and methylated B vitamins, can improve the overall efficacy of this crucial system. The gut microbiome also has an essential role in health, as these beneficial microorganisms have important roles in various aspects of our health. It is refreshing to see a doctor with such a holistic approach and I wish more physicians would embrace this kind of integrative treatment, that has been successfully used for centuries but was systematically eradicated and replaced by modern age allopathic treatment.

From top left to right Miri Ogintz, Prof. Lakshmi P. Kotra and Roy Upton

The information that all the presenters delivered was highly appreciated by the class of 2018 and they also had the possibility of continuing the conversation with the speakers, further deepening the knowledge of all the interesting cannabis subjects.

Filed trip to Smith Falls

The last day of the Masterclass is reserved for a visit to a licensed producer. Usually the visit was to Bedrocan’s facility in the Netherlands, but this year, being in Canada, we visited Canopy Growth and its facility in Smith Falls, just an hour away from Ottawa.

Bruce Lipton, the CEO of Canopy Growth at Smith Falls
The visit to Tweed

Bruce Linton , the CEO of Canopy Growth, introduced us to the Canopy’s beginnings, its current situation and future plans. We had a tour of the various rooms, where cannabis is cloned, grown and made into its final products. We also took a tour of the Cannabis museum, where I found myself teaching the guides about the ECS, cannabinoids, terpenes and their interactions.

Being the last day of the Masterclass, we had a farewell dinner, where besides having a great time, the students of 2018 also got their certificates, officially adding them to our Masterclass family.

Conclusion and MMC 2019

Once again, the Masterclass 2018 was a fantastic event, a gathering of old friends and new acquaintances, full to the brim with interesting information, people and a time to enjoy likeminded professionals with cannabis as the glue that held it all together.

What about the future? The Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis will return in 2019, this time expanded to both continents.It is still too early to divulge the details so be sure to follow this blog and the Masterclass page for updates.

Cannabicum 2018 – The Hungarian Medical Cannabis Conference

The historical city of Budapest hosted an important conference in early September of this year. Organized by the Hungarian Medical Cannabis Association (MOKE), Cannabicum took place over 2 days and provided important information about all aspects of medical cannabis. The conference was divided into two days; the first day was dedicated to medical professionals while the second was dedicated to patients.

Day 1

The program of the first day was an introduction to medical cannabis for medical professionals, politicians and other professionals wanting to know about this emerging field. It attracted people form all over Hungary, showing the demand for quality scientific information about medical cannabis.

From left to right: Dr. Pavel Pachta, Dr. Eva Milz and Gregor Zorn

Miki Szelestei, the president of MOKE, launched the conference with his introductory speech followed by Peter Sarosi who presented a historical review of medical cannabis in Hungary. Dr. Pavel Pachta gave us some important information about the legal situation of medical cannabis in the world, the recent Expert Committee on Drug Dependence (ECDD) special session dedicated to carrying out pre-reviews of cannabis and cannabis-related substances and the potential changes it might have on the global level (you can find out more about the session here). I did a presentation about the endocannabinoid system and its important role health which was a great introduction to Dr. Bilkei-Gorzó András talk about the therapeutic possibilities of cannabis in Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia.

From left to right: Kardos Tamás , Dr. Gil Lewitus and Dr. Bilkei-Gorzó András

After the lunch break, Miki Szelestei talked about the current hurdles of obtaining medical cannabis in Hungary and why it has to change. Dr. Gil Lewitus, a researcher from the Technion in Israel, presented interesting information on the importance of various combinations of various cannabis constituents in the treatment of nervous system disorders and autism.

For the last part of the day, I had a medical cannabis workshop/course for medical professionals, where I presented some important topics about cannabis constituents, methods of intake, dosing, tolerance, drug interactions, synthetic cannabinoids, toxicity, and side effects.

DAY 2

The second day was dedicated to helping patients understand the basics of medical cannabis therapies and giving them a chance to ask specific questions. Dr. Bonni Goldstein had a very insightful presentation about her experience with treating children with epilepsy, autism and ADHD. I then talked about the constituents of cannabis and their potential therapeutic use followed by DR. Eva Miltz who talked about her experience with cannabinoids in psychiatry. Kardos Tamás presented the current situation of medical cannabis programs in Europe.

The last part of the second day was focused on the possibilities of developing a medical cannabis program in Hungary, with talks from Horváth József and dr. Papp Szidónia on their experience with cannabinoid treatments, as well as patients sharing their own personal experiences with CBD preparations. This was especially important, as the audience could ask questions and also share their frustrations, fears and experiences, with the current situation of medical cannabis in their country.

CONCLUSION

The Cannabicum medical cannabis conference was a success and fulfilled its main objectives in education and informing medical professionals, patients and attendees about medical cannabis and it’s many uses.

The conference was executed very professionally, thanks to the dedication of a small group of very passionate people – Miki, Rita, Richárd, Borbála, Hanna, Timea, Péter and Ábrahám – the members of MOKE. Great job guys!

I would also like to thank all the other people who were crucial in the organisation and technical aspects of the conference and a special shootout goes to the two interpreter ladies, who had a daunting task in translating all the technical stuff, that we cannabis geeks like to talk about.

This is only the first part of this Hungarian story and I am confident the Cannabicum will become a staple in the European medical cannabis conference circuit.

European Cannabis Events 2018 August-December

The first half of 2018 has been packed with cannabis expos, symposiums and business events, showing us that there is a rising interest in these types of events in Europe. Record breaking attendances, sold out events and thousands of curious, knowledge seeking attendees, have demonstrated that this industry is growing exponentially in the EU, as well as worldwide.

New events are popping up all over Europe, so I decide to make a list of the events leading to 2019.

I listed the events by month and colour coded them, for better comprehension:

  • Business
  • Expo
  • Science/Education

August

Cannabis business Europe, 27-28 August , Frankfurt, Germany

The European Event on the Development of the Cannabis and Hemp Market.

Cannabis business Europe will offer a mix of case-study presentations, interactive roundtable discussions, Q&A sessions and hands-on workshops you will gain a diverse and inspiring perspective on the digital future. The multi stream format allows you to move freely between the conferences and choose the sessions of most interest and relevance. Create your program from the case studies and interactive round tables.

 September

North Grow Cannabis Expo, 7-9 September, Copenhagen, Denmark

We proudly invite you to the first Cannabis Expo on Scandinavian soil.

It is our ambition to organize an International event, to inform the Scandinavians about the benefits of Cannabis and Hemp. We hope to raise awareness about Cannabis with a 3 day event that offers exhibitors, speakers, debates and entertainment – right here in Copenhagen!

Cannabicum – Hungarian Medical Cannabis Conference, 8-9 September, Budapest, Hungary

The main objective of the Hungarian Medical Cannabis conference is to present the potential of medical use of cannabis, its international experience and the latest research results with the widest possible range of society; and to launch a wide-ranging social consultation on the possibilities of developing the Hungarian Cannabis program.

During the two-day event, the lectures of the area’s domestic and international experts will alternate with roundtable discussion on various themes.

Expogrow, 14-16 September, Irun, Spain

September 14th, 15th and 16th is marked in green on the calendar of professionals, cannabis industry experts, worldwide companies and those visitors eager to know the new advances of the sector that will be exhibited at EXPOGROW.

A unique trade show that never stops growing and innovating since its first edition in 2012.

The 7th edition will take place once again at the fairgrounds of Ficoba, in the frontier town of Irún. With its 5000 m2 divided in 4 pavilions and 7000 m2 outdoors, Expogrow is the largest cannabis fair in Europe.

Regarding the exhibition brands, in Expogrow you will find the most relevant seeds banks, growshops, distributors, growing products, accessories, lighting, fertilizers, etc… as well as new products made out of CBD, vaporizers or the novelties in machinery and technology.

Salonica Cannabis Expo 2018, 28-30 September, Thessaloniki, Greece

The International Cannabis Expo travels to Northern Greece, and specifically in Thessaloniki, from 28 to 30 September 2018 and invites you to Porto Palace, in order not only to teach you everything you didn’t know about this precious plant, but also to meet all the Greek and foreign professionals and their medical and industrial products. Our goal is for all patients to get in touch with each other as well as with the ventures that already operate in Greece with foreign innovative companies, so that they may exchange ideas, perspectives and expertise.

More than 70 exhibitors and a big variety of products such as: pharmaceutical products, food products, clothing, cosmetics, vaporizers, seeds, building materials, agriculture and industrial equipment and applications, are some of the innovations that the visitors of Salonica Cannabis Expo will get to experience.

October

Cultiva Hemp Expo, 12-14 October, Veinna, Austria

Here all revolves around the useful and medical plant hemp, including novelties and innovations concerning the – wrongly bedeviled – recreational and medical use, the usage as sustainable natural resource and of course also hemp as precious superfood.

The exhibitor list for Cultiva 2018 is complete and can be viewed on our online stand map. Various exhibitors with the thematic focal points CBD, seeds, grow, head, equipment, food, cosmetics, building materials and much more will be represented with booths. Workshops, Live-shows, innovations and product presentations as well as special offers, round off the program.

Cannapa in Mostra, 26-28 October, Naples, Italy

Cannapa in Mostra proposes hemp as an ecological resource in the agrarian, energetic, medical, recreational, textile, paper and bioconstruction industry, and in every other aspect and possible use, trying to demolish the socio-cultural preconception that goes against his real and massive re-introduction in the Italian context.

There are a lot of possible uses for this plant, but with the progress of technology and of scientific discoveries, they could be unlimited, furthermore the incessant request of new eco-friendly technologies asks for new researches on this adaptable material.

The purpose of the organization is to let people and institutions know about the potentialities of the hemp, and to restore the old tradition that links our country to the hemp, specifically the region called Campania, trying to bring togheter workers, experts, enthusiastic and whoever is intrigued by this rising and growing industry, allowing them to grow and to exchange knowledge.

November

EuroAmerican Cannabis Business Conference, 1–2 November 2018, Prague, Czech Republic

EuroAmerican Cannabis Business Conference

November 1-2, 2018

PVA EXPO PRAHA Letňany

International Cannabis B2B Conference in the Heart of Europe

Cannafest, 2-4 November, Prague, Czech Republic

The international trade show of cannabis and medicinal herbs Cannafest is the largest cannabis trade show in the world. It’s 9th year will take place November 2nd – 4th 2018, in the beautiful setting of the Expo Prague-Letnany.

Visitors can be looking forward to seeing exclusive exhibitions including cultivation technology, fertilizers, seeds, smoking accessories, vaporizers both on display and on sale. Don´t miss on purchasing various hemp cosmetic products and clothing and have some delicious hemp snacks with us!

Lisbon Medical Cannabis – 9-10 November – Lisbon, Portugal

Cannabis for Medicinal purposes was just approved by the Portuguese Parliament on June 15th 2018. New regulatory reforms will enable patients with a medical prescription to access cannabis for therapeutic purposes, but the information on this subject barely exist in Portugal.

LISBON MEDICAL CANNABIS will be an excellent opportunity for the general public and health practitioners to learn with some of the most renowned physicians and researchers in the field.

The event is organized by Cannativa — Associação de Estudos sobre Canábis — a non-profit association for the studies on Cannabis. We are a multidisciplinary team that contributes with reliable scientific information for the Cannabis regulation in Portugal.

 

 

Canna Douro, 17-18 November, Porto, Portugal

CANNADOURO in 2017 has established itself as the meeting point for cannabis culture of the entire Atlantic coast of the Iberian Peninsula, receiving visitors from the Algarve to Galicia. The city of Porto and Portugal became part of the international calendar of cannabis fairs held in Europe. The 2nd EDITION OF CANNADOURO will be held on 17 and 18 November 2018 again at Centro de Congressos da Alfândega do Porto.

The exhibition space of this year’s edition will be expanded allowing the presence of more national and international companies related to the current uses of cannabis and that represent all the innovative and entrepreneurial capacity of this business sector. THE CONFERENCES continue to be a strong commitment to promote public debate concerning the use of hemp in all its aspects: industrial, recreational and medicinal, fighting the prejudice regarding this multi-versatile plant. Regarding recreational use,  Cannadouro Conferences aims to promote the conscious use of cannabis in order to prevent and minimize problems of individual and public health. On medicinal use CannaDouro again seeks to make accessible all the therapeutic potentialities and faculties of cannabis.

Cannabizz Warsaw 2018, 30.11-2.12, Warsaw, Poland

We proudly invite you to the Cannabizz Warsaw 2018. The first weekend of December will be a nice end of this year’s Cannabis fairs season and a perfect start to the next year!

We welcome you in the heart of Poland’s economy – Warsaw. On 10,000 m² of floor space exhibitors from all over Europe will present their latest developments and trends on the hemp market. A wide variety of different products on the topics growing, indoor gardening, seeds for collectors, lightning, paraphernalia, medicine and cosmetics will be shown to the interested visitors. As a framework program a congress with international well-known speakers from science, medicine and industry will be held.

International Cannabis Policy Conference 2018, 7-9 December
Vienna, Austria

The International think & do tank, FAAAT joins specialized association ICACO in organizing an International Cannabis Policy Conference, attached to a major United Nations summit on cannabis and drug policies

Purpose of the International Cannabis Policy Conference:

● Bring together an International community of cannabis decision makers,
entrepreneurs, and scientists
● Review and explore existing & future international law and regulations
● Showcase potential of hemp and Cannabis policy reform for multiple Goals of the United Nations 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development
● Brief Countries, UN & WHO decision-makers about the potential of hemp and the social, economic and human rights-compliance benefits of supporting the descheduling of Cannabis on the International level
● Expand Cannabis regulation from only covering human health to cover all
potential uses as sustainable supercrops – Clarify and disprove hemp/ Cannabis misconceptions, and explore the vast array of uses of hemp as an effective tool for sustainable development and societies.
● Show up the existing, innovating and rising market.

 

I probably missed some event, so if you know of any cannabis related event happening in the second half of this year, let me know in the comments, and I will add it to the list.

The Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis 2018 Reunion

Right before the 29th ICRS conference, another event took place in the historic city of Leiden, the Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis® reunion. It was a 3 day gathering of all the 6 previous masterclass classes in the majestic setting of the Leiden botanical gardens.

The Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis® is the brainchild of Dr. Arno Hazekamp, a very well-known name to anyone in the cannabis scientific community, who has been studying medical cannabis for nearly 2 decades. It is a 5-day journey into all aspects of medicinal cannabis, presented by some of the most renowned cannabis experts.

84 participants form 28 different countries have shared this experience in the previous years, but this time, we got a chance to meet with all the past participants. This time, we also had the opportunity of having a presentation and share our work, passion and vision with the other attendees.

Masterclass Medicianl Cannabis 2018 reunion_gregorzorn.com

The venue

The MMC reunion was held in the north-eastern part of the Leiden botanical gardens, a green oasis in the middle of a vibrant city. Not only was the location magnificent, but also the gods were smiling upon us, as we had atypically sunny and hot weather for this time, with temperatures exceeding 25 degrees Celsius daily!

The program

All 3 days were packed with interesting presentations from the masterclass team, students and special guests. A big part of the presentations was dedicated to the medical cannabis situations in various countries; Germany, Portugal, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Canada, USA, Brazil, Latin America and India. We also learned about blockchain technology, cannabis testing, cannabinoids and terpenoids, endocannabinoid dysregulation, and educational courses. It would take too long to write about all of the excellent presentations, so I am going to mention just two, form these year’s guest speakers.

Cannabis worldwide (left to right) Joscha Krauss (MH medical hemp), Dr. Ricardo Fereirra (SBEC) and Zena Prokosh (Zreyas Consulting).

The species issue

Dr. John McPartland was one of the invited keynote speakers and his presentation “New works of cannabis systemics – family, genus, species, subspecies” was a preview of the unpublished work that he also presented, partially, at the ICRS meeting.

John, in his typical historically accurate fashion, gave us a brief introduction on the history of the Leiden Botanical Garden (estd. 1590), it’s influence for botany and medicine in the seventeenth and eighteenth century, as well as its connections with the cannabis plant.

I could do a whole post just about this wonderful presentation (being a biologist I may have a slight bias) but to cut things short, the three main questions that stood out from his presentation were;

  1. The place of origin of the cannabis plant
  2. Its presence in Europe
  3. The one species, two species, indica-sativa nomenclature dilemma

His conclusions:

  1. The northeastern Tibetan plateau
  2. Older than we previously thought
  3. C.sativa and C. indica, once and for all, are NOT different species; they are different subspecies or different varieties

I won’t spoil it too much for, if you want to deepen your knowledge into this subject I suggest you read his papers.

Three masters of cannabis research (left to right) Dr. Arno Hazekamp (Hazekamp Herbal Consulting), Dr. John Mc Partland (University of Vermont) and Dr. Rudolf Brenneisen (University of Bern).

40 years of cannabis research

That is how long dr. Rudolf Brenneisen has been involved in cannabis research. With more than 50 publications stemming from his lab at the University of Bern, dr. Brenneisen was one of the pioneers of cannabis research and contributed to our better understanding of this healing plant.

In his presentation “My last 40 years of cannabis research: from forensics to clinics”, we got a glimpse on his work with cannabinoid analysis, cannabis fingerprinting and human pharmacokinetics.

I think his take home message “In contrast to the controlled therapeutic and recreational use of Cannabis, its research has a significant addiction potential!” is a great summery of how he feels about this this plant, it’s healing potential and his ongoing research.

Blue shirts in action (left to right) Dr. Jahan Marcu (ASA), Mark Lewis (NaproReserch) and Gregor Zorn (ECTA).

What would Erasmus say?

I would also like to mention Vincent van Zuilen, a cannabis-naïve local historian, who had a presentation, “From Erasmus to cannabis: a historical review of innovation in the Netherlands”, on the first day, which took us on a journey into Leiden’s fascinating history. At the end of the day, he also had the task of reassuming the day’s presentations, from an outsider’s point of view.

And this is where he really shined.

His summaries were incredibly concise, fresh and hilarious, giving us cannabis geeks and insight of the how “the others” see us. “What would Erasmus say?” was the leading question, (Desiderius Erasmus Roterodamus was one of the greatest scholars of the Renaissance) and everything that followed was just a delight.

I also have to thank Vincent for taking his time and giving us a guided tour of the city and its most important historical parts. He could talk for hours about the rich history of this city and I could feel that he did this with utter dedication and passion of a true scholar.

Blockchain meets medical cannabis education (left to right) Lorenzo Rolim Da Silva (Brazil), Jerome McCormick (Ireland) and Dr. Gastene Zanette (University of Padua).

Time to relax

Apart from the intensive presentation program, a big part of the Masterclass experience is socializing with other students. This often leads to expanding your social circle, making new friends and even new business collaborations.

One of the traditional social events of the Masterclass is going to the Grandcafé De Burcht, located just on the south slope of the Burcht van Leiden, a stone keep on a mote, strategically positioned at the junction point of the two Rhine rivers (Oude Rijn and the Nieuwe Rijn). If you want to see a panoramic view of Leiden, this is the place to do it, as it is one of the few elevated landmarks, in this otherwise mostly flat landscape.

This year, we also had the opportunity to party together at, as my friend Gastone charmingly named it, “Arno’s discotheque”, a cozy club, with a live DJ and lots of fun people. This was a perfect transition to the ICRS conference, which started the next day. But that’s a story, for another post.

Conclusion

This special edition of the masterclass was unique in many ways, while still keeping its core values of bringing together different people from different countries, who share a passion and a deep connection for this plant. I am very grateful to have been part of it and met so many fascinating people, which made this experience unforgettable. I am already looking forward to the next event, to once again meet old friends, make new ones and learn more about my favorite plant.

MMC 2018

Wait, what about the 2018 Masterclass? Being a year of firsts, the 2018 edition of MMC will for the first time take place in another city, on another continent.

From the 28th of October to the 2nd of November the Masterclass Medicinal Cannabis® is reallocating to Ottawa, Canada. The choice of this new venue is particularly significant, as the 17th of October is the date, that Canada will officially legalizes the recreational use of cannabis.  This is a historical event as it is the first G7 country to do so and it will be interesting to see, how the rest of the world will react. Hopefully it will be a stepping stone to cannabis legalization worldwide. Hopefully.

 

* I would like to give a shout-out to the students of the 2017 masterclass,who came to the reunion; Antony, Igna, Jerome, Diego, Miri, Yewande, Avnish, Lorenzo, and Nedy. *

** I would also like to give a shout-out to the “Blue Blanket Crew” – they know who they are, no names needed. **

Cannabis Europa – converging science, policy, patients and business

The European medical cannabis market has the potential to become the biggest market in the world. With an estimated value of 35.7 billion euros in the medical cannabis market alone, there is a growing interest for businesses, organizations and governments to be part of this evolution.

Europe has been trying to get aboard the emerging cannabis market, that is happening all over the world, especially in USA, Canada and South America. In the USA , 29 states have a legal medical cannabis market and 9 states also have a legal recreational market. Canada has also a growing medical cannabis market and later this year, it will become the first G7 country with a legal recreational market. This is also reflected in the number of cannabis events that are happening this year all over North America.

In Europe we are also seeing a consistent increase in the number and quality of cannabis related events (conferences, expos, symposiums). One of the most prominent 2018 events, taking place in London on the 21st-22nd of May, will be Cannabis Europa.

Organized by Hanway Associates, Prohibition Partners and the European Cannabinoid Therapy Association, this event will bring together the major EU and global leaders in all the important fields of this emerging market. The invited speakers  are leaders in their fields of business, policy, science and patient advocacy.

Policy

In many EU countries we have seen a trend of implementing new medical cannabis laws. It is important to have policy makers, that understand the complexities and the benefits, that good a state implemented medical cannabis program can have on its residents.

Members of UK parliament- Jeff Smith, George Freeman and Crispin Blunt – will join the conversation with the European members of parliament, Estefania Torres (Spain) and Stelios Kouloglou (Greece), and Prof. Guglielmo Trovato from the European Medical Association, in discussing the current situation of medical cannabis policy in the EU.

Business

The European cannabis market is attracting a lot of foreign investors and companies that already have experience in medical cannabis. With an increasing number of EU countries implementing medical cannabis legislation, there is an increasing demand for medical cannabis products.

Tjalling Erkelens, the founder and CEO of Bedrocan International BV, which is currently the only EU licensed producer of medical cannabis, will join with the North American colleagues, Mike Dacks (MedReleaf), Dr. Shane Morris (Aurora cannabis), George Scorsis (Liberty Health Sciences) and Michael Abbott (Columbia Care), in discussing the legislative hurdles and business opportunities of an ever-growing EU cannabis market.

Science

Several countries in the EU have a long history of excellent cannabis scientific research. In Spain the Complutense University of Madrid is one of such research centers, where Dr. Cristina Sanchez has been doing very important research on cannabinoid mechanism of action in cancer, especially focusing on breast cancer.

Other researchers, such as Prof. Mike Barnes form Newcastle University, Dr. Saoirse O’Sullivan from the University of Nottingham, Dr. Lorenzo Calvi form the University of Pavia and Dr. Arno Hazekamp, have all contributed to our better understanding of the importance and potential therapeutic use of medical cannabis.

Patients

One of the best ways to learn about the benefits of medical cannabis is trough patients and their personal experiences. Jasmin Thomas, Chelsea Leyland, Jacqueline Poitras and Carola Perez are all avid advocates for the use and implementation of medical cannabis laws and they will share their own personal experiences.

Jacqueline and Carola are also representing their patient organisations; Mamaka (Greece) and OECM (Spain).

Patient organisations have and important role in giving patients the information they are seeking in their native country. They can also have other important roles; as an example, the German Cannabis Association, represented by Florian Rister and Verena Aßmann, is the biggest cannabis legalisation advocacy group in Germany and also the main association for the German cannabis industry.

Cannabis Europa is definitely an event you do not want to miss, if you want to be on top on the latest important updates and meet the global leaders in this new and exciting sector. See you in London!