Big things are happening for the cannabis community in Europe and around the world, and Switzerland is no different! While the Swiss no longer enjoy “grey market” cannabis sales they once enjoyed not that long ago, the government is poised to go beyond the legal production and sale of high-CBD cannabis and products that are currently allowed. Pharmacists have called for the ability to dispense both medical and adult-use cannabis and the Swiss Federal Commission for Addiction Issues, just released a report calling for an end to cannabis prohibition. Of course, the International Cannabis Business Conference in Zurich this May 15-16 and CannaTrade, held the 17th-19th, will have the latest.
The ICBC Zurich VIP reception kicks off the networking festivities at the luxurious Atlantis Hotel on May 15th, with the extensive conference program, also at the Atlantis, held the following day. The ICBC after party will keep the good times rolling at the Space Monkey following the conference with a performance from DJ Leeroy, most famously known as a member of the legendary group Prodigy. The Atlantis Hotel is truly a sight to behold, with amazing accommodations.
Former United States Congressman Dana Rohrabacher, the Republican architect of the amendment that protects state medical cannabis laws from federal interference, will keynote, talking about his prominent history with politics and his present and future in the cannabis industry. Following the keynote address are panels that include: the Trajectory of the Swiss Market, CBD in Switzerland, an International Regulatory Overview, International Investment, Investment and Capital Markets, and much more.
Following ICBC Zurich will be CannaTrade, from May 17th-19th, Europe’s oldest hemp fair. CannaTrade will host a business-centric event on the 17th, with engaging panels, booths, and cannabis competitions all weekend. When asked about the current and future prospects of Switzerland’s cannabis industry, CannaTrade CEO Ben Arn is extremely optimistic, stating, “Better than the last 10 years! Now we’re looking forward to get a simplified access for patients in the next 2 years and as well a new regulation for THC for everybody in the next 2-5 years. At the same time there is as well a lot to do concerning CBD and foodstuff, regarding the Novel Food laws like everywhere else in Europe.”
Arn, and every member of the Swiss cannabis community has good reason to be excited. If you are in the cannabis industry, or thinking of joining, ICBC Zurich and CannaTrade are THE events for you!