Germany is probably preparing one of the most robust and complex reforms in cannabis policy and the cannabis industry.
Given the size of the German economy and its geographic location in the heart of the European continent, the German adult cannabis industry will immediately become the largest in the world once it takes off. Currently, only Canada has a domestic adult-use cannabis industry that is open to anyone of legal age and offers products that are not just low-THC strains.
German lawmakers and regulators want to legalize cannabis in the most sensible, effective and efficient way, which is no mean feat in a country of more than 83 million people that shares nine borders with other countries.
Drug Commissioner Burkhard Blienert
The focal point of these developments is that Germany has a drug commissioner overseeing the legalization process, Mr Burkhard Blienert. The latter will speak at the next International Conference on the Cannabis Business (ICBC) to be held in Berlin on July 19-20, 2022.
Commissioner Blienert’s curriculum vitae is extensive and has been intensively involved with drug and addiction policy issues for about ten years. During the 18th parliamentary term (2013-2017), he was a member of the German Bundestag and represented his parliamentary group as a full member of the Committee on Health, the Committee on Culture and Media and the Budget Committee. During this period, Mr Blienert was his group’s rapporteur on drug and addiction issues.
Since 1990, Mr Blienert has been a member of the Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD). He worked for the executive committee of the SPD party and was responsible for the SPD faction in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, responsible for school and education, sports and petitions.
Mr Burkhard Blienert studied political science, modern history and sociology (master’s degree) and passed the first state exam for lower secondary education in social sciences, history and pedagogy. As a member of the German Bundestag, Mr. Blienert was a member of the board of directors of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (BpB), the board of directors of the German National Library and the broadcasting council Hörfunkrat Deutschlandradio, as well as on the board of directors of the German Federal Film Bureau (FFA).
He is currently a member of the board of trustees of the Federal Cultural Federation, the National Society for the Welfare of Workers (AWO), the Union of United Services (ver.di), the association “Contre l’oublie – For Democracy” of the German Thomas Mann Society and the Paderborn District Council.
History in motion
Drug Tsar Blienert is no newcomer to ICBC. Last year, he took part in a panel in which, for the first time, representatives of all major German political parties took part in a discussion on cannabis policy. This discussion took place just weeks before the 2021 elections, the results of which we now know.
Much of what was discussed in the 2021 panel was part of the political cannabis conversation in Germany. The talk will continue at this year’s B2B event, which will take place in July, where a number of policymakers are expected to be directly involved in Germany’s cannabis legalization efforts. The participants will literally be able to get the latest information about what is happening in Germany directly from those involved in the process, including the current German drug commissioner.
In addition to the Berlin B2B event, the International Cannabis Business Conference (ICBC) will also feature a one-day Global Investment Forum (GIF) on July 18, 2022. The ICBC Berlin Global Investment Forum will feature hand-picked cannabis companies participating in a pitching session for leading investors on the ICBC main stage. This is a great opportunity for companies in the emerging cannabis sector to showcase their products/services to experienced investors in the industry. The pitch session is also open to service providers looking for reliable, high-end clients.
After the B2B event, attendees can enjoy one of the International Cannabis Business Conference’s famous after-parties. This year’s after-party for the B2B event in Berlin will feature multi-Grammy Award-winning reggae band Morgan Heritage.
More than 5,000 attendees and 350 corporate sponsors and exhibitors are expected at ICBC Berlin, with over 85 countries represented at past events. This series of events is the best way for innovators and inventors to showcase their products or services to key influencers and decision-makers in the cannabis world, and for investors to network with budding entrepreneurs.
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