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Cannabis Business Expo and conference

The Cannabis Business Expo for CBD, medical cannabis, grow and paraphernalia products, wholesale and services. Introduce your company, products, brands and services with a stand or as a sponsor or visit the CB Expo and expand your network of business contacts. Thanks to its latest legislation, Switzerland offers enormous potential for producing and importing CBD and THC products and for selling on the global market.

Program CB Expo 2021

In collaboration with various partners, the CB Conference provides information on the issues of selection, growing, harvesting, analytics, the latest political developments and CBD regulations in Switzerland and in other European countries, in addition to other core issues affecting the cannabis industry.

Language: The panel discussions will be held in German, English or French and simultaneously translated into these three languages. Talks (Education) will be held in English and not translated.

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OPENING

National Councillor Christa Markwalder

INFORMATION

Swiss politics

CBD regulations

Market analysis

Financial

Future

EDUCATION

Cultivation/Selection

  • The Future of Cannabis – Puregene’s breeding programs
    Speaker:Gavin George (Puregene)
  • Assessing the viability and quantity of cannabis pollen using impedance flow cytometry
    Speaker: Hamza Rafiq (Universität Hohenheim)

Growing

  • Unlocking the vast diversity of the DNA of the Cannabis species – The 2020 THC Field Report
    Speaker: Michael Ruckle (Pure Holding)
  • The influence of various lighting concepts on the morphology of cannabis plants
    Speaker: Philipp Reichel (Universität Hohenheim)

Harvesting

  • The influence of pruning techniques and harvest times on cannabinoid content
    Speaker: Danilo Massuela (Universität Hohenheim)

Further processing

  • Controlled decarboxylation of cannabinoids in an air dryer during the drying process
    Speaker: Lisa Burgel (Universität Hohenheim)
  • Purification of CBD by reverse phase chromatography resins – from lab scale to industrial scale
    Speaker: Frank Galbrecht (Purolite)

Trade

  • CBD Import / Export Switzerland – Europe: What to consider for import and export
    Speaker: Peter Kubias (Cargonet Ltd)

Advertising

Market


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Speakers CB Expo 2021

Maximilian Baumann

From 2016 to 2019, in his role as “anchor”, Maximilian Baumann presented the prestigious “Abig Show”, one of the widest-reaching evening shows on Radio 24. In 2018 and 2019, he presented the Swiss version of the legendary TV show “Ninja Warrior” together with Chris Bachmann and Annina Frey.

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Presenter

Christa Markwalder

Christa Markwalder has been a member of the National Council since 2003 and she has always campaigned for a liberal and pragmatic approach to the hemp plant. Most recently was her successful procedural request for the cultivation and export of medical cannabis.

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National Councilor
FDP

Adrian Gschwend

Adrian Gschwend is Head of the Department for Political Foundations and Enforcement at the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health (FOPH). His area of responsibility includes narcotics legislation and the relevant enforcement measures. This includes the ongoing modification of the Narcotics Law to lift the prohibition on cannabis for medical usage.

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Head of the Department for Political Foundations and Enforcement
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

Rudolf Brenneisen

Following a long research career, Rudolf Brenneisen is now the Founder, Board Member and CEO of the Swiss Society of Cannabis in Medicine.

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PhD, Prof.em.
Swiss Society of Cannabis in Medicine, SSCM

Lino Cereghetti

Lino Cereghetti studied biology and agricultural economics at the ETH Zurich and gained profound business experience both nationally and internationally in start-ups, development and consulting. As COO of Pure Holding AG, he ensures the ongoing strategic and political development of the group. In August 2020, he was elected as a board member of the industry federation IG Hanf, where he is focusing on regulatory affairs.

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COO
Pure Holding AG
Board Member, IG Hanf

Felix Iten

Felix Iten is co-founder of the patient organization Medcan. For the last 7 years, he has been heading monthly patient gatherings in various Swiss cities. During this time, he has come into contact with around 5000 patients, all using cannabis for medical purposes.

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Executive Board / Patient Advisor
MedCan Association

Marcel Boller

Lawyer Dr. jur. Marcel Boller is a lawyer at a law office in Zurich. He focusses on pharmaceutical law, medical device law and on health law. He is the author of numerous science publications, and he is also a regular speaker in these specialist fields.

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Lawyer
Wenger & Vieli AG

Heinz Siegenthaler

Heinz Siegenthaler is farmer with his own agricultural farm. He was a member of the Berne Cantonal Parliament from 1998 – 2015 and since then, the national councilor. For many years, he has been committed to promoting a reasonable policy towards hemp.

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National councilor
BDP

Christian Werz

He originally completed a PhD in Biology and a few years worked in marketing at different pharmaceutical companies. For the last two years, he has been working as a research assistant at the Federal Office of Public Health in the field of political foundations & implementation. He is responsible for granting exemption licenses in connection with cannabis containing at least 1% THC. In his role, he is also the contact person for questions relating to cultivation and production for pilot trials.

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Research assistant
Swiss Federal Office of Public Health

Regine Steinauer

MSc in Nursing Sciences University Basel, MAS Health Care Management HWZ; long-standing experience in the field of additional support and psychiatry. Since June 2020, working as Head of the Addiction Department. Head of the interurban working group on cannabis as part of pilot projects on the experimental article. (The interurban working group on cannabis brings together representatives from various cantonal and urban administrations and specialists from selected universities who have been supporting the political process for creating an experimental article for many years.)

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Head of Addiction Department
Department of Health Basel-Stadt

Luc Richner

Luc Richner is an entrepreneur with over 12 years of experience in the development and management of companies in various sectors across Europe, the Near East and South-East Asia. e was well-versed in the fields of logistics, furnishings, events, hospitality and technology and was in the first year group to complete the Executive MBA in Digital Leadership at University of Applied Sciences in Business Administration in Zurich.

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CEO / Co-Founder
Vigia AG / Cannavigia

Elias Galantay

Elias Galantay has a corporate consulting background and has been active in the cannabis sector for several years. He was one of the first cannabis producers to successfully acquire a cultivation license in Alaska, where he launched one of the largest cannabis growing operations in line with US standards of compliance. Over the last few years, he has worked as an advisor to the industry and has helped various producers to set up and optimize their operational processes and guide them through the complex licensing and certifications process.

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Head of Consulting / Co-Founder
Vigia AG / Cannavigia

Swen Sponagel

Swen Sponagel completed his Master’s at HSG and is currently completing an Executive MBA in Digital Leadership at HWZ. Swen comes from the food and airline catering industry where he worked for 11+ years in a strategic, commercial and operational capacity. During this time, he gained extensive international experience iving in Australia, Singapore and the United States. Swen joined the Pure Family in March 2021 as CEO of Pure Production AG.

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CEO
Pure Production AG

Afrim Saliu

CEO
Marry Jane AG

Claudio Buholzer

Claudio Buholzer, founder and Managing Director of the company Alplant. Has been working with passionate commitment to the cannabis sector since 2001.

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CEO
Alplant GmbH

Tiano Thomas

Tiano Thomas is a psychologist and one of the three old-hands at Grünkraft. As founder, owner and CEO of Grünkraft AG, he is shaking up the global cannabis industry with his lively and enthusiastic nature, shaping the future of both Grünkraft AG and the whole industry with his unique perspective.

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CEO
Grünkraft AG

Herminien Porta

Herminien Porta founded Green Brothers with his two brothers in 2017. Today, the group is composed of 12 companies around the world focusing on high potential industries. The cannabis expert firm provides a wide range of products whose common denominator is quality. Green Brothers Holding has b2b customers in over 25 european countries where they can benefit from the groups expertise, which makes them one of Europe’s leading companies in the cannabis industry.

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CEO & Co-founder
GreenBrothers Switzerland SA

Daniel Haymann

Daniel Haymann advises companies in the cannabis industry across the entire value chain, including on regulatory matters. He previously gathered extensive experience with two leading commodity trading companies as a commodities trader and in various management roles. He has held posts in Zurich, Baar, Singapore and Hong Kong.

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Lawyer
MLL

Fabiano Orelli

Fabiano Orelli studied biology at the ETH Zurich. He also gained a few years of experience in the Syngenta laboratories. Afterwards, he worked for LimmaTech Biologics. Since 2018, he has worked for FSVO as a research employee. His fields of responsibility are genetically modified foods, Novel Food (focusing on traditional Novel Foods and hemp products) and food labeling In addition to assessing authorization dossiers, his work also includes ordinance revisions and responding to external inquiries in these three areas.

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Federal Food Safety and Veterinary Office
Research assistant in the department of market access

Kai-Friedrich Niermann

Kai-Friedrich Niermann has been a business and corporate lawyer in Germany since 2003, gaining a wide range of experience in the process. He is very familiar with the interconnectivity between national and European regulations, especially with regard to consumer protection, product safety and emerging new cannabis products.

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Lawyer
KFN+ Rechtsanwälte

Dr. Francis Scanlan

Dr. Francis Scanlan is the founder and Managing Director of Cloud 9 Switzerland LLC, a life sciences company focused on the development and commercialization of cannabis and hemp-based pharmaceuticals and nutraceuticals.

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CEO / Co-Founder
Cloud 9 Switzerland LLC

Dr. Miguel Guttentag

Dr. Miguel Guttentag is the founder and CEO of CBD-Test. He completed his doctorate in chemistry at the University of Zurich and a postdoc at the Institut Català d’Investigació Química (ICIQ) in Tarragona. This, combined with his subsequent work at pharmaceutical analysis laboratories, has equipped him with many years of experience in the field of chemical analysis.

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CEO
Guttentag Solutions GmbH

Lukas Brunner

Lukas Brunner has been a key component of Grünkraft AG for two years. Thanks to his experience in (criminal) narcotics law and in dealing with international authorities and regulators, Lukas Brunner is responsible for the official communications of Grünkraft AG with the authorities and constantly checks international regulatory changes and their impact on fields of business at Grünkraft AG.

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Lawyer
Grünkraft AG

Daniel Maman

Born and raised in a multi-cultural and entrepreneurial family around the Geneva Lake area, Daniel Maman successfully completed a Bachelor’s in Economics and Management at the HEC Lausanne followed by a Master’s degree in Innovation and Entrepreneurship at ESADE Business School in Barcelona, Spain. After having founded 2 start-ups, he joined his family’s investment company MS Invest which is active in real estate and private equity. Daniel not only took a leading role there but also led the family office in other venture capital investments, including in the world of tech, services and cannabis. With a strong belief in the cannabis sector, he decided to take a part-time executive position in TEQA Capital which advises, scouts and structures transactions for cannabis companies in Europe and Israel.

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Partner
TEQA Capital

Roberto Algar

Roberto Algar is a cannabis professional with experience in North America and Europe, specializing in cultivation and breeding techniques. Prior to his career in cannabis, he worked for multiple organizations in the commodities and food industries, holding various commercial and operational senior positions in multiple jurisdictions in Europe, Asia and Africa. As a Spanish citizen, Roberto Algar lives in Switzerland and is fluent in 4 languages.

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Managing Director, Switzerland
Curaleaf international

Markus Hoffmann

As a lawyer by training, Markus Hoffmann has a background in the venture capital and private equity sector and has been active in the medical cannabis industry since 2016. He oversees the cannabis portfolio of a London-based family office and acts as a consultant to a number of investors and businesses in the area.

Consultant
AdCel Consulting, Ltd

Alex Arkentis

Alex is a serial technology entrepreneur and angel investor who has been involved in a number of fast growing, UK based, tech start-ups. His commercial and business development background has led to his focus on start-up growth and development opportunities. His previous technology ventures cover many sectors including employee benefits, e-commerce and logistics.

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CEO & Co-founder
Canxchange

Marius Schulze

Marius has more than 15 years of experience as an entrepreneur. He has a degree in business information technology and has invested in over 20 startups and helped them build their brands. He founded “MAKERS”, a Berlin-based company for company development. Between 2014 and 2017 several MAKERS startups were awarded with the “Fast 50 Rising Star” for Germany’s fastest growing startups. At the same time, Marius is an “angel investor”. In this role, he invested early in “ResearchGate”, the Facebook for scientists. Marius is a recipient of the Medal of Honor of the German Bundeswehr. His first engagement in the Cannabis space was being part of the advisory board of the software company Vigia AG / Cannavigia in 2019. Two years later he made his first investment by backing up the fast growing start-up and taking an active role as their CRO (Chief Revenue Officer) to guide them through the scale up process.

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CRO (Chief Revenue Officer)
Vigia AG

Stefan Meyer

Stefan Martin Meyer, MBA, was raised in the Italian side of Switzerland, near the city of Lugano. He then moved to Spain where he co-founded Phytoplant Research SL, which was granted the first research license for medicinal cannabis in Spain in 2012. While there he was able to get various R&D grants by the European Union for projects related to cannabinoids and medicine as well as publish results in high impact scientific journals. In 2019 Stefan joined Plena Global Holding Inc (Canada) as Chief Strategy Officer, where he has been leading a project licensed to grow medicinal cannabis in Colombia. In 2020 Stefan founded Phytoflow GmbH, a Swiss based company PhytoFlow GmbH providing experience-driven strategic business advice to companies active in the medical cannabis sector.

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CEO
Phytoflow GmbH

Sébastien Béguerie

Sebastien Béguerie is one of the European expert leader in the medical cannabis and CBD industry with now more than 10 years of experience in cannabis production, regulation, education, and advocacy. He is originated from Marseille, France, he did his MSc.degree in Plant Sciences at Wageningen University the Netherlands, sponsored by Bedrocan BV. In 2009, he co-founded the first national medical Cannabis French patient association called ” Union Francophone pour les Cannabinoids en Médecine” (UFCM). Together with his association, he has been organizing in Strasbourg (France) for 8 years in a row the only scientific medical Cannabis conference in France. In 2011, he founded his brand Alpha-Cat in Europe, manufacturing and distributing cannabinoid test kits and CBD wellness products. In 2014 Sébastien has created the famous Kanavape in Europe to be the first CBD e-cigarette to be sell in Europe. And in 2020, Sebastien launched Golden Buds a new CBD brand mixing the Californian CBD innovation experience with the French luxury know-how to bring to the EU market, unique and premium CBD products.

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Founder and CEO
CANEBE sro

Clifford Giesenow

With an MBA degree and extensive experience, that includes such executive roles as founder, CEO, and shareholder in multiple Cannabis companies in South Africa, Clifford brings his expertise in the cannabis industry. Additionally, Clifford is a founding member of the Cannabis Trade Association of Africa (CTAA).

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COO
JuicyFields

Viola Brugnatelli

Viola is a neuroscientist specialised in endocannabinology and cannabinoid pharmacology; she is currently working as a lecturer and researcher on medical cannabis at the Department of Neuroscience, University of Padua and has been running Cannabiscienza Srl since 2018 to solve the cultural gap existing in academy and medical practice in Italy, making her life mission to share scientific knowledge on cannabinoids.

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Co-founder
Cannabiscienza Srl

Dr. Michael Ruckle

Michael Ruckle received his PhD in Biochemistry from Michigan State University before becoming a research scientist at the ETH-Zurich, where he developed new technologies in molecular breeding. In 2018, Dr. Ruckle co-founded Puregene, and is currently the Director of Plant Science, where he is responsible for the company’s science strategy and developing research.

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Director of Plant Science
Puregene AG

Dr. Gavin George

Dr. Gavin George is the Co-Founder and Director of Research and Intellectual Property at Puregene AG. In this role, he ensures that the technology platforms provide optimal support for cultivation activities and global intellectual property pipelines. He was awarded a PhD in Plant Biotechnology in 2010 at the University of Stellenbosch. He subsequently worked for 7 years at the ETH Zurich as a postdoctoral researcher.

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Director of Research and Intellectual Property
Puregene AG

Hamza Rafiq

Hamza Rafiq is a scientific researcher who selects the traits of Cannabis sativa based on their therapeutic potential and investigates the effect of cannabinoids and terpenes in medicine. Every plant matters.

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PhD student
University of Hohenheim

Philipp Reichel

Since his apprenticeship as a farmer, Philippe Reichel was fascinated by all aspects of plant cultivation It is therefore a great joy for him to deepen and share this knowledge.

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Phd Student
University of Hohenheim

Danilo Crispim Massuela

Danilo Crispim Massuela evaluates agronomic practices for the optimization of CBD yields in indoor and greenhouse cultivation systems. He has researched cannabis as a multi-functional alternative crop for marginalized communities in Brazil and cultivated medical cannabis in Switzerland. He is a graduate in food engineering with a Master’s in Tropical Agriculture, and is fascinated by the silent language of plants.

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PhD student
University of Hohenheim

Dr. Lisa Burgel

Lisa Burgel studied agriculture and biology in Hohenheim and Freiburg and earned her PhD in 2021 at the University of Hohenheim on the bioeconomy potential of hemp: challenges of new genotypes and cultivation systems to meet the rising demand for phytocannabinoids.

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Cropping Systems and Modelling
Universität Hohenheim
Institute of Crop Science

Frank Galbrecht

Frank Galbrecht received his PhD in Polymer Chemistry in 2008 at the University of Wuppertal. He joined Purolite in 2012 as a Sales Manager for ion exchange resins and polymeric adsorbents. In 2019, he took over the responsibility as the Life Sciences Sales Manager for Europe, supporting chromatographic technologies and enzyme immobilization for biocatalytic applications. He is passionate about supporting customers with purification issues.

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Sales Manager Europe
Purolite

Peter Kubias

During the 1990s, Peter Kubias organized large open-air parties and subsequently, in 1998, found his ideal role in international trade fair and event logistics. Focusing on niche areas and individual customer support, in 2017 he founded his own shipping company, Cargonet AG, which is currently diversifying its offering and which also concentrates on niche sectors.

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CEO
Cargonet AG

Sponsors CB Expo 2021

Presenting Partner
Pure Holding

Pure Holding AG comprises six subsidiaries operating in the research & cultivation, growing, pharmaceuticals, preparation and distribution of cannabis. With four THC exemptions and world’s leading technology platform for plant cultivation, Pure is revolutionizing the cannabis industry and ensuring that consumers, growers, producers and pharmaceutical companies all benefit.

CarbonActive

CB Lounge Presenter
CarbonActive

The market leader with long-standing experience produces and trades in well-established, high-quality products in the field of ventilation technology. The core areas include activated carbon filters to eliminate gases, smells and particles, the spatial planning and implementation of cannabis growing, air conditioning, air humidification and dehumidification and PLC controls. Only quality products made by leading manufacturers are installed. Complete custom solutions and modular construction are standard at CarbonActive.

Alplant

Diamond Sponsor
Alplant

The motto at Alplant has been ‘From Seed to Weed’ since 2016. All of the flowers are carefully cultivated in the company’s own fields, greenhouses and indoor facilities under professional guidance. The oil production takes place in the company’s laboratory, based on a sustainable process. The creation of Moonrocks and Ice Rocks was born of this passion. The products are distributed via Alplant’s branches in Luxembourg and Italy. Business customers are welcome to take a tour of the headquarters in Bern at any time.

Marry Jane

Diamond Sponsor
Marry Jane

Marry Jane is a Swiss brand of top-quality CBD products, which primarily promotes equality, sustainability and responsibility. With a wealth of experience, they maintain expertise and optimize production program at every stage of the process: they carefully oversee cultivation, picking, processing and manufacture. Products come from sustainable plantation in Switzerland, thus meeting the highest quality standards. It is not just supplying customers with the finest Swiss cannabis, but also about being part of the culture.

Sanlight

Gold Sponsor
SANlight

SANlight will be presenting its latest achievement at the CB Expo: with its EVO range, the Austrian manufacturer is launching a new LED lamp onto the market for professional indoor breeding. The EVO range is characterized by its optimal efficiency and long lifespan. It has complete IP65 protection and the secondary lens on the lamps hones the light on the cultivated area, thereby considerably reducing the loss of light. The light spectrum has been optimized by SANlight in the plant lab to target cannabis cultivation.

Growsystem

Gold Sponsor
Grow System

Gegründet im Jahr 1999, ist Grow System einer der führenden Lieferanten für Indoor Cannabis Züchter in der Schweiz. Im Jahre 2021 wurde die Firma nach 20 Jahren erfolgreichen Wachstums in die Grow System AG umgewandelt. Grow System ist stolz darauf, seit so vielen Jahren einen grossen Beitrag zur Schweizer Hanfszene beigetragen zu haben. Sie beliefern Endkunden sowie Fachgeschäfte (GrowShops) und alle Kunden im Bereich des legalen THC- und CBD-Anbau direkt ab dem 2000m2 Grossen Lager in Oberbüren, Kanton St.Gallen. Auf www.growshop.ch betreiben Grow System seit bald 20 Jahren einen der ersten Online- Growshops.

Cannabis King

Silver Sponsor
Cannabis King

Cannabis King® – founded on 20 April 2017 because 420 rules at Cannabis King! Over the last 4 years, the foundations have been laid for the growth of this small online start-up into something much bigger: Cannabis King® is now situated in the perfect strategic location of Vevey between German and French-speaking Switzerland and is in the process of developing Switzerland’s largest commercial space for cannabis professionals there: the Cannabis Kingdom. At the same time, Cannabis King® markets its own and external brands of CBD and paraphernalia products and provides unique white label offers. Cannabis King will be presenting these and much more at CB Expo 2021.

CBD Test

Silver Sponsor
CBD-Test

CBD-Test is the first laboratory in Switzerland to specialise exclusively in cannabis products. Thanks to many years of experience and the most comprehensive range of services in the field of chemical cannabis analytics, we are able to analyse a wide variety of hemp-based products – not only with regard to their THC levels but also in relation to other parameters. Better safe than sorry – that’s why we provide our services not only to companies but also to private individuals.

Fourtwenty

Silver Sponsor
Fourtwenty

Fourtwenty has been providing advice to plant breeders and store owners for over 20 years across Switzerland and is characterized by its vast expertise, its international links with professionals and experts and its ongoing evaluation and modification processes. It remains up-to-date with all the trends and advancements in technology, delivers optimal quality at the best possible price and guarantees fast delivery. Thanks to its large warehouse, Fourtwenty stocks a wide-ranging assortment covering all departments in the head and grow shop sectors.

Exhibitors CB Expo 2021

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