For the first time this year, the GreenTech hosted an entire pavilion solely dedicated to the medical cannabis industry. Currently, the cannabis industry is booming, and many growers jumped onto this 'green bandwagon' foreseeing many profitable opportunities. However, a number of growers do not have a horticulture background, or maybe they even have a background in the black market. This situation resulted in many people not being knowledgeable with regards to the different technologies available to make a medical cannabis operation successful.
The medical cannabis greenhouse experience at the Medicinal Cannabis Pavilion
Marcel Schulte with Holland Gaas
Ruben Garcia and George Dickinson Jr. with CannaPro
The GreenTech is renowned to be the horticulture fair, where the majority of technology and solutions suppliers gather to showcase the most recent and advanced innovations for horticulture. This year, the medical cannabis industry too joined the show, thus giving an idea of the potential of the merging of horticulture and cannabis.
In the Medicinal Cannabis Pavillion, companies showcased the variety of solutions available for medical cannabis growers. From automation and feminized seeds, to consulting companies.
Shai and Boy Ramsahai with Royal Queen Seeds
Trevor Schroerie and Andrew Exner with PharmOut
Unlike the horticulture industry, the regulatory environment is extremely important too and it dictates the movements of the medical cannabis industry.
Since there is a widespread need of knowledge on different aspects surrounding the cannabis space, next to the cannabis pavilion talks were hosted. Jurien Koster with Phytonext was the moderator, and he coordinated the Q & A between the audience and the different experts and insiders from the industry.
Olaf Mos with Dicans discussing pros and cons of greenhouses vs indoor farms
One of the talks was about the pros and cons of growing medical cannabis in greenhouses or indoor farms. Speakers agreed on the fact that opting for one or the other facility depends on many factors - one above all being climate. Greenhouses can be very challenging to manage, but they are cheaper in terms of sq ft than indoor farms. The latter, however, allows for a better control on the different parameters that can affect the plant growth. Indoor farms require a high level of technology in order to function correctly, and therefore they need to be carefully designed so to keep the cost low.