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New Spanish cannabis advocacy group emerges

A group of entrepreneurs in the cannabis industry in Spain has joined forces to form the Cannabis Industry Guild (GIC) to promote the unity of the cannabis sector, call for legal certainty, and support regulation. The new guild emerges at a time of public debate on regulation and in which numerous police and judicial operations are taking place against the sector, aiming to offer a united discourse and to have its own voice in the debate.

One of GIC's main objectives is to achieve greater legal security for the cannabis industry, a sector that, in recent years, has suffered repeated attacks in the form of police interventions and condemnatory sentences directed against entrepreneurs and farmers dedicated to seed production, hemp production, the sale of cultivation materials, or CBD products. "Another of the main problems we currently have has to do with banks: right now, cannabis companies are being denied access to bank accounts," explains David Sauleda, a member of the GIC board of directors.

"We believe that the sector should be represented in regulatory discussions," says Sauleda. "We do not find it logical that, after 25 years of existing as a sector, the opportunity for us to continue doing this work is all of a sudden closed without debate. We believe that there should be a discussion to see what is being done well and what is not. We don't think we do everything perfectly either, and there are things that can be improved," commented Sauleda, who says that another of the GIC's objectives is to draw up a code of good practices for the sector.

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