The German “drug tsar” will speak at the International Cannabis Business Conference in Berlin

Germany is probably preparing for one of the most robust and complex reforms in cannabis policy and industry.

Given the size of the German economy and its geographical location in the heart of the European continent, the German adult cannabis industry will instantly become the largest on the planet once it gets started. Currently, only Canada has a domestic cannabis industry for adults that is open to all adults and offers products that are not just low-THC strains.

German legislators and regulators want to legalize cannabis in the most sensible, effective and efficient way possible, which is no easy feat in a nation with over 83 million people sharing 9 borders with other countries.

Drug Commissioner Burkhard Blienert

Central to this development is the fact that Germany has a Commissioner for Drugs, who oversees the legalization process, Mr Burkhard Blienert. The latter will speak at the next International Conference on Cannabis Business (ICBC) to be held in Berlin on 19 and 20 July 2022.

Commissioner Blienert’s curriculum vitae is comprehensive and has dealt extensively with drug and addiction policy issues for around 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 Health Committee, the Culture and Media Committee and the Budget Committee. Blienert was his group’s rapporteur on drugs and addiction issues during this period.

Since 1990, Blienert has been a member of the German Social Democratic Party (SPD). He worked for the SPD party’s executive committee and was responsible for the SPD group in the state parliament of North Rhine-Westphalia, responsible for school and education, sports and petitions.

Sir. Burkhard Blienert studied politics, modern history and sociology (master’s degree) and passed the first state exam for youth education in social sciences, history and pedagogy. As a member of the German Bundestag, Mr Blienert sat on the board of the Federal Agency for Civic Education (BpB), the board of the German National Library and the TV broadcasting council Hörfunkrat Deutschlandradio, and on the board of the German Federal Film Office (FFA).

He is currently a member of the board 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 company and the Paderborn District Council.

History in motion

The drug czar Blienert is no newcomer to ICBC. Last year, he participated in a panel in which representatives of all major German political parties participated for the first time in a discussion on cannabis policy. This discussion took place a few weeks before the 2021 election, 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 conversation will continue at this year’s B2B event, which takes place in July, where a number of policy makers directly involved in Germany’s cannabis legalization efforts are expected. Participants will literally be able to get the latest information on 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 host a one-day Global Investment Forum (GIF) on July 18, 2022. The ICBC Berlin Global Investment Forum will host hand-picked cannabis companies that will participate in a pitch session ahead of leading investors on the main stage of ICBC. This is a great opportunity for companies in the new cannabis sector to showcase their products / services in front of experienced industry investors. The pitch session is also open to service providers looking for reliable, advanced customers.

After the B2B event, attendees can then enjoy one of the famous International Cannabis Business Conference after-parties. This year’s afterparty to the B2B event in Berlin will feature multi-Grammy Award-winning reggae band Morgan Heritage.

Over 5,000 participants and 350 company sponsors and exhibitors are expected at ICBC Berlin, with over 85 countries represented at previous events. This series of events is the best way for innovators and inventors to showcase their products or services to key cannabis influencers and decision makers, as well as for investors to network with budding entrepreneurs.

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