Cannabis seed banks have helped cultivate cannabis as we know it. There are legends like Nevil Schoenmakers who recently passed that helped to shape what so many refer to as an industry these days. Nevil started the Seed Bank of Holland and gave birth to a new era of cannabis activism. A network that collected cannabis seed profiles from around the world and redistributed them seeding the planet in green. If not for the work of early seed banks and current seed banks we would be constrained to the varieties of cannabis at our disposal. The tricky part is the area that lies between green and gray for cannabis seed banks.
The legality of their operations has been extremely questionable in the past. Thankfully views towards cannabis and its global commerce are beginning to change for the positive. This is causing investments to take place in a once gray area that are producing green results. Canopy Growth in Canada, for example, is always in the news it seems. One of the deals they made not long ago was the acquisition of Greenhouse Seeds, which is a legendary seed bank with world-class genetics.
The legal cannabis industry has to acquire its seeds from somewhere. Seed selections are usually minimal as legalization rolls out but begin to grow as more varieties of cannabis become available. Entering into the cannabis seed sector of this multi-billion-dollar global industry Colombia has 126 companies which are licensed for the production of cannabis. Of those 126 companies, only 16 of them can distribute seeds.
These 16 companies can register ten batches of cannabis genetics at once to receive a phytosanitary certification. According to High Times, the only country to provide a phytosanitary certificate for cannabis seeds is Colombia. The Technical Director of Global Agronomical Procedures of Colombian licensed producer Pideka SAS told High Times, “This certification acts as the passport for seed export to other countries.”
The Elevation Of Production
With many warehouses that meet the specifications of EU GMP and GPP standards, Colombia is stepping up to help fulfill the global demand for cannabis seeds. This news is attracting investors from around the world because a single warehouse can produce an average of 3 million cannabis seeds each quarter. Now that is what we call going green!