Cannabusiness is big business

Cannabis is becoming big business in Germany, and the ongoing success of the Cannabusiness trade show is proof of that. All aspects of cannabis are represented at the conference organized by Tritec, from hemp fashions and new hempen products to grow lights, a wide variety of bongs and paraphernalia, and cannabis magazines.
One difference this year from previous years is that Germany has now banned the sale of marijuana seeds, so there were few seed merchants in attendance. Those that were had some sort of subterfuge involved. One had their seeds presented as a game: get the White Widow seeds into the little holes, only $49. Greenhouse Seeds was there with two girls clad only in painted hemp leaves, the best and oldest promotional idea there ever was.

I enjoyed talking to the editors of Hanf and Canamo, German and Spanish language pot-magazines respectively, who shared insights and anecdotes about their publications. They reminded me that there are many pot-friendly Europeans who crave news and information about their common cannabis culture. This is an audience I would like to engage, and of course our magazine met with praise and interest from visitors and vendors alike.

Most of Europe’s Cannabis Nobility were in attendance, including Ben Dronkers (Sensi Seeds), Arjan (Greenhouse Seeds), Rob Clark (author of Hashish), Howard Marks (noted smuggler and author of Mr Nice Guy), and others.

Aside from the recent ban on pot-seed sales, it’s been a positive few years for pot-laws in Germany. Court decisions have loosened restrictions against possession in some states, and the cultivation of low-THC hemp has rapidly increased after being re-legalized in 1996.

Ed Rosenthal was in attendance, and at our request he picked out a selection of interesting new products for your perusal. All photos and captions by Ed, except for the picture of the naked girls.

l to r:Arjan (Greenhouse Seeds), Robert Clark (author of Hashish), Howard Marks (noted smuggler and author of Mr Nice), Scott (Greenhouse Seeds).

The Greenhouse Girls posing with excited fans.

Oasis cubes are commonly used for cloning. Now Oasis has come out with new shapes so the material can be used for larger plants. Oasis pellets, about 1/2 inch rectangles, can be used to fill a container or tray.

Here Oasis slabs are shown on a capillary mat table. The plastic capillary mat conducts a continuous flat stream of water. The polyethylene plastic covering the mat is perforated with small holes so the water seeps up. The wet Oasis attracts the water as needed through capillary action.

These stacked tubes from STC are designed for use with lamps without reflectors. The tubes are stacked so that there are four or five levels of tubes surrounding the light on either side.

STC also designed an extremely bright reflector which can be custom-made to fit up to 10 lamps for greater reflectivity. The light’s reflectors maximize reflectiveness.

Prima Klima offered a 5 unit ballast station for easier set-up. The units are integrated to prevent electrical spiking.

Hemp cat litter and bedding materials were displayed by several companies. This company’s hemp litter was pelletized.

Tropf-Blumat is a ceramic automatic waterer that replaces drippers. The individual units attach to an irrigation line which is left on. As a sensor, the unit uses a material which expands when moist, closing the valve when the media is not dry. The water needs of each individual plant are exactly met with this device.

These electric scissors can be used for precision manicuring as well as for pruning and preparing clones. They aren’t that much faster than manual scissors, but relieve workers of the fatigue and repetitive motions of pruning and manicuring. They have variable speed.

Ver-Na-Ro from Germany offered hemp insulation and construction products.

As the trays on this little Ferris wheel revolve the plants receive light from all angles. This device may save some space, but presents ideas for even more space saving.

Canjamo offered hemp based varnishes and paints. They do not cause air pollution as they dry.

Nepalese hemp goods from Saddle Traders were very popular items. They had collections of hats, jackets and small rugs.