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Europe’s First Seed Bank with Registration to Open in Copenhagen

It is now easier to find high-quality European cannabis seeds. Franchise Global Health announced that its Danish subsidiary, Rangers Pharmaceutical, will be Europe’s “first legal and registered” seed bank in Copenhagen, Denmark, according to an April 28 press release.

With 286 cannabis strains in the seed bank, it is one of largest collection of this kind. This includes many world-class genes and 19 winners of Chronic News Cannabis Cups. The company has a footprint all over the globe, including Germany, Canada, Colombia, St. Vincent & the Grenadines, Portugal, and Denmark.

Although seed banks may be located in countries like the U.K. or the Netherlands, these seed banks have the license to sell, import, and export cannabis seeds under the international legal trade frameworks. Good manufacturing practices (GMP), must be adhered to.

“In Europe, we abide by EU-GMP standards, which requires a rigorous approach to production of all medicines,” Franchise Global Health Executive Chairman and CEO Clifford Starke told Chronic News via email. “Medical cannabis is by definition a medicine and we are committed to adhering to these requirements so that patients can have the confidence that they are ingesting consistently high-quality product.”

New Frontier Data special contributor Oliver Bennett explained in an article why EU-GMP certification is critical in Europe—especially in the world of medical cannabis, in which quality control is of the utmost importance. To survive in the regulatory market, it is important to follow these good manufacturing practices.

Starke continued, “In our conversations with patients in Germany and other European countries, we became acutely aware that they are discerning and demanding, wanting quality control at all points of the journey, thereby making the procurement of high-quality genetics vital to our vertically integrated business model.” 

Franchise Global stated that its best-known strains will be kept aside for internal production. This is in order to sell its products on the global market. The company received C$9.5 million in third-party audits for 2021.

“Our goal is to become Europe’s most trusted source of high-quality EU-GMP cannabis. This will be achieved in part by establishing our seedbank as a source for high-quality, Cannabis-Cup winning genetics,” Starke said in the announcement. “Essentially this is 30 years worth of IP from landraces all around the world with strong genetic heritage including from Thailand, Colombia, and other highly sought after sources of origin.”

Franchise Global Health secured licenses in Germany for the import and distribution of cannabis. It also operates a 90,000. square-foot EU GMP-certified processing plant. Franchise Global operates in Germany a reserved cultivation facility of 500,000 sq. ft. at an EU GMP accredited facility in Ontario Canada. It has also delivered cannabis to Germany from a facility measuring 30,000 square feet.

In May 2012, the Danish government authorized all licensed businesses to manufacture and export medical cannabis. This was independent from any pilot programs. Hemp Today reported. Canadian-based businesses are eager to get involved in operations within the country.

According to Prohibition Partners’ last-year study, Germany imported record amounts of medical marijuana in 2020. According to further data, this trend showed a steady increase in imports over the past year.

Many viable seeds can be purchased from seed banks that offer high rates of germination. The purpose of seeds is to raise the chances that female plants will grow, which is necessary for producing THC and growing flowers.

The majority of cannabis seed banks keep feminized and autoflowering seeds. 2016 was the first year of this trend. Chronic News Danny Danko (cultivation editor) provided some brief explanations of the differences among these types of cannabis seed.

Visit Franchise Global Health to find out more information about the plans for the seed bank.