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Growing plans for cannabis industry

Growing plans for cannabis industry

Friday 29 March 2019

Growing plans for cannabis industry

The House of Green Limited is heading to Berlin this weekend to further plans for cannabis cultivation in Guernsey.

The local company is looking to "open doors" in Europe at an International Cannabis Business Conference.

It has made applications to the States for a license to cultivate cannabis and make a central extraction facility, aiming to create hundreds of jobs in the island.

"We are in discussions with a senior lawyer dealing with the development of a cannabis industry in Europe," said Chief Executive Officer Paul Smith. "We are also arranging meetings with key industry participants from cultivation through to extraction."

More than 60 countries will be represented at the conference, featuring talks from global cannabis researchers and top industry professionals. "The intention is to develop and build relationships and to put the name The House of Green out there," continued Mr Smith. "It has the potential to open numerous doors for us in Europe both for sales of our products and also for the establishment of joint ventures throughout Europe.

"We are very keen to extend our network of contacts at the highest level in the industry to enable us to be at the leading edge."


Pictured: Deputy Marc Leadbeater, Nick Russell, Billy Russell, Paul Smith and Gary Tucker at Turfing Nursery.

Last week the company applied for planning permission to erect a security fence and gates around its greenhouses at the Bellefluer Nursery, Les Martins in St Sampson's.

It is also looking to develop its relationship with local growers. The House of Green is "continuing to see interest" from Guernsey residents in the growing industry who would like to join the cooperative and hopes to offer them financial assistance where possible, practical advice and support.

It will soon be looking to relocate a team of "experts" from California, bringing with them decades of experience in the cannabis industry. The team, which has been recruited by the local company, is headed up by Gary Tucker who designed and built the largest extraction centre in the US. If The House of Green's licence is approved by the States the team will set up the operation with the intention of training a number of local people to take over management in the future.

Mr Smith is excited about what the future will bring: "Guernsey has an amazing opportunity here to become a centre of excellence for this industry and to establish a reputation for quality cannabis products. It certainly has the potential to put Guernsey on the map."

Pictured top: File image.

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