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Overview Program of CannaTrade 2024

From May 24-26, the next CannaTrade will take place in Hall 622. Back in Zurich, with a spacious (and covered) outdoor zone, the Hemp Food Festival, the Joint Roll Contest Swiss Championship, the CannaSwissCup and everything around CBD, cultivation, smoking accessories, nutrition, medicine and everything the hemp plant has to offer.

Visitors can enjoy the following highlights and side events in addition to over 150 trade fair stands.

Conference

The CannaTrade Conference provides information on the currently relevant political topics from Switzerland and Europe, delves into the medical aspects of the medicinal plant cannabis, and this year takes a small journey back to the 60s, to the era of LSD.

Note: Due to renovation works in and around Hall 622 in Zurich, this year's conference will be held at the > Gallery and is unfortunately only accessible via stairs, thus not accessible for wheelchair users. We sincerely apologize and thank you for your understanding.

 

Friday

13.00
German
Cannabis Legalization in Switzerland - Update and Outlook

The pilot projects have started, and the parliament is drafting a bill to regulate cannabis in Switzerland, expected by the end of this year. What will this legislation look like? Will it follow Germany’s model, allowing consumption and personal cultivation, or will it lean towards the Canadian approach, specifically Quebec, where a strong government monopoly controls cannabis sales? Together with National Councillor Barbara Gysi, president of the parliamentary commission responsible, stakeholders from the Federal Office of Public Health, the Parliamentary Group on Cannabis, the Hemp Interest Group, and consumers will discuss.

Moderator

Daniel Haymann (Moderation) (MME Legal), Barbara Gysi (Präsidentin Kommission für soziale Sicherheit und Gesundheit ), Christian Werz (BAG), Marc Brüngger (Pure Production), Elias Galantay (IG HANF), Nino Forrer

 

14.30
Englisch
Germany has decriminalized. What now for Europe?

Since April 1st, it has been legal to smoke cannabis in Germany, and individuals are allowed to grow up to three cannabis plants at home. From July 1st, cultivation associations will be permitted, allowing up to 500 members to grow and distribute cannabis. What impact will this have on Europe? Which countries will follow Germany? And what's next for Germany? Will it move into phase two with pilot projects similar to Switzerland, or will it maintain the status quo? High-profile speakers from across Europe will discuss and highlight where problems still persist.

Moderator

Lisa Haag (Moderation) (MJ Universe ), Hendrik De Jong (Marry Jane ), Lars Oberndorf (GIZEH Raucherbedarf ), Timo Bongartz (Cannavigia), Nikita Cretu (Lumino), Leonid Kotlyar (DéWarrior Unlimited )

 

16.00
German
Future of Growing - What is recommended for German cultivation associations?

Since the CBD boom, Switzerland has gained extensive experience in cannabis cultivation, including THC plants, thanks to pilot projects. From July 1st, cultivation associations in Germany will be legally able to grow cannabis for up to 500 members. Which cultivation methods (indoor, greenhouse, outdoor) are recommended? What should be considered, and what is advised? Renowned cultivation and plant experts will discuss and provide a comprehensive insight into the science of contemporary cannabis cultivation.

Note: German cultivation associations are recommended to attend the intensive seminar for cultivation associations, “Cannabis Competence Days”, on June 12th and 13th, 2024 in Berlin, organized in cooperation with the CB Club Berlin.

Moderator

Michael Mosimann (Moderation) (Fourtwenty ), Mike Ruckle (Pure Production AG), Franz Josef Sima (Fluence), Marc Montandon (CarbonActive ), Timm Green (Biobizz / Green Connection Germany)

 

 

Saturday

12.00
German
The listing of cannabis in the 1961 Single Convention is considered a violation of international law

The UN International Narcotics Control Board monitors compliance with international control treaties on the cultivation, production, and use of cannabis and warned as recently as March 2024 against the legalization of cannabis. Such legalization would not be permissible under international law, contradicting global drug agreements. But do these old treaties still apply if they are based on racism, deliberate deception, and abuse of power?

Annemarie Meyer

 

13.00
German
40 Years of Nachtschatten Verlag: From Prohibition to Legalization

It has been 40 years since Roger Liggenstorfer founded Nachtschatten Verlag out of "defiance" after having books on psychoactive plants confiscated from him as a market trader. Knowledge and enlightenment as the basis for responsible and safe drug use and as help to end prohibition have been and are Roger Liggenstorfer's life's work. Now retiring, he looks back with companions on his 40 years as a "drug publisher," on 40 years of prohibition, where at the "end of his career," cannabis is finally, albeit slowly, being regulated and legalized, and other psychoactive substances are finding their way back into medicine and hopefully into legality.

Moderator

Roger Liggenstorfer (Moderation) (Nachtschatten Verlag), Sven Schendekehl (Legalize it!), Mathias Bröckers, Thomas Kessler

 

14.00
German
The pilot projects in Switzerland are underway - how well?

The first pilot project for recreational cannabis use in Basel started in January 2023. A year and a half later, projects are up and running in Zurich, Bern, Basel, Lucerne, Lausanne, and Geneva, soon in St. Gallen, and hopefully soon in all other Swiss cities. How have the projects started? How satisfied are the authorities, organizers, producers, dispensaries, consumers, and the population? What are the challenges? What insights have been gained so far from the pilot projects? The involved stakeholders discuss the situation and look to the future.

Moderator

Chrigi Glanzmann (Moderation) (SRF), Barbara Burri (Städtische Gesundheitsdienste), Philipp Hagenbach (Cannavigia), Aline Gralke (Sanity Group), Stefan Strasser (SwissExtract ), Robin Rosenberger (Pure Production), Massimo Castellucci (MANY´S Coffeeshop & Social Club)

 

 

Sunday

13.00
German
Simplified Issuance of Medical Cannabis in Switzerland – A Success?

Since August 1, 2022, medical cannabis can be cultivated, imported, exported, and - above all - simply prescribed in Switzerland. Where do we stand today? Are there enough products and dispensaries? Are there enough trained doctors? Are patients informed? Stakeholders from the SGCM-SSCM, patients, and industry representatives discuss the current state of affairs, where problems still lie, and where improvements have been made.

Moderator

Michael Spahr (Moderation) (Radio Rabe), Simon Nicolussi (Stauffacher Apotheke Zürich / Boardmember SGCM), Simón Winistörfer (Verein MEDCAN), Marc Eversfield (Curaleaf International), Marcus Reussmann (Aurora Deutschland GmbH), Jan Begemann (Pure Pharma)

 

14.00
German
10 Years of MEDCAN Association

The MEDCAN Association was founded ten years ago to change the situation of cannabis patients in Switzerland. Franziska and Simon – both cannabis patients themselves – recount the association's history from its inception to today. They discuss the new law and the opportunities for patients today, as well as the problems and challenges faced, and the education and activist work of MEDCAN and its goals for the future.

Franziksa Quadri (Verein MEDCAN), Simón Winistörfer (Verein MEDCAN)

 

15.00
German
Medicinal Cannabis in Switzerland - Insights from Practice

This therapy option is still something that requires active advocacy. However, interest in it is increasing with every successfully treated patient, even though the scientific data is sometimes rather sparse. Our real-world data may eventually surpass scientific studies, especially if all prescribing parties would enter this data into the Mecanna data recording system of the Federal Office of Public Health. This could fundamentally change the prescription landscape and reimbursement practices in favor of the patients. Let's hope for this! Until then, we must collaborate interprofessionally and interregionally, and maintain regular exchanges with those affected to learn more. You will learn about what has already been happening in various medical fields in Switzerland in a brief insight into the practice of cannabis medicine.

Bea Goldman (Stauffacher Apotheke, Board Member SGCM)

 

16.00
German
The Love You Take is Equal to the Love You Make." LSD in the Sixties

This quote from the Beatles' song "The End" from the Abbey Road album encapsulates the philosophy of the Peace-and-Love era. While it was still legal, LSD therapy was widely practiced. At countless colleges, on the streets, and during the famous Summer of Love in 1967 and 1968 in San Francisco, Toronto, and elsewhere, vast amounts of LSD were consumed. Afterwards, it became illegal. Susanne Seiler, who emigrated to Toronto in 1968, experienced this development firsthand: Since we were young and inexperienced, the high doses we took sometimes led to dark trips and psychological problems. However, most of those who took LSD at that time discovered a source of wisdom that helped them throughout their lives, guiding, inspiring, and encouraging them.

Susanne G. Seiler (The Psychedelic Salon)

 

Sound

DJs from Radio Rabe, as well as CannaTrade Resident's DJ C.Stone and DJ Klangbecker, will supply CannaTrade 2024 with the finest sound – LIVE on site and across all radio stations!

 

Friday

11.00
C.Stone
All Styles

14.00
PanoΣ
Funky Downtempo

17.00
Klangbecker
Easy Tripping / Soulful Dub & Breaks

19.00
Business Evening / DJ C.Stone
All Styles

 

Saturday

11.00
Maja
Afrobeats, Dancehall, Rap

14.00
C.Stone
All Styles

17.00
Sanchez
Reggae / Hip Hop

20.00
40 Jahre Nachtschatten / P.A.Farmer
Indie Dance / Techno / Progressive House

 

Sunday

11.00
Klangbecker
Space-Safari-Indiependent-Dance-Shit

12.00
C.Stone
All Styles

15.00
Milenka
Breaks, Dancehall, Ambient

16.30
Miraculix
Futurebeats

Side Events

CannAward

CannAward 2024
The CannAward 2024 will take place in a reduced form: The most beautiful stand will be awarded (all exhibitors automatically participate) and a Lifetime Achievement Award will be presented.

Saturday 25 May, 19.30

> Stage (Chillout-Area)

CannaComix

CannaComix – Exhibition

The two artists Steve Stoned and Chris F. aka SmokingJoe MonsterBud, will be presenting their best works of art from the last 20 years at the CannaComix exhibition.

Daily

> Stand 102

CannaSwissCup

CannaSwissCup – Switzerland’s Cannabis Cup since 1998

Established in 1998, put on ice in 2006 and revived in 2017:
The CannaSwissCup – Selection of the best Swiss Cannabis sorts

CannaSwissCup - Course of Action

From January till March, the different sorts will be forwarded for analyses on the content of THC, CBD, CBG, Nicotine, Pesticide and Mycotoxine as well as for the Terpen-Analysis. Subsequently the VIP-Jury will select the best sorts - worthy to be included in the Jury-Card. The Cards can be bought exclusively at the CannaTrade 2024.

The Jury-Members get time to test the sorts out of the various categories (Indoor, Outdoor and Hash) until 23 May 2024 and finally to vote for their preferences.

All data on the sorts involved will be made anonymous during the entire process. The results of the analyses, the naming of the sorts and their producers will be pronounced after the Awardshow by the Verein CannaSwissCup.

Become a Jury Member
> Stand 110

Awardshow
Saturday 25 Mai, 19.00
> Stage (Chillout-Area)

Live Glass Show

Live Glass Show
The Glass School Switzerland is visiting CannaTrade! Experienced glass blowers will showcase their skills for three days, and beginners can take their first step in glass blowing. Watch as enchanting pipes, bongs, and dab rigs are crafted using glass and flame, and immerse yourself in the art of glass blowing.

Daily

> Stand 99

Hemp Food Festival

Eat hemp without getting high!

Taste the delicious and international food stuff presented by the various hemp food stalls at the CannaTrade. What’s special there? You will get a Hemp-Menu at each of the food stalls, like hemp pasta, vegan hemp burger or just combine your fried sausage with tasty hemp mustard.
Hemp seeds, but also the cold-pressed hemp oil, are high in content of Omega-3-Fatty Acids (polyunsaturated), which are essential.

Daily

> Chillout-Area

Joint Roll Contest

The Swiss Championship 2024
WHO ROLLS THE FASTEST JOINT IN THE WHOLE COUNTRY?
The search is on for the Swiss Champion in joint rolling. The winner will win 10g of real gold and the title "Swiss Champion in Joint rolling".

Qualification:
Friday 24 May and Saturday 25 May
> Stand 154

Swiss Championship
Saturday 25 May, 16.20
> Conference Stage

Fun Contest
Sunday 26 May
> Stand 154

> jointrollcontest.com

Afterparties

 

Friday

Business Evening CannaTrade

CannaTrade is delighted to invite all exhibitors and VIP business customers to the Business Evening. Fourtwenty and Harmonius will take care of the culinary delights, while CannaTrade provides beer and soft drinks. DJ C.Stone will be on deck to ensure the evening is filled with good vibes, all in the spirit of mixing business with pleasure!

19.00 – 22.00
> Chillout-Area

Note: Access for all exhibitors and Business VIP guests


 

Saturday

40 Years of Nachtschatten Publishing

In celebration of its 40th anniversary, Nachtschatten Publishing invites you to a small party in the Chillout Area starting at 20:00. The evening will begin with a laudation by Ben Arn, a few words from the founder Roger Liggenstorfer, and the passing of the staff—or rather, the joint—to his successor Lukas Emmenegger. The event will be sweetened by a specially delicious panna cotta from high-cuisine chef Andre Schneider and accompanied by the pleasant sounds of long-time companion DJ Dinu aka Farmer.

20.00 – 22.00
> Chillout-Area

Note: Access for all exhibitors and Business VIP guests


Exclusive GIZEH Afterparty CannaTrade

Visit GIZEH at CannaTrade and secure a chance to win one of 150 tickets to the exclusive GIZEH Afterparty at Zurich’s hottest techno club “Kauz”! What do you need to do? Just swing by the GIZEH booth and let yourself be surprised! Along with the limited tickets, expect other exciting activities with great prizes. Find GIZEH at > Stand 156

22.00 - late
> Kauz Zurich

Note: Access only with a Gizeh ticket, available at Stand 156


Official CannaTrade Afterparty

The guys from Sozhiety Club Zurich are hosting the big, public afterparty of CannaTrade. The first floor offers a cozy spot for smoking and relaxing, while the dance floor below heats up with beats, drinks, and smoke—party until the sun comes up!

21.00 - late
> Sozhiety

Note: Access for CannaTrade exhibitors and visitors with the CannaTrade wristband


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