Agriculture Technology Transforming Latin America’s Medical Cannabis Market

Latin America’s medical cannabis market may be a perfect fit for agriculture technology like precision irrigation.


We visited some cannabis grows in Colombia to figure out if the hype is real

If you’ve been keeping up with the state of the international cannabis industry, then you’ve probably heard of Colombia being poised as the next major hub for cannabis exports.

With the perfect climate and geography for cultivation, low production costs, a vast network of experienced professionals in the field (illegal experience is still experience!), and the green-light from the INCB (International Narcotics Control Board) to grow and export over 25 percent of the world’s total production quota (40.5 tonnes), Colombia has had investors drooling over the chance to break into the world’s next star in the realm of legal cannabis.


Hemp as change agent in former Colombian war zone

INTERVIEW: Avelino Martinez Sandoval, CEO at ApagroCOL S.A.S., works with the Colombian national government’s Territorial Renewal Agency (ART), which advances rural reform in the areas most affected by Colombia’s armed conflict. Sandoval works on economic development initiatives that uplift rural communities and indigenous peoples, within the framework of peace agreements between the Colombian government and the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia (FARC).



Is Colombia poised to become the Saudi Arabia of cannabis?

The strife-torn South American nation of Colombia has embarked on an ambitious undertaking to reinvigorate its weak economy and reduce its dependence on oil by becoming a leading global producer of medical marijuana products. For a wide variety of reasons, this may not be as daunting as it seems. Colombia, by virtue of its equatorial climate and natural diversity, possesses a significant comparative advantage over Canada and other jurisdictions where cultivation is legal.


South America is a key cannabis market investors need to have exposure to

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During the last year, the Latin American cannabis market has been a major area of interest and this is a trend that we are excited about. When you compare the cost of cultivating cannabis in North America to Latin America, the economics associated with the Latin American opportunity are much more attractive and we are bullish on the growth prospects associated with this emerging market.


Colombia’s medical marijuana industry: a way to end the stigma surrounding drugs?

Colombia, a country that has suffered greatly under the stigma of the illegal drug trade, has an opportunity to reinvent itself with the cultivation of a plant that for decades has been controlled by illegal groups: marijuana.

A 2016 law regulating the use of cannabis for scientific and medicinal purposes has been decisive in this regard. The law, which came into effect last year, allows for the legal cultivation of up to 40.5 tonnes, 44 per cent of the limit allowed by the International Narcotics Control Board (INCB).


German company to begin importing medical cannabis from Latin America

A German cannabis wholesaler and distributor has announced that they have become the first European company to import medical cannabis products from Latin America for preliminary testing.

On Wednesday, Frankfurt-based Cansativa revealed that they would be importing a variety of cannabis flower and extract products from Uruguay and Colombia to be tested by independent German laboratories for heavy metals, pesticides, and other contaminants.

In 2013, Uruguay became the first country in the world to completely legalize marijuana, though sales did not begin until July of 2017.


Is Colombia poised to be the Seed Bank for the world?

As cannabis legalization spreads globally, the need for the well-established grey market genetics companies to go legal is crucial. Original landrace strains have been crossbred to create thousands of strains, yet many legal markets are often limited to sourcing genetics from Canada, Israel, Spain, or Bulgaria. In the United States, the grey market for seeds has exploded, with some of the hottest genetics coming out of legal recreational states including California, Colorado, Oregon, Alaska, and Washington.


This entrepreneur wants to cure the sick with high-quality cannabis

Lucia, a Colombian girl, suffered severe epileptic seizures since adolescence. Although she visited many doctors and specialists, at 35 years of age she had not found anything that would help her treat the debilitating symptoms of her illness.

One day she was able to travel to Canada where a specialist recommended a brand of medicinal cannabis oil that, as soon as she tried, significantly mitigated her ailments. Her spasms were less violent and her triggers less frequent.

Upon returning to her home country, however, Lucia could not locate the medicine that had benefited her so much. Although she tried many cannabidiol presentations available on her local market, none gave her the same result she had experienced in Canada.


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