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No more seeds to sow? By Psy-23

Over the past few decades, Dinafem and Humboldt Seeds have become widely applauded for their tireless efforts to bring a multitude of seeds to the masses.

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Over the past few decades, Dinafem and Humboldt Seeds have become widely applauded for their tireless efforts to bring a multitude of seeds to the masses.

Countless strains have ushered forth from their hallowed halls over the years, winning them fans the world over for their trusted genetics and consistent results.

Frequently praised for their outstanding feminized and autoflowering seeds, these seedbanks have become synonymous with high quality seeds at fair prices and this has led to them being recognized as some of the best in the game.Incredibly, everything came to an unexpected and catastrophic dead-end in mid-September and there’s still no sign of a solution almost two months

Weed World were contacted just after our last issue went to print by representatives of Pot Sistemak S.L., a global company who specialize in the sale and distribution of seeds, grains and other agriculture related products, who are the parent company of Dinafem, Humboldt and various other companies. In the press release they issued, they outlined that as of September 16th of 2020 they have found themselves under judicial investigation by the Spanish authorities. At the time of writing, the exact details of the investigation are still relatively opaque but the main focus seems to be the prevention of any future sale of cannabis seeds to any retailers and providers. While the investigation is ongoing all of the company’s finances have been frozen.

The impact of this on the community obviously has the potential to be huge as there will be no avenue for stores and retailers to resupply once their stocks are diminished. Furthermore, almost all of the nearly 100-strong team have been temporarily suspended from their roles at Pot Sistemak S.L. at a time when the global economy and jobs market is taking a huge hit from the impact of the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic. As if that wasn’t bad enough, they have also been forced to suspend all laboratory testing and research into cannabis, including their work with the University of the Basque Country (UPV/EHU) where they were working with esteemed colleagues across multiple specialist fields. This means a significant delay for future progress in their various research fields, which is a bitter pill to swallow for all of us.

Legal teams are working night and day in an effort to unpick all of the various points of this judicial intervention. To the best of our knowledge, there have been multiple arrests made in relation to this investigation and the authorities have seized somewhere in the region of 20 million seeds along with freezing funds and assets associated with those at Pot Sistemak S.L.. In spite of the fact that the sale of seeds is not classed as illegal under the provisions of the 1961 Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs, the entire case seems to be built around demonizing those involved in the sale of seeds.

The range of accusations is staggering and some of those accused now find themselves facing charges of crimes against public health, money laundering, electricity fraud and running a criminal organization. The police also seized more than two thousand seedlings from producers who are accused of ‘supplying’ the criminal organization.

As you would expect, this has been a crushing blow for all of the individuals involved and it has been a traumatizing experience for them to suddenly find themselves targeted by the authorities after more than 21 years of operating with full transparency. Many other companies have expressed their concerns that this action may just be the tip of the iceberg and it begs the question of what comes next in this assault on the industry.

When you consider the ever-expanding and increasing level of revenue and taxation which is pouring into and out of the cannabis market, it’s surprising to see this kind of action taking place. By their own admission, Pot Sistemak S.L. has put more than 2 million Euros back into the country through taxation last year alone and as their efforts continue to expand they were projected to be even more significant contributors in the coming years.Unsurprisingly, this blatant attack on some of the foremost seed banks in the world has sent shockwaves through the entire industry. Many others in the industry recognize Dinafem’s stellar work and ethics and see this attack as an assault on the whole of the Spanish cannabis industry.

The big question now is what happens next? Is this ‘big fish’ going to be the first of many or a ‘trophy kill’ to display for years to come? Are smaller suppliers, seed banks and retailers going to find themselves squirming under the microscope in the near future and, if so, what’s the endgame of all this? Some people hypothesize that this is all part of a much bigger chess game which will lead to ‘apparent legalization’ under incredibly restrictive government control.

If this is the case then there’s no real way of knowing what this means for the future of seed banks as we know them and the wider implications for the global community could be far-reaching. Reports indicate that there are already some tentative steps towards an industry which ignores those who have built it from the ground-up in favor of new companies with close ties to the government.

Some of these include companies involved in phytopharmaceuticals who have already managed to secure contracts that allow them to export cannabis-derived products to other countries. With this in mind, it’s outrageous to see well-established companies being put under excessive scrutiny.

At the time of writing, accessing the official websites for Dinafem leads users to be greeted by a banner explaining that all sales are frozen and nothing can be purchased. Only time will tell how long this saga continues.

Whatever happens, it’s certainly a worrying time for all involved and our thoughts and best wishes go out to all those affected by this terrible news. We’ll keep you posted as we know more.

Written and Published By Psy-23 In Weed World Magazine Issue 149

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From Despair to Repair, By Dee Mani-Mitchell

British born Gemma Mackay wholeheartedly and openly admits that if it wasn’t for cannabis, she perhaps wouldn’t be alive today.

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British born Gemma Mackay wholeheartedly and openly admits that if it wasn’t for cannabis, she perhaps wouldn’t be alive today.

Gemma’s story is similar to that of many others in the fact that self-medicating with cannabis was the only way out from living with the tumultuous and torturous trauma of the past.

When I asked Gemma when her issues first began, I wasn’t expecting the reply of “before birth!”…Gemma’s mother was in an abusive relationship and the abuse was so severe that it had left the womb riddled with anxiety, you may be reading this and thinking that unborn babies don’t have the ability to inherit trauma from the mother, but you couldn’t be further from the truth. Early pre and post-natal experiences, including early trauma, are encoded in the implicit memory of the fetus, located in the subcortical and deep limbic regions of the maturing brain.

Research has found that the limbic system, when interrupted during early developmental stages, can contribute to PTSD and mental health problems later in life, as it’s a region for emotional regulation. Such memories will travel with us into our early days of infancy and beyond and, more importantly, these early experiences set our ongoing physiological and psychological regulatory baselines, which, in a nutshell, means the experiences we have in the womb already start to set the course for how our bodies and our minds will respond to the world once we are born and later on in life.

Of course, Gemma doesn’t remember much of her early years of life, however at 3 years old more subconscious trauma embedded itself when Gemma’s mother dropped her off at nursery and never went back to collect her, that was the last time Gemma saw her mother until very briefl y at age 22 for an awkward moment. Her mother’s disappearance left her to be raised in Jamaica by her abusive father and stepmother. Her father was emotionally absent from Gemma’s life and he ignored the fact that his wife was also physically abusing Gemma.

This horrendous upbringing, which went on for 9 years, ended by being sent to boarding school in the UK. Then, once that was over, at 17 Gemma’s dad had instructed she was to be cut off from the family, obviously on the direction of his evil, manipulative wife. Many years later into adult life, whilst still scarred from her childhood, Gemma returned to her dad’s licensed cannabis farm in Jamaica to help look after the business as he was out of action. Gemma believed this could be an excellent opportunity for her to bond with her father to help free up and come to terms with the childhood trauma.

Amazingly, she was successful in creating the first clone shop on the island which also led her setting up a new business called “Girls Who Grow” with the aim of connecting female growers across the globe.

During this time, she also created a range of topical creams to help people get rid of liver spots and help with other minor skin conditions, the ailments range took off super quickly, so Gemma decided to have some official training in an American extraction facility. On the back of that training, she bought extraction equipment and set up a small oil production unit back in Jamaica.

Gemma couldn’t believe how well she was doing on the farm, and had high hopes, dreams and ambitions of eventually expanding her newly taught knowledge into the mainstream. Sadly, all her hard work was quickly put to an end when her father literally threw Gemma and her 2 young children out onto the streets. Penniless, homeless and desperate – there was no other reason for this treatment other than the fact that his wife was jealous of Gemma’s success.

Despite trying to make amends the next day, his decision was made! The time on the farm was more than just work for Gemma: it was a way of allowing her father to mend some broken bridges from the past. She truly believed that they could lay their history to rest and bond for the sake of his grandkids, however this latest insult was the fi nal straw for Gemma and she promised herself she would never allow him to let her down again. Miraculously, she managed to get herself and her children back to the UK with the help of some close friends and eventually set up home and started work.

While she appeared to have her life back on track, in the physical sense, deep down her mental health was shattered and deteriorating fast due to her lacking a sense of self-worth. Every day she got into her car, she hoped and prayed for a crash – not wanting to see another day.

There was nothing she hoped for more than to end her life. The thought of leaving her children motherless was the only thing that had stopped her from causing a fatality, which she now can look back on and admit that her children were the only reason she didn’t actively take her own life! For a while, whilst having to deal with the rejection from her father all over again and the hurt and humiliation from her stepmother, she felt completely helpless and numb. She could feel her headspace wasn’t in the right place and she believed deep down her children would be better off without her.

Frightened that she may one day become too mentally sick to prevent her own suicide, she decided to seek medical help. The ideology was to have some anti-depressants for a quick fi x, believing that she would be in control of when to stop them (as soon as she felt better). The reality of her plan was a stark contrast. Whilst prescribed a very high strength of meds, Gemma had an adverse eff ect and became lost in her mind, crying non-stop.

The only feedback from her doctor was to give them more time. Whilst feeling suffocated from the scenarios that constantly played out in her head, coupled with a lot of self loathing and damage, sadly she had a psychotic episode and ended up smashing a glass on her head after she was convinced she saw the walls bleeding.

The self destruction resulted in 22 stitches and a scar for life – both physically and mentally.That was probably the wake-up call Gemma needed: she realized that her children were growing up without their mother. Yes, she was around in the physical sense, but mentally she was far removed from considering herself to be the best mother she could be and the reality that she could end up traumatizing their transition into adulthood, as her parents had carelessly tortured hers, became a catalyst to change.

Gemma decided the best course of action was to ditch the anti depressants and take matters into her own hands which is when she started self medicating with high doses of high strength CBD oil. After just a few short weeks, she could think straight and see clearly, she admits that she was fi nally well enough to get to grips with putting her mental health before anything else. This was all thanks to the CBD oil she was taking. Sadly, after her breakdown she lost her job, which made her even more determined to get her life back on track and moving forward.

She was totally alone and her kids solely depended on her, she had no support other than the medical support from the CBD oil.

After her time in Jamaica, she understood the intricacies of business, she also understood how it felt to be totally alone and confused in your own head with no help from the authorities, this is when she decided to set up on her own and essentially allowed her to kill two birds with one stone: being able to financially support herself and her children and being able to help others that were suffering from mental health issues. Gemma knew that there would be so many others feeling exactly the same way she had and, after managing to gain control of her life back from the help of cannabis, she knew this was her goal.

Her experience on the farm and the teachings on oil extraction were the two drivers in setting up a business called Cannabina, where she would produce and sell her own CBD products. As Gemma was growing and improving in herself, so was her business. She spoke to so many people with raw first-hand experience and was loving the fact that she could be there for people that seemingly were failed by the medical industry. Gemma grew her life having no-one to rely on with no first hand support from anyone.

She didn’t want anybody else to ever be in the same situation, and she admits the feeling of loneliness was the worse. Without wanting to burden any of her friends with her issues, she simply felt it was better to hide away and deal with her demons quietly in private. Of course, if she had a supportive family Gemma feels her troubles wouldn’t have escalated as they did, which is why the cannabis industry became her family community and she became an extension to her clients’ own families, helping them through such difficult, dark, depressive states.

This dedication and loyalty is what drove Gemma’s business to the next level, being totally supportive first and foremost, where most other companies are naturally concerned only with profits. Gemma has since expanded her range to include skincare products and is now also a business partner to the My Way CBD brand. From the depths of despair to the height of repair – cannabis truly gave Gemma her life and soul back.

Written and Published By Dee Mani- Mitchell In Weed World Magazine Issue 149

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Germany Rejects Recreational Cannabis Legalisation Bill; Chances of reform are unlikely, By Bethan Bee Rose

Cannabis advocates in Germany have seen their hopes for legalization dashed and divided after the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, rejected an all-encompassing bill on October 30, 2020.

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Cannabis advocates in Germany have seen their hopes for legalization dashed and divided after the Bundestag, the German federal parliament, rejected an all-encompassing bill on October 30, 2020.

Had it passed, the bill would have legalized a “strictly controlled” adult-use cannabis market.

Lobbyists and advocacy groups in Germany, which boasts the largest medical cannabis market in Europe, have been progressively pushing in the direction of cannabis reform. Unfortunately, the recent dismissal of a recreational cannabis market serves as a massive blow to the country’s reform efforts.

Many people will be surprised at the governmental body’s decision, with the vast majority of Bundestag members supporting at least some level of cannabis reform in Germany. Nonetheless, German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s center-right, Christian-democratic political alliance – the Union – does not approve of any liberalization pertaining to cannabis in the EU country.

Germany’s Cannabis Reform Efforts Unlikely to Prevail During this Legislative Period

A lack of votes from Germany’s reigning coalition parties Union and the Social Democratic Party (SPD), means cannabis legalization unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future. This is a stark contrast from what Canadian cannabis executives have been anticipating, many of which have felt confident that pot stocks will take a hike up north during the legislative period.

While many opposing political parties don’t agree with current ideas regarding cannabis legalization in Germany, many are keen on enacting some form of legalization. Nonetheless, discussions regarding the best way to accomplish reform are ongoing. The SPD remains firm on its stance that reform should, in some way, be enacted. Preferably, experimental pilot programs will lead the way for any aspect of reform to be brought to light

“Coalition discipline” was the primary reason why the SPD’s efforts were rejected. The bill was turned down by the largest political alliance in parliament – the Union – due to the fact that members are in firm opposition to recreational cannabis reform. In regard to opposing parties, Alternative für Deutschland (AfD) was the only opposing party that voted against the bill’s passing.


The Free Democratic Party (FDP) refrained from participating in the voting process, despite the fact that a bulk of this liberal political party have frequently aired their support for legalization.  Other Proposals for Cannabis Reform Dismissed by German Federal Parliament In addition to the cannabis legalization initiative that was rejected by the German federal parliament, a number of cannabis-related initiatives introduced by opposing parties were also rejected.

They included the following:


  • The Left wanted to decriminalize up to 15 grams of cannabis for possession;


  • The AFD pushed to treat medical cannabis products like other forms of medicine in regards to its efficacy — a measure that was rejected;


  • The FDP wanted to permit recreational cannabis experiments;


  • The FDP will drastically bolster the quality of medical cannabis cultivated in Germany;


  • The Left wants to decriminalize possession of up to 15 grams of cannabis;


  • The Left wants to allow a minute amount of THC in the blood when driving; proportional to the level of alcohol currently allowed among German drivers.

Six Political Parties in Germany Have Roadblocked Cannabis Legalization Six main political parties in Germany hold a major influence over the legalization of cannabis in the European country.

They are as follows:


  1. The Left – Possessing 69 seats in parliament, The Left voted in favor of Germany’s legal cannabis initiative.


  1. Social Democratic Party of Germany (SPD) – Maintaining 152 seats in parliament, this popular party is in favor of cannabis reform in Germany.


  1. The Greens – Despite holding fewer seats in parliament (67) this party was the second to support legislation in Germany.


  1. The Union – This coalition of the Christian Democratic Union (CDU) of Germany and the Christian Social Union (CSU) in Bavaria voted in opposition of the bill. The party maintains immense power over the EU country’s cannabis laws, what with The Union holding 246 seats in parliament.


  1. Free Democratic Party (FDP) – Despite introducing proposals to legalize cannabis in Germany, the FDP (composed of 80 governmental members) voted against recreational legalization in Germany.


  1. Alternative for Germany (AFD) – Treating cannabis on the same level as alternative medicines is essential for determining the success of such treatments, say members of the AFD. The party opposed the bill.

At the beginning of 2020, SPD members demonstrated interest in legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes.  “We see the regulated distribution of cannabis to adults in Germany as a good chance for a successful policy, ideally supported by simultaneous strengthening prevention and early intervention as well as counseling and treatment,” reads an excerpt from a paper published by members of the SPD members earlier in the year. Unfortunately, CSU member Daniela Ludwig CSU was in disagreement with the statement and lashed out at messages regarding the legislation on Twitter.

Activists Continue to Push for Cannabis Legalization in Germany Efforts to change Germany’s cannabis laws remain strong.

Each year, thousands of people descend upon the city of Berlin for the Hanfparade — a German-wide pro-Cannabis March. Furthermore, in 2019 a German cannabis-legalization lobby group known as the German Hemp Federation (GHF) launched a “justice offensive” with the sole purpose of encouraging the German Federal Constitutional Court (FCC) to declare laws against cannabis as unconstitutional.

Way back in June 2013, “A Few Autonomous Flower Children” – the name that represents a group of daring cannabis advocates – sprinkled several kilograms of cannabis seeds across the university town of Göttingen. Plus, in September of this year, a Berlin-based cannabinoid product manufacturer called Sanity Group teamed up with Düsseldorf-headquartered Cannacare Health to form a Pro-CBD association.

Since cannabis is the most frequently used illicit drug in the European Union, a target market clearly exists; one that could be tapped into for exponential economic gains.

This was made clear when a report issued by the European Monitoring Centre for Drugs and Drug Addiction (EMCDDA) in June 2020 claimed that 60% of survey respondents had used cannabis within the last 30 months. The agency determined that “occasional users” stopped or reduced their cannabis consumption amid the lockdown, but more frequent consumers “increased their consumption,” admitting that it helped to ease anxiety and boredom.

As advocates continue to spread awareness about the prospective benefits of cannabis legalization in Germany, we can expect to see further amendments to potency laws in the future.

Written and Published By Bethan Bee Rose In Weed World Magazine Issue 149

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