Odense has become the European hot spot for medical cannabis. Since late 2017, two of the world’s largest players within medical cannabis, Canopy Growth Corporation and Aurora Cannabis Inc. (both from Canada), have started their European operations in Odense as joint ventures with Danish partners. In the beginning of 2018, Spectrum Cannabis Denmark (part of Canopy Growth Corporation) and Aurora Nordic Cannabis are building up dedicated production capacities in Odense, with plans of becoming Europe’s largest producer of medical cannabis.
Furthermore, the University of Southern Denmark (SDU) and the Odense University Hospital (OUH) are researching the use of medical cannabis. Thus, Odense finds itself in the centre of a rising trend in today’s healthcare – medical cannabis.
Fyn is often called Denmark’s garden, as Fyn has the largest concentration of greenhouses in Denmark. Medical cannabis might be new to Odense and Fyn, but we have a lot of experience in growing flowers and vegetables.
Fyn have the facilities, visionary companies and a highly skilled workforce – and 2/3 of the greenhouse area in Denmark.
The City of Odense is in the process of creating a formal network around medical cannabis in Odense and its environs. We have experience within the horticulture industry, we have knowledge on the Odense University Hospital (OUH) and the University of Southern Denmark (SDU), and furthermore we have a municipality that has an entire setup to help companies.
“In other words we have all the components for creating a strong cluster out of this,” says Mayor in Odense, Peter Rahbæk Juel.
The purpose of the network is to establish the medical cannabis industry in Odense and its environs and support the growth of medical cannabis. Thus, a large part of the network’s job is to ensure investment in the development of the growing production industry for medical cannabis. Among the members are both SDU, OUH, Danish Gardening and several Danish and foreign producers of medical cannabis, thereby securing collaboration between both investors, gardeners and scientists supported by the City of Odense itself.
Read more about the network and our activities here: investinodense.dk/medical-cannabis/
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