Will Kinrooi Become the Mecca of Medicinal Cannabis in Belgium?

The Federal Agency for Medicines and Health Products (FAMHP) has received anapplication to allow the establishment of a large R&D facility to perform large-scale research into medicinal cannabis in the town of Kinrooi in the provence of Limburg. If this research facility can be established, it will generate approximately 500 to 800 new jobs.

The suppression of spasticity in MS patients or pain relief to cancer: the impact of medical cannabis in the year 2016 is undisputed. “Still, much more research is absolutely needed,” says Joris Vanvinckenroye, founder of Royal Doctors.

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Vanvinckenroye wants to establish a research facility that needs to figure out how the cannabis plant can be stabilized and optimized to express the perfect THC and CBD levels ratios, so they are suitable for large-scale drug production.

The goal is to develop specific strains that are optimized for specific illnesses. If the research facility is coming, it means, according Vanvinckenroye, an investment of 80 million euros and employment of 500 FTE.