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2. Sensi Seeds Seedbank

Oudezijds Achterburgwal 150

Every cannabis plant starts with a seed. Just as wine has grape varieties, there are thousands of different types of cannabis, with specific characteristics such as flavour and effect. Enterprising cannabis enthusiasts have collected them in ‘seed banks’. You are in front of the first seed shop of one of the founders of the international cannabis seed industry. Pioneer Ben Dronkers, the museum director, founded the company Sensi Seeds in 1985.

Frustrated by perpetual battles with the law due to the semi-legal status of ‘weed’, he looked for an alternative product within the cannabis industry. He found a loophole in the law: cannabis seeds could be sold as souvenirs. Today, the company is one of the largest cannabis seedbanks in the world, with a portfolio consisting of over 500 different strains. The Dutch government chose Sensi Seeds genetics for the prescription medicinal cannabis available in Dutch pharmacies.

Watch an interview with Ben Dronkers.


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