CanEx 2018: Montel Williams calls out ganja players on research funding

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ganja-image-5.jpgFormer television personality Montel Williams has categorised operators in the medical cannabis industry who refuse to pump some of their gains into advancing research on the plant, as drug traffickers in the global black market.

"As we make more and more money, and as we get involved in this business, if you don't set aside some of your money for testing and for research, then I will tell you, you are as crooked and as criminal as anybody who has been involved in an [illegal] drug business. How many houses do we need? How many cars do you need?" Williams, who is a radio talk-show host and actor, said.

"So the science needs to be done. We need to continue to do science and we need to do it as vigorously as we possibly can," he continued.

He was addressing Thursday's opening day of the 2018 CanEx Jamaica -- Business Conference & Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James, Jamaica.

The conference, which will run until September 30, has attracted a number of foreign stakeholders.

Yesterday, former Mexican President Vicente Fox and his wife Marta, arrived in Montego Bay. He iwas slated to deliver a keynote speech at the conference on Friday. He was met on arrival by senior advisor in the Ministry of Tourism, Delano Seiveright; CanEx founder and organiser, Douglas Gordon; and CEO of Zimmer & Co T'Shura Gibbs.

Minister of Industry, Commerce, Agriculture and Fisheries Audley Shaw is also scheduled to address the conference today.

Held for the first time in 2016, CanEx Jamaica Business Conference and Expo brings together top cannabis industry experts from the United States, Canada, South and Central America, Europe, Australia, and the Caribbean.