CanEx 2018: 'Treat ganja as sacred'

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ganja-image-5.jpgAmerican businessman and former talk show host, Montel WIlliams, charged individuals in the medical cannabis sector to remember to treat the plant as sacred.

"It's time for us to remember it's a healing plant; it's a blessed plant; it's a sacred plant, let's treat it that way. Let's treat this industry that way so that people recognise that you can do good things and still make money," Williams urged.

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

In bringing welcome, Mayor of Montego Bay Councillor Homer Davis warned investors in the cannabis trade that they must ensure that they do not breach Jamaica's business codes.

"I caution, however, that these investments must be orderly and must conform to the laws of our land. I am sure the cannabis industry is a sustainable one and one that can provide well-paying job opportunities for our citizens, our scientists and certainly those who are involved at other levels of the trade," he said.

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 is slated to deliver a keynote speech at the conference today.

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.