Trinidad and Tobago Prime Minister, Dr. Keith Rowley has been invited to attend an international cannabis conference to be held in Jamaica next month in the ongoing discussions on decriminalization and possible legislation of marijuana.
He will be among speakers for the event, which will include former president of Mexico, Vincente Fox, former television host in the USA Montel Williams and Bruce Linton, founder of Canopy Growth Corporation (CGC). The announcement was made by Douglas Gordon, founder of Canex Jamaica Business Conference and Expo.
The third annual CanFex Conference will take place in Montego Bay, Jamaica from Sept. 27-29.
Gordon said he believes if government officials attend the conference they will be updated to the medicinal and economic benefits of marijuana and the need to address the laws surrounding it.
He said the conference would encourage not only government ministers but also members of the medical fraternity, business people, potential investors, healthcare practitioners, cultivators, farmers people in agriculture — a wide section of individuals — who should be looking at the industry.
The CanFex Jamaica Business Conference and Expo is a business conference that brings together cannabis industry professionals from 20 countries across North America, the Caribbean, Europe and South and Central America to discuss the latest advances in the medicinal, health and wellness, legal regulatory, business and investment landscapes.
The event will feature presentations, panel discussions, exhibitions for experts, policy-makers, researchers that will provide a platform for knowledge sharing and high-level business networking.
The conference began in 2016, when Gordon said he recognized the issue of marijuana legalization was moving fast at a global level.
Gordon believes the Caribbean region has an important part to play in the global movement.
He said apart from the important medicinal benefits to be derived from marijuana, governments need to understand that the industry can also stimulate economic growth.