The business conference and exhibition features several surprising keynotes.
CanEX returns to Jamaica for its fifth annual lively conversations, presentations and networking at the Montego Bay Convention Center from September 15 to 17.
As a Trinidadian and New York native, CanEx CEO Douglas K. Gordon believes it’s critical that Jamaicans get their fair share of licenses from the Cannabis Licensing Authority (CLA) to grow locally in Jamaica.
“Our goal is to see the Caribbean seize the opportunity of a vibrant and thriving global cannabis industry. It is essential that there is a dynamic and fully inclusive model that adequately reflects the community, for which there is widespread benefit. The first of these opportunities is Jamaica, which over time has become the most powerful cultural association with the plant.
This year’s CanEx will have a strong female presence with four keynote speakers.
Wanda L. James, Founder and CEO of Simply Pure, along with her husband Scott Durrah, became the first legally licensed African Americans in the United States to own a dispensary, grow facility and edibles business.
Toi Hutchinson, president and CEO of the Marijuana Policy Project, is a former senator from Illinois, representing the 40th district from 2009 to 2019.
“During his tenure in the Senate, Hutchinson championed a variety of causes, including protecting women and children from violence, modernizing the state’s fiscal structure, and legalizing cannabis. Hutchinson is one of the original co-sponsors of the Cannabis Regulation and Taxation Act (CRTA), the most equity-focused law in the nation to legalize cannabis for adult use,” according to its website.
Prior to leaving the Senate, she served as the 46th Speaker of the National Conference of State Legislatures.
Jamie L Pearson, former President and CEO of Bhang, currently works as a cannabis industry consultant for New Holland Group.
Dr. Annabelle Manalo-Morgan, Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of Masaya Medical, a company that sells CBD that claims to be “99% THC-free”. Dr. Manalo-Morgan originally created the formula for his sick son. Flora Growth Life Sciences (NASDAQ: FLGC) acquired Masaya and Dr. Manalo-Morgan sits on the board.
On the legacy side of the cannabis equation, award-winning cannabis cultivator Wabba Clayton, founder and CEO of Wabba’s Weed Adventures and Tours, and manager of Brighton, Jamaica’s Blue Hole Mineral Spring resort, will be on a panel to explain the importance of being an operator of the family patrimony.
He hopes to speak directly to the CLA to explain why his candidacy has dragged on for more than three years.
In addition to the exhibition, a host of parties will take place, including a golf tournament and an all-white beach party at Rose Hall Beach Club.
Reggae artists Bushman, Gramps Morgan and Yaadcore will also speak on panels at CanEx. Use the code “SOMERCANEX” for a Cannabis and technology today ten percent off registration.