The 2017 CanEx Jamaica Business Conference & Expo was a great conference experience for Ganjagram. The ticket prices were prohibitive for most Jamaicans so it was very important for us to be there and not be excluded. To help our community with this, Ganjagram partnered with the conference organizers and were able to negotiate a more reasonable price on tickets for members of our network who are involved in medical cannabis. CanEx proved to be a great networking opportunity.
Montel Williams opened up about his life of going from constant pain and downing a dozen opioids a day to finding relief from all of this by using medical cannabis. Now as the founder of LenitivLabs, Montel is helping other medical patients find relief through cannabis.
“Medical cannabis has allowed me to live a productive, fruitful life despite having multiple sclerosis. Many thousands of others all over this country, less well-known than me but whose stories are just as real, have experienced the same thing.” - Williams
The Ganjagram team enjoyed hearing first hand about progress being made by local scientists such as Dr. Henry Lowe. Dr Lowe and his team of researchers have developed a drug called Cresorol used to treat acute myeloid leukemia (AML). The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) who regulates the food, drug and tobacco industry in the United States recently granted orphan-drug designation to Cresorol.
Networking and Job Fair
It was great to meet cannapreneurs like Bonita “Bo” Money who is the founder of Women Abuv Ground, a networking organization, dedicated to introducing the cannabis business to women of color.
Lawyer, Scheril Murray Powell, Esq. ran a Job fair as a part of a US based recruitment network called Canna Headhunters. She is the regular Cannabis Law expert on Cannabis Life Radio every Sunday on 850 WFTL Radio in Florida.
To conclude I'll leave you with a quote about the job fair from Douglas Gordon, the main conference organiser.
“We decided to host this job fair to let the public know about the career opportunities in this dynamic industry. It is critical that the population begins to understand that this industry is professional, ambitious, global, and growing rapidly. The economic and social benefits from a thriving, well-managed cannabis industry are attainable and significant." Douglas Gordon, CanEx Jamaica Organiser