The 2019 staging of CanEx Jamaica business conference and expo saw a number of personnel coming together to share their knowledge, insight and vision for the blooming ganja industry. One such person was St Vincent and Grenadines Minister of Agriculture, Forestry, Fisheries, Rural Transformation, Industry & Labor, Hon. Saboto S. Caesar.
“My friends we are standing at the beginning of a massive in global trading opportunity and I am humbled to say that the broader Caribbean community including Jamaica and my own St Vincent and Grenadines we are leading the way.” ~Hon. Saboto S. Caesar.
Hon. Saboto S. Caesar started his speech by saying that not long ago just saying the word “ganja” would conjure up only inches of criminality and misconduct a product of the most dangerous eloquence in society. Ganja was not only shunned by Christians; it made you appear to be a looser and was the source of all in which plagued mental pollutions, this is in no way supportive of the use and misuse of ganja. The stone that the builder refused not even 10 years ago has now become the head corner stone what was once scorned is now hyped, that which was demonized is now a healer so much so that the once fountain head of all social ills is now welcomed as a way to bring in huge markets, attract investments in research and development and strengthen the linkages between agricultural sectors and value adding industries in the Caribbean basin.
This shifted public opinion in favor of the ganja industry has naturally resulted in an acceleration of legalization, decriminalization and regulation of medicinal and recreational ganja at all levels locally, regionally and internationally. As any first year economics student can tell you when you accelerate the opening of markets this naturally results in an increase in the markets demand for trade today more than 50 countries around have legalized some form of medicinal ganja that is more than 1 in 4 countries. There is an estimated 1.2 billion people that is suffering from medical conditions that are treatable by ganja, the younger generation is more likely to understand and support the medicinal value of the product it is clear which direction public opinion and economic forces are moving it is just a matter of time.
Hon. Saboto S. Caesar went on to state that both hemp and ganja collectively have the power to cause the greatest economic upset in world history because of the number of established raw materials which will be substituted. The health sector treatment access and care the war on opioids are u aware that hemp can produce every piece of garment you are wearing today. Cosmetics, for those who are wearing make-up hemp have a value chain for that. The fuel industry; bio-fuel, the construction sector; hempcrete, the alcohol industry; weather its beer, vodka or rum, the food industry; hemp milk and banking sector. We are all here to work together and we all called to experience the spirituality we are called to corporate and create with each other.
“It would be remise of me if I failed to mention the importance of environmental protections in the further development and growth of our industry in the Caribbean we are grappling with vagaries of climate change and it will be fool hardy of us when we work to produce the gallons of oil that my brother Shaw spoke about that we do not use renewable energy. We have to go green in our production in the ganja industry.” ~Hon. Saboto S. Caesar.