Ready for ‘Ganja Day’ - Second Scarce Festival, Innocent Plant Symposium and Cannabis Cup to mark the occasion
Jamaica will join the celebration of World Ganja Day on Friday with the second staging of the Annual Scarce Festival, Innocent Plant Symposium and Cannabis Cup at the Hope Gardens.
The symposium will feature a Cannabis Business Summit and Expo with booths showcasing and discussing some the medical cannabis products that are currently being researched and developed by local business and households.
Dr Lakisha Jenkins, a naturopath and registered master herbalist, and who specialises in medical cannabis education and cancer prevention, and is former president of the California Cannabis Association, will share information about the medical benefits of ganja, and more.
The event will also feature growing and processing tutorials and strategy from local ganja industry experts Dr Kadamawe Knife, Dr Machel Emanuel, Dr AndrÈ Haughton, and others.
There will be games and activities to increase participation learning and interaction. The event will also feature a concert with poetry from Ras Takura and others, music and dubbing by performers, including Teflonzincfence.
In the annual Cannabis Cup, trophies and prizes will be awarded across six categories: best potential medical product, best potential medical product (topical), best CBD flowers, best THC flowers, best Ital (naturally grown) flowers and best extract.
Last year, there were 47 entrants across all six categories.
This year, there will be a new category for the People's Choice Best Cannabis Song Award from a medical point of view to be awarded to the winner of the 'Cannabus Hour' from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.
This is a one-hour segment where young up-and-coming artistes will be given one minute each to perform.
According to Haughton, the global business of cannabis is becoming more advanced every year, with most participating countries using summits, expos, and fairs to showcase the research and development of strains, products, and procedures in their respective jurisdictions.
Haughton noted that the local industry is still in its infancy stage and, as a result, many participants are in deficit because of the huge cash outlays for their continued research and development efforts but they have not yet fully entered the marketplace to reap the returns.
He said that the Scarce Festival is an excellent opportunity for the country to demonstrate solidarity with the local farmers and producers who have been marginalised from the main operations of the industry.
"There must be a way to create a platform to enable these companies to solicit equity funding from investors," said Haughton.
Last year, at the Jamaica Conference Centre, the Scarce Festival 2017 was supported by a diverse group of local and international cannabis growers, producers, investors, entrepreneurs, and interest groups.