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Colombian officials for ganja conference in Jamaica

Published:Monday | September 24, 2018 | 10:44 AM
Colombian Senator, Juan Galán - Contributed photo

Colombian Senator, Juan Galán, and president of Colombia’s National Narcotics Fund, Dr Andres Lopez, are among a group of high-level speakers scheduled for the CANEX Business Conference and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St James starting Thursday.
 
Galán, a member of Colombia’s Liberal Party, is the son and political heir of assassinated 1990 Colombian presidential candidate, Luis Galán, which brought to global light increasing drug-related violence and drugs cartel leaders like the late Pablo Escobar who ordered his assassination. 

Galán strongly supports drug liberalisation policies, both to decriminalise and to legalise its use, and has openly called for a public debate on the issue in light of the failure of the war on drugs.
 
Cannabis law reformer, Delano Seiveright, noted that, “Colombia, in 2016, legalised medical marijuana for domestic use and export and started handing out the licenses to grow, process and export medicinal cannabis since last year”. 

He added that, “While, Jamaica in 2015 decriminalised personal possession of small amounts of ganja and begun the development of an orderly legal ganja industry for medical, therapeutic and scientific purposes. We are on fairly similar paths and have a lot to learn from each other.”
 
Former President of Mexico, the outspoken Vincente Fox; Chairman and CEO of the world’s largest legal cannabis company, Canadian-based, Canopy Growth, Bruce Linton; former US TV talk show celebrity Montel Williams, and former director of America’s Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), R. James Woolsey are among other high profile speakers at the Conference, which runs from September 27 to 29.
 
Industry, Commerce and Agriculture Minister, Audley Shaw; president of JAMPRO, Diane Edwards and Seiveright are among several Jamaican officials slated to speak at the conference.
 
Douglas Gordon, the lead conference organiser, noted that, “Canex is in its third year now and represents a major opportunity to build lasting, strategic relationships with high-powered global, regional and local cannabis experts, researchers, business professionals, and policymakers. The conference is open to all as long as they register at www.canexjamaica.com.”
 
Canex is an annual business-to-business event that brings together cannabis industry experts from the U.S., Canada, South and Central America, Europe, and other regions.

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