Alki David and Chase Ergen have formed a consortium aimed at developing the cannabis business in Eastern Caribbean nations such as St. Kitts-Nevis, Dominica and Antigua. According to the newly formed consortium, plans include purchasing agricultural land and partnering with farmers to create a cooperative entity modeled after the ones in Switzerland. "David and Ergen will create 1000s of jobs and also tap into the rich cultural history and cannabis know-how of the strengthening Rastafarian movement in the region. The consortium has already had its first meetings with business and government leaders across the region and will be expanding its outreach during the month of May," the team with the company explains.
They continue: "The announcement comes while the government of St. Kitts-Nevis is moving to legalize medical use of cannabis products, and decriminalize marijuana use. It’s the latest Caribbean nation, following Jamaica, Antigua, Bermuda and the Caymans, to make progressive changes to exploit the massive potential of the sector and the region’s unique varietals and ideal growing conditions. There is also a vast store of knowledge in the region about the cultivation and use of cannabis for medical and religious purposes—as cannabis shifts from being an illegal $400 billion business to an even bigger legal one."
“The Eastern Caribbean is in perfect position as cannabis shifts from being an illegal $400 billion business globally to a legal one worth ten times that,” said Alki David.
According to them, David and Ergen’s fund will go to purchase land for cultivation, for research and development, and to support the policy changes that will let the St. Kitts-Nevis and its neighbors become global leaders in the sector. "The first plane load of hemp seed for a designated parcel of land totaling 300 acres will arrive on Thursday, May 2nd."