Jamaica: Cannabis sector eager to expand tourism market

CanEx founder Douglas Gordon has welcomed a suggestion that players in the cannabis sector should view the millions of visitors that travel to Jamaica each year as potential buyers of medical marijuana. In fact Gordon, whose annual business conference brings local and international cannabis stakeholders together, says selling to tourists should be among the areas of focus.

"Jamaica facilitating sales of cannabis to tourists and locals through legal and official channels should be a key priority of the industry. In order to expand the market beyond the existing users, consumers have to get a real sense of quality and standards and that is where the legal market and channels have to show their value," he said on Tuesday in response to questions from the Jamaica Observer's LetsTravelCaribbean.com.

While speaking at CanEx last week Minster of Industry, Investment and Commerce Senator Aubyn Hill touted the legalised sale of marijuana to visitors as a way for Jamaica to earn revenue from countries that do not allow imports of the herb.

In an interview with LetsTravelCaribbean.com on Tuesday, Hill stressed that his comments were confined to the sale of medical marijuana. He also called on industry stakeholders to explain how they intend to take advantage of what he sees as a great opportunity.

Read more at jamaicaobserver.com

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