MoBay mayor makes pitch for small ganja farmers
Montego Bay Mayor Homer Davis speaking at CanEx Business Conference and Expo in Montego Bay (Photo: Marlon Reid)
Montego Bay’s Mayor, Councillor Homer Davis has made a pitch for small ganja farmers to become legitimate players in the lucrative cannabis industry.
Speaking at the opening of the 2019 CanEx Business Conference and Expo at the Montego Bay Convention Centre on Thursday, Mayor Davis said the small players have suffered immensely in the past and thus should benefit from the industry.
“Today, I make a pitch for the small players in the cannabis industry….those people who are deemed to be at the lowest end of the scale. I hereby issue a challenge to the small players to stop viewing the industry as just a $100 bag or a spliff or a joint…and start seeing yourselves as being part of a progressing business," Mayor Davis said.
Davis is also urging small ganja farmers to establish cooperatives through which their dream to produce more and become legitimate players in the industry can be realised.
“I urge you to form yourselves in cooperatives to take advantage of the business opportunities which are on offer in the cannabis industry. For too long our small players have had to be running from the police, getting locked up and being treated as contributors rather than developers of the sector," he said.
"The time has come for you all to stand up and take your rightful place in the sector and make this an intergeneration industry….You can do it and indeed you must do it."
Meanwhile, Mayor Davis said Montego Bay remains open for investments in all sectors but cautions that investors must adhere to the rule of law which has been laid out by the government and under the ambit of the St James Municipal Corporation.
He said the cannabis industry has the ability to produce wealth and sustainable jobs, but must be properly managed.
“I am sure the cannabis industry is a sustainable one and one that can provide well-paying job opportunities for our citizens, our scientists and certainly those who are involved at other levels of the trade. I know this industry can and will provide wealth and sustainable jobs for our citizens, but it must be handled with the highest level of integrity,” Mayor Davis said.