We're three days away from CanEx Jamaica — a business conference and expo boasting at the Montego Bay Convention Center, boasting more than 2,000 delegates from over 30 countries, 200 exhibitors and sponsors, from cultivators to investment firms, and more than 60 speakers to discuss the shifting medicinal, legal, regulatory and business landscape of the cannabis industry.
The conference is now in its fourth year, but if you've never been before, it can be an overwhelming task gauging what to expect. For that, look no further: Here's your guide to CanEx Jamaica 2019.
A B2B Expo
Different from something like a Cannabis Cup, this business-to-business expo caters not only to the enthusiastic cannabis consumer, but more so to people who work within the cannabis industry. This is a place to come for professional development, to expand your network, and get educated about issues within the industry.
What's the lineup?
CanEx features a number of high profile speakers, including such heavyweights as Bruce Linton (founder of Canopy Growth), Steve DeAngelo (founder of Harborside dispensary in Oakland), and Vicente Fox (former president of Mexico). The conference also features several tracks on banking, finance, business of cannabis, cultivation, technology, science, medicine, and legal advocacy.
How many people will be there?
You can expect about 3,000 people. Approximately half are Jamaican locals.
Will there be any activity outside the daytime conference schedule?
Yes. On September 27, there will be an "Eyes Wide Shut All-White" party at the historical Rose Hall Great House in St James, featuring music from DJ Kurt Riley, DJ Crazy Neil, and DJ Miller. According to CanEx founder Douglas Gordon, there will also be an herbal cocktail event and a conference closing party on a cultivation farm. "It's a lot of fun, but also tremendous networking," he says.
Jamaica has cultural and historical significance in the cannabis industry, Gordon explains. "We recognize that Jamaica has huge potential, but not all the players had an understanding of what it took to build out a legal cannabis industry," he says. "There's an idea and knowledge exchange happening in Jamaica, and people with potential opportunities to collaborate with people here in Jamaica. We're reaching so many people from all around the world." With everything from rasta culture to music and so forth, Gordon adds, CanEx wants to embrace that fully.