Nelson to Host Medical Cannabis Conference

Positive T.A. Nelson is sworn in as agriculture commissioner in March. (File photo)
Positive T.A. Nelson is sworn in as agriculture commissioner in March. (File photo)

Commissioner of Agriculture Positive T.A. Nelson will hold a conference Saturday as the territory prepares for the rollout of medical marijuana.

The Medical Cannabis Conference – CannaVal – will be held from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday at the St. Croix Educational Complex.

“As the Virgin Islands prepares for the roll-out of medical cannabis, it is of paramount importance that we educate our healthcare practitioners, patients, policymakers, business prospects, and the people,” Nelson said in a news release announcing the event.

As a senator, Nelson was a longtime proponent of medical marijuana.

The conference is co-hosted by 420MEDIA in alliance with St. Croix based company NT Media Productions.

The programs will encompass seminars offering an in-depth exchange with speakers.

“420MEDIA worked to bring the best in class cannabis and hemp education to the people of the USVI with local support and partnerships,” said 420MEDIA owner, Kerri Accardi.

“In addition to learning about the many health benefits derived from the cannabis plant, Virgin Islanders will gain a better understanding of the entrepreneurial and employment opportunities within the medical cannabis industry,” said Nykole Tyson, owner of NT Media Productions.

The agenda includes the following panels:

– Business and Legal panel includes a panel discussion on the breakdown of the Medical Cannabis Patient Care Act, a conversation on licensing, a talk on “Entrepreneurship: Building A Business in Cannabis,” with discussions on banking and taxes.

– Medical Cannabis panel includes an introduction to the endocannabinoid system, a tutorial on CBD 101, an overall on methods of delivery and patient testimonies.

– Seed to Sale panel will included experts from the field discussing genetics/seeds/growing, and an educational discussion on build-outs and grow houses with additional emphasis on extraction and point-of-sales Systems.

– The hemp panel will include education on industrial hemp and CBD. Experts on hemp will be on-hand to discuss the economics and history on hemp.

Sponsorship opportunities were still available for the event as of Tuesday. Cannaval is offering brands an opportunity to reach the people through digital placement and content that is specifically geared toward the U.S. Virgin Island and surrounding islands. As the islands emerge into newly legal markets.

Further information is available and sponsorship packages can be viewed online at the conference website, or by calling 340-474-0281.