The emerging medicinal cannabis industry in St. Vincent and the Grenadines has attracted potential investors from all walks of life. Trinidad and Tobago born John (Johnny) Soong has expressed a keen interest in being a part of the production and trade of medicinal cannabis in St. Vincent and the Grenadines.
In a recent meeting with the Minister of Agriculture and Industry the Hon. Saboto Caesar, Mr. Soong expressed that he felt duty bound as a CARICOM national to support this major initiative in Agriculture. Mr. Soong is on a visit to St. Vincent and the Grenadines to meet with Invest SVG and the Ministry of Agriculture and Industry.
Although Mr. Soong brings decades of experience in the Trinidad and Tobago entertainment industry, he was clear that his outreach in cannabis is purely medicinal and non-recreational.
Mr. Soong is the owner and operator of the famous ZEN night club in Trinidad and Tobago, club Coconut, Internet Radio OJO and several radio stations including 96.1 FM, 94.7 FM and 107.7 FM.
Zen night club came under the global radar when pop superstar Akon, wrote a song after performing there – “Sorry blame it on me”. Mr. Soong congratulated the government of St. Vincent and the Grenadines for taking a bold step as leaders in the medicinal cannabis industry in the Southern Caribbean.
The parliament of St. Vincent and the Grenadines is expecting to pass legislation for the establishment of a modern medicinal cannabis industry on November 20th 2018.
Mr. Soong emphasized that any potential investment in St. Vincent and the Grenadines along the cannabis value chain should be focused on working with traditional cultivators, members of the Rastafarian community and those who have suffered over the years on the journey to create a legitimate framework.
He further encouraged farmers currently engaged in the illegal cultivation of cannabis to look at the opportunities available for themselves and families for a legal medicinal cannabis industry.
He ended by saying “This is the Caribbean’s time, let us not drop the ball on this one, we owe it to our people”.