For the first time, 420MEDIA and NT Media Productions, both women-owned and women-led production and marketing companies, are bringing together American and international cannabis professionals (speakers and exhibitors) for a conference on St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
CANNAVAL is the first comprehensive conference created to educate and empower the people of the USVI with expert knowledge and guidance as they enter into the newly legal medical cannabis market. 420MEDIA, in alliance with St. Croix- based company NT Media Productions, will host the inaugural conferences, after events and local excursions on St. Croix in July of 2019 and on St. Thomas at a date to be announced.
The event’s keynote speaker will be Positive T.A. Nelson, a former seven-term senator who pushed for medical cannabis legislation and is now the commissioner nominee for the V.I. Department of Agriculture. “As the Virgin Islands prepares for the roll-out of MMJ, it is of paramount importance that we educate our healthcare practitioners, patients, policymakers, business prospects and the people,” Nelson said. “Legalization is an absolute socio-economic issue.”
Day one will focus on education, awareness and empowerment. Day two will be dedicated to networking and excursions on the island. The programming will include the highest level of education on cannabis and hemp across panels, hands-on activities and discussion. “420MEDIA is honored and humbled to bring the best in class cannabis and hemp education to the people of the USVI with local support, alliance and partnerships,” said Kerri Accardi, owner of 420MEDIA.
The programs during CANNAVAL will include seminars, offering an opportunity for in-depth exchange with the speakers. The conference will include a trade exhibition hall featuring booths with information from leading cannabis and hemp brands, entrepreneurs and local vendors.
“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. Attendees will also learn best practices for starting and maintaining a successful business in this industry,” said NT Media Productions owner Nykole Tyson.
The event will also include local excursions. According to Tyson, conference attendees and exhibitors who are part of the conference will have an opportunity to enjoy a variety of planned activities where they will be able to experience the island’s beauty.
Admission to the event will be free for the territory’s residents. The complete program will be available shortly.
CANNAVAL provides attendees with access to an exhibition hall showcasing the latest technologies, solutions and services that help advance cannabis and hemp cultivation and business operations. Attendees will also enjoy a variety of Caribbean events including cocktail receptions, lunch, continental breakfast events each day of the conference that are available for companies to sponsor.