Dominican led company ready to supply hemp and cannabis seeds to the Caribbean

Elvis “Papi” Edwards director of CBDxr a hemp and Cannabis industry participant

Dominican born Elvis “Papi” Edwards, Director of CBDxr, a US based cannabis and hemp industry participant, has been given the go ahead to export seeds outside of the United States.

This puts CBDxr and its parent company American Hemp Ventures (AMHV) ahead of the pack in a bid to become the preeminent seed-to-sale company for the entire Caribbean and the Western Hemisphere. In December 2018, Edward’s company AMHV along with CBDxr made history as being the first Caribbean controlled company to launch on the OTC ,over-the-counter, market where their shares can be publicly traded.

There has been public discussion in several Caribbean islands, including Dominica, on decriminalizing/ legalizing Cannabis in some form and harnessing the potential economic benefits of the hemp or marijuana industries. In 2015 Jamaica passed laws that decriminalized small amounts of marijuana for personal use and St. Lucian Prime Minister Allan Chastanet announced last week that his country will be decriminalizing Cannabis.

Speaking with DNO Edwards said he intends to give the first batch of completely 100% organic non-GMO seeds to Dominican farmers for free. He also indicated that this industry can employ as many as 20,000 farmers that can be drawn from local, the diaspora and immigrant populations in Dominica. He suggests such an industry could cause a wave of economic migration into Dominica looking to benefit from the commercial activity.

Edwards has indicated that he has met with key stakeholders to propose the benefits of the hemp and cannabis industry to Dominica. He has also made the suggestion that the Ross University facilities could be converted to a school for medical Marijuana, farming and Cannabis research.

Edwards, a proponent for the legalization and decriminalization of Cannabis, visited Dominica after Maria last year where he indicated that Dominica had the potential to be a leader in the Cannabis industry and, in so doing, revitalize the agricultural sector. He urged Dominica to “strike when the iron is hot” and “make the necessary moves early so that it does not have to play catch up later.”

Edwards, who is originally from the Wesley/Calibishie area, is a pioneer in providing cannabidiol based skin products in Colorado. He is also the inventor of the “vaprwear hoodies”.

*Editors note*

Both hemp and its more controversial cousin, marijuana, are currently criminalized under the law in Dominica. However, hemp does not contain enough of the psycho active compound tetrahydrocannabinol (TCH) to get you “high”.  Additionally, while both plants are within the Cannabis family they are two different species with different potential applications.

 

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42 Comments

  1. carlty
    March 21, 2019

    I will continue to say we must be careful when it comes to cannabis. It has it good but it is very harmful to the development of the mind of our children and we see now that cannabis is most consumed by our younger ones and the social effects of that as well. If our focus is for medicinal purposes, we must treat it as such, as any over the counter PRESCRIPTION drug. Also if Dominica plans to enter the market, we should be in the business of exports and not import.

    • Rick Shanchez
      March 29, 2019

      Although I agree that yes it has an effect on the youth and yes it can obtained by the youth, requesting that it be an OTC drug brings such a “Big Pharma” vybe to it… Considering this is Dominica. Open your nose. Herbs are everywhere. It is so easy to obtain from City to zion. The herb is here to stay. Question of the day, do we continue to fear it or do we learn how to harness it limitlessly.

  2. bush tea fanatic
    March 21, 2019

    on my porch i have basaylic, simehcontwah, pepperming, nanny, and rosemary. i have a pot for waiting for weed. bush tea good wi

    • Rick Shanchez
      March 29, 2019

      Boss man. Start growing that. Prune it like a bonsai tree. Start your day right 👍

  3. Affa
    March 21, 2019

    Don’t loose focus. In the first place, the thing was first made illegal for racist reasons by an active kuklux klan member AG Harry Enslinger in the 1930’s who justified his stance by claiming it was frequented by Black People (jazz musicians like Satch Mo etc.), Mexicans, Asians who he claimed gave it to white women to rape them and make them jump from tall buildings; a thing he got his friends in Hollywood to make a series of short films called ‘reefer madness’ showing how white women jumped from high buildings after the Blacks and Mexicans made them smoke it. Well, that sparked outrage among unsuspecting white population, took it to legislators that got us to where we were today. Research.
    Bear in mind there are many many things legal around us that can make people high, that we are not jailed for such as drinking coffee and Guinness together, Aspirin and Coca-Cola, joy juice, trumpet flower to name a few, all producing heavy hallucinating effects known locally since the 60’s.

  4. March 20, 2019

    Way to go AMHV and Mr Edwards! This is amazing for the Islands. I have always spent months a year with my family all around the Caribbean. Bringing Organic Hemp and allowing the farmers to use the seeds free for the first year on a trial basis is really cool.

    I HOPE everybody knows the difference in CBD’s and your product vs Marijuana. Thank you for taking such a risk and big step. Thank GOD for the people of the Dominica!

  5. Jenn
    March 20, 2019

    Why provide the other countries wirh the seeds and not the product itself

  6. zandoli
    March 20, 2019

    Farmers can grow weed for the DA market, but once it becomes legal, weed will be as cheap as selling mangoes. Everybody who has an interest in weed will grow their own. This is a very hardy plant and it does not take much effort to grow it.

    As far as hemp is concerned, forget it. There is no way on this green earth Dominica with its one or two acre farms can compete at any level with US or Canadian based mega farms that are highly mechanized.

    Furthermore when it comes to marijuana industry the US as a country is well behind Canada. When you throw in Dominica in the mix, it is difficult to take this guys seriously. I am talking strictly as an investor.

    • %
      March 20, 2019

      Zandoli voleur name. Man are you a clown or what? Mangoes are scarce very much so and expensive.
      You must be smoking a lot. If u think mangoes are cheap.
      Man take my name % Continue to depend on passport sales and Chinese gifts.

    • Enough is enough
      March 20, 2019

      That s what I m talking about. It must be a state business, to eradicate the traffic and the criminal that goes with it. It will be only for the local market or the tourist that visiting.

    • Pablov
      March 20, 2019

      Everybody is an investor, duh… supply always control price. You should ave just research first then waited to comment. Best you had even smoked weed rather than what you’re on writing this.

  7. Enough is enough
    March 20, 2019

    I hope Da will do the right move and legalize it NOT decriminalized it. The second option will be a bad choice. It won t stop the traffic, won t protect consumer from bad product , and will not generate any revenue for the state. legalize it, sell distribution licence to two or three operator per pArishes, ask then to pay a yearly flat fees plus a commission on sale. Then the money collected can be use against illegal traffic or other drug like crack and coxcaine. And also for educational program for our kids. I believe that the only way to do it. Decriminalized will open an new highway for criminal and illegal traffic

    • %
      March 20, 2019

      Hon Lennox Linton the next P.M who will make DA the best place( to live ,work ,sleep eat ,smoke,throw stones into the sea at the fishing facility at Krane ,Marigot. & shit) will legalize it.

  8. chris brown
    March 20, 2019

    that’s horrible… end of Dominica if it will be legalized… what a bad news.

    • Karl Orndem
      March 20, 2019

      we smoking it like it legal already. So why not just make it official. We pplay too much foolish games here. Either way, legal or illegal that doesnt stop the smokers and users. never had, never will. So all you nay saying who talking about, “oh i hope it never legalize, oh our country will destroy, oh blabla bla”, the advocates for this not even hearing you all because none of you can come with proper backed up justifiable researched facts. Just feelings and emotions and hearsay. 99% of you all have never even tried it, but you want to act like you are experts. Just remember GOD put ALL herbs on the earth for THE USE OF MAN. How you choose to use it is up to you.

      • %
        March 20, 2019

        Giving respect to our ancestors by smoking endlessly giving colour to what we eat drink and smoke. Our ENT said these words .

        YOU ARE WHAT YOU SMOKE
        Lazy me %
        I must smoke my butt away type my crap all day.

    • I loled
      March 20, 2019

      How will Dominica end if it made legal?

      • %
        March 20, 2019

        To I lolled hahahhahahhhaha best u had said /called self am laughing because I smoked weed.

        In response 2 I loled How will Dominica end if it made legal? One word in Smoke( remember the one word Commissioner of police? hahahhaha he smoked

        My usual: Skerrit must go Lazy me % am an imposter who find fault have nothing to do support UWP to the max. Iove LL to death hahaha am Ahfouahwee too.
        WE are a northern conspiracy we are originally from Nigeria.-ROUGH

    • Big Bud
      March 20, 2019

      Dominica has been doomed for the last 15 years. Try a different approach.

    • %
      March 20, 2019

      lol chris is second to snoop dog so what are u talking about? U are no Chris Brown u are bogus like% Lazy Skerrit must stay or go to hell. who cares?

    • OpenMind
      March 21, 2019

      I’m sure it will be great news when our white masters all decide to decriminalise and start growing and selling by the 100s of tonnes. We should have done that decades ago and be at the forefront of the use of both the medical and texture aspect. But as usual we wait for the white masters to do it, then we try to catch up. Like so many other opportunities in Dominica, no one is interested, they’ll wait till an outsider comes in, get jealous and then try to replicate.

  9. Self
    March 19, 2019

    For this to happen Mr Linton and the UWP must be in government. So this time we voting Workersssssssssss.

  10. March 19, 2019

    Lots go for it and explore while we can. This guy need to come and hold some seminas here and tell us more about his ideas. From my reading It seems like an opportunity.

    • %
      March 20, 2019

      He & Dr.Pasal are buddies Dr.P is already READY if UWP an pull another flupe like 1995 this time again. No Contrat will matter not nor ability on operate. No love loss. Marijuana an help with eating anything in large quantity as he said eat Colour make ur plate a rainbow. Dr.Shillingford- can invest good for eye problem glucoma et cannot hold Ahfouahwee down

  11. Peace
    March 19, 2019

    All over the world, marijuana is being decriminalized. Why? Because of the economic benefits of the plants. The revenue obtained from the mass incarceration of black and brown men does not come close to what can be derived from the medicinal and recreational use on marijuana. What has the American backed “War on Drugs” gotten us? Wise up people … otherwise, the train will once again leave us behind. Its not rocket science.

  12. Sorryy
    March 19, 2019

    Man stupes tan…the lady died of cancer..U asking me if I saw the autopsy report?
    My friend passed ok. N I know of others who took hemp as well and it never helped period.

    • Karl Orndem
      March 20, 2019

      It also depends on when they took it. You cannot try it on your last leg and expect it to miraculously save you. During early detection you have a much better fighting chance. I know of a lady who also died of cancer and took the oil. She was in much less pain. she was still somewhat active. She could tolerate food after chemo therapy because of the oil. Sadly, she started too late and her death was inevitable, but much less painful. So Sorryy, in my case i can never say the cannabis didnt help, even if my lady still died.

    • Frank N Stein
      March 20, 2019

      Sorrry it seems you need a bit of education. Someone suffering from cancer does not necessarily die of cancer but of complications from cancer which could affect any organ or part of the body. The autopsy doesnt say cancer but the direct cause of death. The death certificate will most likely say bla bla as a complication from whichever type of cancer. She could be poisoned, asphyxiated or die from many different issues associated or not associated to cancer. You folks do not read therefore you come here and embarrass yourselves. You hear something you jump in it then you die! Reading is life, get a life.

  13. March 19, 2019

    Hello and good afternoon my people . I hope our Government ban this guy from shipping any marihuana seeds into Dominica. Let him stay in America and grow his weed and sell it to the Americans. We don’t need this type of business in Dominica to destroy our citizens.

    • Dredd
      March 19, 2019

      I hope they make it legal soon in Dominica so allu sookooya will stay vex.

    • Dominican
      March 19, 2019

      Clearly, you’re not well informed. Hemp and Marijuana aren’t he same thing. They are from the same family but works differently. If you do your research you will find that there are many medicinal properties of hemp.

    • Well Yes.
      March 19, 2019

      Please educate yourself on the difference between Hemp and Marijuana. Hemp is being used for medicinal purposes throughout the Western world with very high sucess rates. How will that destroy Dominica? Do a bit of research prior to expressing yourself.

    • Legalise it
      March 19, 2019

      I will never understand how We have become so brainwashed as a country we are really against a plant put on the earth by God. Seriously ? A plant ? Wow do your research and learn the reason why the plant was banned you will be suprised

    • Short boi
      March 19, 2019

      Bye hater!!!!! Say something educated or a valid reason for you wanting to band him if not re group and forward you sound like the biggest bad mined person out there

    • Karl Orndem
      March 20, 2019

      the ignorance of your statement. Do you not read or even watch television? People have been smoking weed here for decades and centuries maybe. Do you even know why it was made illegal? Do you know that at one point every farmer was required to devote a portion of his farm to the cultivation of hemp/marijuana? do you know that at one point, less than 100 years ago alcohol itself was outlawed vilified like how you view marijuana today? Speak from knowledgeable fact brother. Not emotion. And no Marijuana isnt a gateway drug. alcohol is. Because i know people who have used it all their lives and have only ever used it. Not alcohol, not any other drug. Not even prescribed medicine. Just Weed. It preserves the the body. https://www.the-scientist.com/features/your-body-is-teeming-with-weed-receptors-31233

    • March 20, 2019

      Tony, hello my friend. Papi is bringing in CBD hemp seeds that will cure disease and employee tens of thousands of workers! It is not Marijuana buddy. Please know there is a HUGE difference my friend!

      Jonathan

  14. Sorryy
    March 19, 2019

    Boyyy that hemp thing there self self..I had a colleague who found out that she had cancer..But she was so optimistic about that hemp thing..took her hemp medication..unfortunately my poor friend passed..the hemp didn’t help..

    • Frank N Stein
      March 19, 2019

      So one case of your friend cancels the benefits to many? Under whose direction was she medicating? You cant just go medicating yourself on your own. There are many types of cancers some more aggressive than others. There are some which will not respond to any meds especially if its late stage. Not everybody will be cured and treatment has to be controlled. Did you see her autopsy report? She could have died out of anything else too.

      • Real truth
        March 19, 2019

        These strains have this dude is offering have genetic markers for patent rights and government controls regulations…
        This is ” franken” weed……. Purest please stay away from this weed! Dominica already has the best weed!

        ADMIN: He has stated that it is non GMO 100% organic. The government regulations you are referring to exist in countries like the US or Canada, we would need to pass our own laws or regulation in Dominica.

      • %
        March 20, 2019

        The real PM ,better known as Sr. Counsel the northern one not the middle eastern one)is already consulting he has taken are of bziness /done his home work all over. He already has the markets in the Middle East. So just imagine revenues from this part of the world from passport sales and Marijuana. This guy is into everything from: Law, politics, restaurant bzness, Bar & juicing, the ,construction ,playing Stud even with a bad lower back, agriculture , real estate, hotel many things that took place in Posse . what!what! did you say reader human what??? Please I not going down that road. I leaving that one. The man is a lawyer. you not watching TMZ man! Am a lawyer- says the host.

    • Big Bud
      March 19, 2019

      Did she mix her marijuana with tobacco and use it together?

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