Dominican co-founds company in US making hemp-related products

Edwards said he knew the company was going to make it big. Credit: Fox 31
Edwards said he knew the company was going to make it big. Credit: Fox 31

Dominican, Elvis ‘Pappi’ Edwards from Wesley/Calibishie has helped establish a company in Colorado which is making hemp become mainstream.

The company, CBD Care Garden, makes a full line of skin care products infused with cannabidiol, found in the hemp plant, which is a variety of the Cannabis sativa (marijuana) plant. However, unlike THC, cannabidiol doesn’t give a high. Marijuana is legal in Colorado.

Now the company’s products have been shortlisted to be in the bags of Hollywood stars who were nominated for an Emmy Award to be held next week.

“Everything I do is in my dream. I don’t do anything without a dream,” Edwards told Fox 31 in Denver in relation to the products.

When Edwards and his two business partners, Vanessa Marquez and Chris Elawar, set out to make the products, he said he knew it was going to be successful.

“I knew that it was going to be big,” he stated.

The company uses only organic material for producing its line of skin product and it started small in a loft in Denver.

Edward said he didn’t know that the company would excel so quickly and is happy its products will probably be used by one of his favorite actors.

“I mean my favorite actor is going to be wearing this. It’s amazing,” Edwards noted.

The company produces body wash and deodorant for men and women. It also created anti-aging lotion, lip balm, lip gloss and body cream.

“My dream comes true because I know it’s going to help people,” Edwards told Fox 31.

Edwards is also the inventor of the “Vaprwear” hoodies which are discreet apparels used to smoke in public.

Some of the products made by the company. Credit: Fox 31
Some of the products made by the company. Credit: Fox 31


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  1. September 9, 2016

    Hemp and marijuana comes from the same specie which is more commonly called marijuana ..In the EU the majority of the people say hemp.while in other countries it is called marijuana…Legalize hemp or marijuana what ever way you want to call and make make serious restrictions against the distribution of alcohol because to many young people take a nasty pleasure in drinking alcohol…

  2. mine
    September 9, 2016

    Good luck sir, but while using any thing wiith hemp and take a drug screening test will show positive that you doing drug.

    September 8, 2016

    if the government was open minded they would try the marijuana industry that plenty better than selling our passport

  4. troof
    September 8, 2016

    The attorney general is extremely anti marijuana. He will not work towards this. The average dominican does not stand up for this call. Next election every pro marijuana voter needs to ensure that they representatives put this request on the forefront, otherwise, they will not get our votes. If not addressed after election, they will not get our support in the communities. We need to start empowering ourselves to ensure that the people who we put in charge as our authorities do what we call for, just like how the churches can influence the PM and ban people from entering and performing in Dominica, we can influence them to take different stances and change OUR laws to OUR benefit. WE are to idle and laissez fait here and anything goes.

    • derp
      September 8, 2016


    • September 9, 2016

      For 2,000 years the Christian church has advised national leaders to hand down laws that are in harmony with the laws God has given to us in the Holy Scriptures.

      This has nothing to do with the people lobbying the government. It is not a matter of the majority of citizens (not even the voters) pushing or pulling the government to bend their way. It is those who represent Christ (His church) seeking to bring the Word of God to bear on the laws of the land. It is the people of God praying “Thy will be done on earth as it is done in heaven.”

      As Christians we want God honored in our nation. We will always ask that God’s moral code as found in the New Testament be reflected in the laws of the land. When a nation rejects God and His word it takes itself out from under HIS protection.

      “Righteousness exalts a nation, but sin is a disgrace to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34)

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist

    • September 9, 2016

      Next election every Christian needs to find out beforehand where each candidate stands on the social issues of the day including marijuana.

      Those who want to legalize the weed, along with various abominations opposed by the Bible believing faithful, will be standing in the wings waiting to seize power. Each will have his or her own fan club and they will be making a lot of noise. Don’t be deceived! Ask yourself “What doers God want for this nation?”

      Know what the candidates believe. Vote for the man or woman who stands for traditional moral and family values. Put the person in office who will best speak for the kingdom of God.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

  5. LawieBawie
    September 8, 2016

    Great initiative. What the hell happened to his hair and beard though?

    • Lol
      September 8, 2016

      They say is his brand….a pelican is the logo of his other company. hahahahe.

  6. derp
    September 8, 2016

    Dominica has one of the most fertile soil in the Caribbean, why doesn’t the government jump on this multi billion dollar industry and move the economy… oh wait they want people to beg for handouts and sell passports….

  7. Sakway Gwo Boudeh
    September 8, 2016

    The only logical explanation is that Dominican politicians intenmtionally want Dominicans to stay poor. Why else would they sit back and watch everybody else profit? A place like Antigua for example, cannot produce even half the quantity that we can, yet they legalise and we don’t. The quality we can produce far exceeds that which is available in other countries, yet they profit while we don’t! It seems poverty is the true policy of the D A government!

  8. September 8, 2016

    The hemp plant is not the marijuana plant. The article even states this. However Colorado claimed states rights and told the Federal govt. that it had no jurisdiction with its laws in Colorado. Until a state reclaims its’ states rights and the Governor backs it up, the Feds can come in their state and do raids. That is in the 10th Amendment. DA has nothing comparable and does not have states to begin with.

  9. September 7, 2016

    There are many good and practical things that can be made from hemp and Mr. Edwards is tapping into this potential. It is not a crowded field. I expect his materials will be in demand. In this respect I wish him well. :-P

    Many see any use of the plant as a slippery slope when it involves manufacturing and selling because once business men see money can be made in the “hemp industry” they will want to enlarge their borders.
    It could become just another business where the demand dictates the supply if the law in Dominica changes because that is generally how businesses grow.

    I hope Elvis will be make his fortune producing useful hemp products and avoid catering to marijuana smokers. There should be no need for him to resort to selling smoking products of any kind. His enterprise ought not be something that lends respectability to the marijuana trade, or an encouragement for Dominica to decriminalize the weed.

    Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

    September 7, 2016

    of course… I not sure why the products aren’t being made in DA.

  11. September 7, 2016

    One strong point that our police in Dominica have is that the ganga can be on the highest peak but they will find it but once it comes to missing persons then that is not their forte as for their investigative skills ,they will brutalize the suspect for he or she to talk and sometimes lie on themselves just get a relief from the blows that some of the sadist is meting out to them. that same marijuana that they like to destroy can bring in revenue to help equip and train the force to improve their capabilities.

  12. I know they are going to say I am not positive; but watch this:

    Hemp has been grown for at least the last 12,000 years for fiber (textiles and paper) and food. It has been effectively prohibited in the United States since the 1950s.
    George Washington and Thomas Jefferson both grew hemp. Ben Franklin owned a mill that made hemp paper. Jefferson drafted the Declaration of Independence on hemp paper.

    When US sources of “Manila hemp” (not true hemp) was cut off by the Japanese in WWII, the US Army and US Department of Agriculture promoted the “Hemp for Victory” campaign to grow hemp in the US.

    Because of its importance for sails (the word “canvass” is rooted in “cannabis”) and rope for ships, hemp was a required crop in the American colonies.


    Henry Ford experimented with hemp to build car bodies. He wanted to build and fuel cars from farm products.

    BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an effort to make cars more…

    • Continue:

      BMW is experimenting with hemp materials in automobiles as part of an effort to make cars more recyclable.

      Much of the bird seed sold in the US has hemp seed (it’s sterilized before importation), the hulls of which contain about 25% protein.

      Hemp oil once greased machines. Most paints, resins, shellacs, and varnishes used to be made out of linseed (from flax) and hemp oils.

      Rudolph Diesel designed his engine to run on hemp oil.

      Kimberly Clark (on the Fortune 500) has a mill in France which produces hemp paper preferred for bibles because it lasts a very long time and doesn’t yellow.

      Construction products such as medium density fiber board, oriented strand board, and even beams, studs and posts could be made out of hemp. Because of hemp’s long fibers, the products will be stronger and/or lighter than those made from wood.

      The products that can be made from hemp number over 25,000.

      • September 8, 2016

        Thank you Francisco for your in-put!

        This represents tremendous research. There is an awesome amount of information here.

        I am not opposed to the good and beneficial products made from Kemp. We are talking about something altogether different here. I have a problem with those who want to decriminalize marijuana for smoking along with the sale of marijuana smoking products.

        This is a great news article. But it has “potheads” throughout Dominica, and the Caribbean clapping their hands and dancing with glee because they think this brings them closer to decriminalization in Dominica. Some of them seem to see Dominica becoming one big hemp farm and selling their produce to Elvis Edwards. No problem with this unless Mr. Edwards caters to the marijuana smokers, and and produces smoking products.

        At election time Dominicans on the island should know where their candidates stand on the issue and vote according to what is best for the country.

        Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill…

      • “The products that can be made from hemp number over 25,000.”

        Rev. Hill there is good potential if an industry is created, of the twenty-five thousand known products which can be produced from Hemp, there must be some industry which can be developed in Dominica, if only we could get into some R&D (research and development).

        In the interim our nation would be much better than now our full dependency in on the sale of passports. If there are twenty-five know products, how do we know there are much more yet to be discovered, which could be a plus for the country.

        Dominicans only interest seems to be getting an opportunity to get doped up on cannabis! Whether or not it is legalized in Colorado, it is still a mind altering drugs, it still destroys life’s.

    • Marguerite
      September 8, 2016

      Wha happen? You not related to this one? What the hell is all of this information about? Did he tell you he did not know all of that. Jealousy will just slap you in the face one of those days!

    • June 15, 2018

      Awesome point…YASSSSSSSS…I miss you cuzzo…

  13. Black&Comely
    September 7, 2016

    I sometimes have my issues with weed but I would prefer people use it than alcohol on any day.

    Dominica should do some research and exploration, I believe. I just hope it is not when everyone has made legalise that we will join because then it would be too late.

    I am on both sides of the fence….we will see how this plays out locally and globally.

    I would like to see some reasearch done on territories which have weed legalised for years now.

    • September 7, 2016

      The only place that’s seen any drawback from legalising or decriminalising ganja is the Netherlands, because so many tourists came that it became a nuisance. But seriously, using Colorado as an example, usage doesn’t go up (teen ganja smoking is actually down there, since it’s not cool anymore), the tax money raised has been more than expected, and a major revenue source for Mexican drug cartels has been eliminated.

    • September 8, 2016

      The govt. cares nothing about research. It makes a lot of money fining people for having marijuana in DA. Why would it stop. The court system gets a cut too. The people would have to get together and repeal the marijuana law, if that is possible under this govt.’s Constitution.

    • troof
      September 8, 2016

      you sound an idiot. either you have issues with it or you dont. you cannot sometimes have issues with weed. You want to see research; but on what? When you have figured that out, just go on google and type in your questions. ALL the answers on the matter are there. seek and you shall find.

    • September 8, 2016

      Marijuana has not been legal anywhere long enough yet to know what the results will be.

      Those who smoke it tend to be people with no concerns for the long term results. They get their “high” and that is all they care about.

      Those who sell it only care about the money they can make.

      These are people who live in the moment. They have no concern for the law. You can talk about “decriminalization” and “legalization” but it will not make any difference to them. They will do as they have always done. Make the weed legal? Why? Those who want it legalized have been using for years.

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist. (Diploma in Drug Studies)

      • September 9, 2016

        In the 1920’s in the US, they legalized all the drugs and consumption dropped as well as interest.

  14. Golden Heart matter.
    September 7, 2016

    I do hope this can help influence tge change of our marijuana laws here in dominica. The marijuana industry is a multi billion dollar industry now in the us as more states are fully legalizing marijuana for medical and industrial use. This can truly help dominica expand its industry’s. Besides the countless about off research now done by both private parties and governmental organizations proving marijuana to be safe for internal use for medical care and for many other industrial uses I believe we should go ahead and do our own clinical trials and studies here in dominica to prove for our self that it is safe for our nation and in turn legalize it to create jobs for our people. I do hope that our government does not fear of external pressure for trying to change our marijuana laws. Skerit I do believe u know it is harmless. Skerit your father is a rastaman and have been smoking marijuana for all his life and is alive and kicking very well with no health issues and of sound mind.

    • September 8, 2016

      Those of us who oppose marijuana don’t care how much money can be made from it.

      Come on! You can do better than that. I look at the young Dominican people who are going on to get a higher education and coming back degree in hand. Dominicans are creating their own businesses and excelling in very walk of life. They don’t need to lower themselves to producing and selling dope to make a living.

      The Caribbean is the last place on earth I would expect to hear the $$$$$ argument used to justify marijuana. Don’t you realize it was the love of $$$$$ that drove the slave trade? It was used to launch the tobacco industry which kills thousands of people every year in my country. Now the need to make money is used to argue for the licensing of every thing from gambling to prostitution. Don’t you realize at the end of the day it will be the governments that make the most?

      Sincerely, Rev. Donald Hill. Evangelist.

      • nonsense
        September 8, 2016

        Its sad how uninformed and ignorant some of our spiritual leaders are.

      • Marguerite
        September 8, 2016

        Nonesense, you left out FAKE!

  15. September 7, 2016

    Good luck Brother. Coming to a store near us in Dominica. Legal of course. Hope to see the hair spray and the false wigs, Dominating our market soon. Who needs Shark Tank??? Good luck.

    September 7, 2016

    I love it

  17. Black&Comely
    September 7, 2016

    Elvis…always up to something grand. Congrats my brother…keep pushing and being innovative. You will succeed.

  18. Faith
    September 7, 2016

    Wow wow, congrates Elvis.Mrs Pet would have been so proud of you.God bless .The sky is the limit.

  19. Chris
    September 7, 2016

    This man will be a millionaire while alot of you small minded people will stay broke. The country of Dominica can be making these products and selling them but the people that have been programmed to look at it in a negative way are the same rum drinking people complaining that they cannot pay their bills.

  20. Kelly
    September 7, 2016

    Keep on trucking bro congrats, just don’t think of having such a aspect in dominica..

    as the main source of everything is selling your birth right “Dominica Passports”

    Dominica is not into any creative aspects industry wise…passport sales leading to Dominica listed as the Poorest and Slowest economy in the region!

  21. Wil
    September 7, 2016

    Congrats Elvis, fellow Wesleyan, and fellow Wesmar Rangers athlete! Wish you continued success.

  22. DC
    September 7, 2016

    I just don’t understand what is Dominica waiting for to legalize the herb. We have allowed other Islands such as Antigua to take the lead. Marijuana has helped many sufferers of MS. Why are we allowing the big Countries to capitalize, while we destroy the Almighty’s creation? PM, this must be one of your accomplishments. Legalize small portions.

    I just admire entrepreneurs! Congratulations Mr. Edwards!

    • Arte El Labore
      September 7, 2016

      Dc,the reason Dominica will not legalise the dope it’s because we have too many screw heads here already my friend such as so-called Workers Party and some supporters of Q95, One of the things that concern me people like you never call out for a positive life but always a negative side Linton must have programed some of you Workers supporters to be negative impact.

      • troof
        September 8, 2016

        you comment makes no sense. The impression it gives is that it is the Workers party who has the process of legalization/ decriminalization slowed down and tied up. But they are not the ones in power. THe Attorney General and the PM are the ones who can make the decision. Not lenox and the workers party.

  23. Delvin
    September 7, 2016

    If Rosie was alive Edwards would be back in Dominica creating jobs, our people have so much
    potential but skerrit ……….. himself selling passports.

  24. September 7, 2016

    Yet leaders back home can’t see the potencials in weed and will wait when everybody is doing it to start

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