Cultural stalwart and tourism icon Philicianno ‘Foxy’ Callwood is gearing up to host the first ever Hemp and Cannabis Festival on Jost Van Dyke.
The date has been tentatively set for July.
A media release from organisers said ‘Extrava-Ganja 2018: A Virgin Islands Hemp and Cannabis Festival’ is being put on to provide a platform for local discourse on the legalization of cannabis.
The use of cannabis is currently illegal in the territory. However, there have been unofficial talks about the possibility of legalizing the herb for medicinal purposes.
“The purpose of the festival is to provide an enjoyable day of conscious music, crafts, art and food, and to provide a forum to raise awareness and foster debate about the legalization of medicinal and/or recreational use of cannabis in the Virgin Islands,” the release said.
Organisers are also broadening their scope beyond the BVI.
“While the event is intended to focus on hemp and cannabis in the Virgin Islands, there is an open call for interested individuals with relevant experience from throughout the Caribbean region and the United States,” the release added.
The area known as the waterfront stage at Foxy’s beachfront will host live musical entertainment, while Foxy’s Uppercrust will be converted into the ‘cannabis conference room’.
It will host a series of educational speakers, presentations, and round-table discussions.
Foxy’s Outback will be the designated area for a vendors market for farm produce, local art, and literature.
The event will be free of charge.
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