Well known advocate for the legalization of marijuana in the US Virgin Islands (USVI), Senator Positive Nelson, is slated to address the first-ever cannabis festival on Jost Van Dyke, BVI.
Just last year, Nelson led a pro-marijuana rally on the island of St Croix in an effort to have the weed decriminalised in the USVI.
“He (Senator Nelson) has agreed to come [to the BVI] and be a speaker on the topic, which will lend a certain gravitas to the discussion and we have about 25 vendors who have committed to having an interest in it,” said Thomas Warner, General Manager at Foxy’s — the event organiser.
BVI residents are said to be eagerly anticipating the marijuana event, which is being dubbed Extrava-Ganja 2018: A Virgin Islands Hemp and Cannabis Festival.
The event is confirmed for July 7.
“The interest level has been fantastic. When I go to town it’s really what everybody wants to talk about right now. I am very optimistic about the festival,” Warner said.
He said the festival is to revive discussions about legalizing or decriminalising marijuana in the BVI.
“The festival isn’t to make money or to sell weed or anything like that. We want the conversation to be more upfront and honest with respect to the legalization of marijuana and just announcing that festival has achieved that goal.”
Local authorities have also responded positively to the festival, Warner added.
In the meantime, the area known as the waterfront stage at Foxy’s beachfront will be used to host live musical entertainment, while Foxy’s Uppercrust will be converted into the ‘cannabis conference room’.
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.