Dwight Crawford, Build Expo's chairman and founder, says Jamaica's vast amount of "out-of-use cane lands" should be used to capitalise on the growing popularity and economic potential of industrial hemp.
Mr. Crawford says Jamaica is uniquely poised to be a major beneficiary of this growing phenomenon of industrial hemp and should use the lands to benefit the people.
Mr. Crawford added that over time, the use of industrial hemp has evolved into an even greater variety of products, including health foods, organic body care, clothing, construction materials, biofuels, and plastic composites.
Pointing overseas, he said the American market for legal marijuana is predicted to rise to US$21.8 billion by 2020.
The second staging of the Build Expo and Conference is slated for the Montego Bay Convention Centre in St. James from June 8-11.