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Caribbean Lecture Series "THE SEARCH FOR GOLD...MARIJUANA"
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Caribbean Lecture Series

As envisioned by our CEO, Stephen Hill, the annual CIN Lecture Series is a community forum for hearing visionary Caribbean leaders who reflect on regional affairs and provide hope and direction for the future. Presented at the Schomburg Centre for Research in Black Culture, the Lecture has become one of the premier Caribbean events in New York. It attracts a large cross-section of diplomats, media, business and religious leaders, college professors and other members of the Caribbean community

When: WED. OCT. 16TH
6:00 PM
Where: The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture
515 Malcolm X Blvd
@ West 135th Street
Harlem, New York  10037
United States
Contact: (347) 448-4345 Email:

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from The Weekly Gleaner – September 12- September 18, 2018


Jamaica’s Industry and Commerce Minister Audley Shaw will be the keynote speaker for this year’s Caribbean Lecture Series scheduled for Wednesday, October 16 at The Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture in New York.


Organized under the theme ‘The Search for Green Gold ... Marijuana’ - this year’s forum will address the current issues and questions facing the marijuana industry and especially Jamaica’s role. Speaking to the rationale, Caribbean International Network (CIN) founder Stephen Hill, says: “This year’s topic is front and center in the global marketplace. There are discussions ongoing in Canada and the U.S about the impact of deregulation and decriminalization of cannabis. Thirteen states have already legalized it but the Federal government hasn’t, so there are a number of questions, it’s on everybody’s mind both in the Diaspora and in the general marketplace. In Jamaica, we have tried for many years to address this, now we have chosen decriminalization. So the questions are:   “Have we chosen the right model?”  “Is it an inclusive model?," “Are the small persons going to benefit?” and “Are we creating a model that will propel economic growth in Jamaica?”


“CIN has created the opportunity for Jamaicans to get their ideas to the wider world,” Hills says of the 14-year-old lecture series, which explores issues of interest to the diaspora and local communities.


Derrick Reckord, president/CEO, Grace Kennedy Foods USA LLC and Dwayne McKenzie, president of EPICAN, Jamaica as sponsors, are also expected to make remarks at the event. CIN has further arranged for Minister Shaw to be hosted by Bloomberg at an editors’ forum while in New York. 

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