A statement from David following his arrest on May 7 for possession of some five thousand cannabis plants and hemp seed in his private plane, said they “met with Prime Minister Harris to talk about coordinating support efforts before we leave next week for meetings in Dominica and other Caribbean island nations that have shown great interest in our cooperative partnership. Those talks have broken down and led to the arrests of David and Ergen.
David, 50, and Chase Ergen, heir to satellite fortune, are said to have transported to St. Kitts, an estimated 5,000 cannabis plants as part of their new business to 'develop legal cannabis businesses in the region, but they were pulled aside by customs officials after landing and said to have been held for eight hours before being let go and then arrested as they tried to leave the island days later.
David's family business is the Leventis-David group, which owns the Coca-Cola Hellenic bottling plants. It is believed that were carrying hemp clone plants, hemp seeds and Swissx CBD oil products as part of their new venture. In addition to being the founder of FilmOn.TV and Hologram USA, David also has a business selling oil extracted from cannabis plants, which he markets as a treatment for a range of conditions.
In the meantime, OBSERVER media is reporting that the Government of Antigua and Barbuda has rejected claims made by “Alki” David, that they were developing a cannabis business venture in the twin island state.
The Observer quoted Attorney General and Minister of Legal Affairs, Steadroy Benjamin, as saying he had no knowledge of any such business venture or proposal.
In April, David and Ergen announced that they had formed a consortium aimed at developing the cannabis business in St. Kitts-Nevis, Dominica and Antigua and Barbuda.
During a news conference on Monday, David claimed the plants on board his private aircraft were “all hemp” and were intended for a new venture to start a legal cannabis business in the region.
A St. Kitts government statement issued on Tuesday quoted Prime Minister Harris as saying that “non-nationals would not be permitted to secure advantages over nationals of our Federation as we set about to build out a marijuana industry”.
The Observer reports that Antigua and Barbuda has been vetting several groups of foreigners, including US actress Whoopi Goldberg, who are interested in setting up businesses to use cannabis for medicinal purposes, but no mention had ever been made of David and Ergen.
In fact, teams from Canada, the UK, Jamaica and the United States have made presentations to the Cabinet with the intention of fostering a relationship with the government in relation to cannabis products.
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