Jill McKenzie Burr is a pioneer of Jamaica’s legal cannabis industry and a veteran cannabis advocate.In 1995, her company,Alternative Import & Export,was the first to advise the Jamaican government oncannabis production for sustainable island development.Jill, along with her husband James Burr,worked closely with Minister Phillip Paulwell, then Minister of Finance, Industry, and Investment. Together, they led the governments first cannabis committee, organized to research and promote Jamaica’s transition to legal production. Jill also provided support to Jamaica’s legalize ganja movement and collaborated with Rastafarian elders leading the campaign. These efforts gave the government a new perspective on ganja and helped pave the way for Jamaica’s medical cannabis industry.
Today, Jill is excited by the opportunity for Jamaica to be a leader in the global cannabis market and a destination for cannabistourism.She is Co-Founder and Principal of Enlighten Development, Inc., a sustainable Caribbean resort development and consultancy company that integrates a focus on cannabis.
Jill is also Co-Founder of Enlighten Cannabis, an Enlighten Development, Inc. project with plans for sustainable cannabis production and acommitment to empowering Jamaica’s traditional ganja farmers to produce for the legal cannabis market.
Along with deep roots in cannabis, she has a background in sustainable development, expertise in the health & wellness industry, and 25-years’traveling and conducting business in Jamaica.She co-founded and was Director of Business Development for Malibu Solar and is former Director of Operations for Eric Lloyd Wright Architecture & Planning, where she gained great insight into Frank Lloyd Wright’s philosophy of organic design.Jill has been involved with several innovative projects incorporating ecological planning, green building, and renewable energy.
Jill has been business partners with her husband, James Burr, since 1995, when they launched their first venture together. Married in Jamaica in 1998, they share a passion for the Caribbean and a commitment to socially and environmentally responsible development in the region.
Jill holds a Bachelor of Science from Georgia State University.