With a little help from my Israeli friends

ByKARIN KLOOSTERMAN
September 4, 2014 12:11

Licensed Canadian ‘ganjapreneur’ MedReleaf is benefiting from Israel’s advanced expertise in the medical marijuana field.

Marijuana plants

Marijuana plants are seen in a MedReleaf facility.. (photo credit:ALEXANDER REPETSKI)

‘My initial sense was that people were looking for a prescription to get high,” says Neil Closner, CEO of MedReleaf, one of 12 Canadian companies with a license to grow and sell medical marijuana commercially.

The former investment banker, who also worked as a vice president of business development at Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto, was asked by a group of Jewish and Israeli investors, the MENA Investment Network, to set up a commercial-scale grow operation for medical cannabis in Ontario a few years ago.

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