The Holy Land of Medical Marijuana

How a country the size of New Jersey became the epicenter of medicinal marijuana.

After speaking here last month at a conference devoted to marijuana innovation, Garyn Angel handed out cannabis-infused salad dressing and sauces to people seeking to add an extra kick to their lunch.

The CannaTech conference drew high-profile speakers, including Yuval Landschaft, director of the Medical Cannabis Unit at Israel’s Ministry of Health, and Sharren Haskel, a member of Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s right-wing party and one of Israel’s biggest advocates of medical marijuana. The government speakers underscored the Israeli government’s growing involvement in medical marijuana research and development.

Such high-level participation also underscores Israel’s rise as a global research destination for other countries and companies. As countries such as the U.S. wrestle with the legal status of marijuana, Israel is carving a place for medical cannabis research, an increasingly lucrative industry.

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