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Former commander of the Yarkon Region enters the cannabis business: "For legalization"

The former senior police officer, retired Superintendent Yoram Ohayon, entered the cannabis business recently and was appointed CEO of a new company called Kanadik, which hopes to grow cannabis in Moshav Petahia. In a conversation with Cannabis magazine, he says he supports not only medical cannabis but also legalization.

Former Chief Superintendent Yoram Ohayon, who until recently was one of Israel's top police officers, has entered the cannabis business and is serving as the CEO of a new cannabis company called Kanamedic, according to Cannabis Magazine.

Kanamedik is owned by Fanny Colin, the wife of Gary Colin, a former manager at Teva Adir - one of the eight oldest companies in the field that has been providing medical cannabis to patients for several years.

Brig. Gen. Yoram Ohayon, former commander of the Yarkon Region (Photo: Wikipedia)
Brig. Gen. Yoram Ohayon, former commander of the Yarkon District, entered the cannabis business in Israel (Photo: Wikipedia)

Ms. Colin holds shares of "Kanamedik" in addition to the holding of shares in Teva Adir, and with it the new company's shareholders are Avi Samama and the brothers Maor and Livneh Elbaz.

One of the reasons why Gary himself is not registered as a shareholder in the new company, but only his wife, according to officials involved in the details, is probably because he was previously declared bankrupt. Fanny herself vehemently denies this claim.

The company's management recently appointed the senior police officer, the former commander of the Yarkon region, who is mainly remembered from the period of social justice demonstrations in 2011, as CEO of the company.

Kanamidik holds only business codes, that is, initial approval for cannabis activity - like hundreds of other companies - and still without a license to grow plants or hold cannabis in any way.

But despite the presence of a very senior policeman in the company, sources told Cannabis that the police and the Chief Superintendent had not yet approved the issuance of full licenses to the company, apparently due to previous background of one or more of the company's managers.

According to sources, the company is unable to obtain police approval for alleged activity because of any criminal background or because of some intelligence information. The greenhouse is already built, including fences and all the operation, but the license is not given.

However, in a conversation with Cannabis Magazine, Ohayon denies these allegations and states that he is not aware of any such delay, and that after the company finishes preparations, it will apply for a license and hope and believe that it will indeed be received.

Fanny Kolin also makes it clear that there is no delay in issuing licenses to the company or any problem with the police's approval, but the company has not yet applied for a license. "Within a month, the license will be given," she said.

In addition, it is reported that the company planned to open the largest cannabis store in Israel in the area where the abandoned dolphinarium building is currently located in Tel Aviv, on the basis of a license to establish a pharmacy according to the new regulations of the reform.

Ohayon says that he came to the job quite simply by chance, after asking him to prepare a security plan for the new farm of the company planned to be established in Moshav Petahia, near Rehovot in the Gezer Regional Council. The acquaintance led him to full cooperation.

The former cop surprises with Cannabis magazine and also declares that he supports legalization, that is, regulating an adult cannabis market for self-use, in order to reduce the black market's income from the field.

"I am in favor of legalization but under conservative conditions," he said. "There are already about one million consumers in Israel, and even if there is half of it, then there is no reason to allow a black market. It should be supervised and sold in an orderly fashion. It will also reduce the use of all kinds of Nice Guy and its ilk which are hazardous substances. "

"I think that not only should the incrimination be canceled, but a certain amount of grams should be allowed to be used legally," Ohayon said. If uprooted the profits of offenders and people will be able to purchase it legally it is preferable. In the 30 of the last century they tried to ban alcohol in the US and it did not work. "

Ohayon joins a number of senior Israeli officials, such as former prime ministers Ehud Barak and Ehud Olmert, as well as a number of senior police officers who also joined former police commissioner Yohanan Danino.

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