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Podcast: Pharmacist who opened his mind to Rx marijuana wants Israel to get lit

Until the 1930s, cannabis products were sold in local pharmacies, says Saul Kaye, head of CannaTech and iCan. Now, by not deregulating medical pot, Startup Nation is falling behind

Welcome to Times Will Tell, a weekly podcast from The Times of Israel. In honor of this week’s April 20 “4-20 Day” — the day that marijuana enthusiasts have adopted to raise awareness for the causes of cannabis legalization and medical marijuana — we’re speaking with Saul Kaye, who is a mover and shaker in Israel’s cannabis legalization and technology drive.

Kaye was trained as a conventional pharmacist prior to moving to Israel in the 1990s and establishing a pharmacy in Jerusalem. But around a decade ago, he began opening his mind to the use of medical marijuana when a severely ill friend had exhausted all other options.

Now he is the CEO of CannaTech and iCan, two Israel-based initiatives working on medical marijuana efforts.

We speak about how the brains and brawn of Startup Nation are still largely untapped, and so is the some $1 billion potential economic boost that deregulation could provide.

After our conversation with Kaye, we will hear a special report from Dubai brought to us by The Times of Israel’s Ops and Blogs editor Miriam Herschlag that was first broadcast on TLV1’s Promised Podcast.

The Times of Israel podcasts are available for download on iTunesTuneIn, Pocket CastsStitcher, PlayerFM or wherever you get your podcasts.

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