Article by Tristin Hopper, The Growth Op
This week, former Israel Police commissioner Yohanan Danino settled into his new job as chairman of Together Pharma, an Israeli medical cannabis distributor.
In doing so, Danino joins an ever-lengthening list of ex-cops getting cannabis gigs. A surprising number of executives leading the worldwide cannabis boom, in fact, started their careers throwing people in jail for the stuff.
Kash Heed, a former West Vancouver police chief, is on the board of directors for Grow Global, whose website touts his background in “drug and gang enforcement.” Norman Inkster, a former RCMP commissioner and president of Interpol, now works with with the cannabis retailer Fire and Flower. The board of Agraflora Organics International counts two longtime Toronto Police officers on its board.
The same thing is happening throughout the United States. In Colorado, two former police officers founded Blue Line Protection Group, an armoured car company catering to the state’s legal pot industry. Cannabis start-ups are quickly becoming as reliable an employer for retired cops as security companies or private investigators.