A colorful and well-known former doctor from Australia may be making his professional debut in the United States cannabis industry sometime soon.
Ex-physician Geoffrey Edelsten told the Daily Telegraph that he has a business partner in Canada who has already won a license to grow medical marijuana in Nevada, and that the two “plan to buy a range of marijuana dispensaries in the U.S.”
Edelsten has also had varying other entrepreneurial stints, including as the owner of the Sydney Swans soccer team and a record production company. Once he got into medicine, Edelsten became famous for running multidisciplinary medical centers with lavish stylings, such as mink-covered exam tables and grand pianos in patient waiting rooms.
At least one bill has so far been introduced in the Australian Parliament to legalize MMJ, but a primary backer of the measure said he doubts Edelsten would qualify to recommend or prescribe cannabis for patients because he was deregistered as a physician decades ago.