Israel: Desert town aims to be a medical cannabis 'capital'

In Israel's Negev desert, far from the skyscrapers of Tel Aviv, the town of Yeruham hopes to cultivate an international reputation as the country's medical cannabis technology powerhouse.

Dozens of start-ups are already working on medical cannabis in Israel, where new legislation is expected to lead to further market growth in the fast-expanding sector.

Some believe that cannabis could help Yeruham tackle unemployment among its 12,000 residents, with initial efforts being led by a firm called CanNegev. The company is known as an incubator, helping foster the growth of infant firms. CanNegev shelters four start-ups and is Israel's first medical cannabis technology incubator.

"We have decided to make medical cannabis the heart of our activity, here in Yeruham, one of the most peripheral towns in Israel – a forgotten city," said CanNegev founder Zvi Bet Or.

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