Gary Mackenzie is an entrepreneur with 25 years of corporate experience and is the founder of Releaf Clinics, the first medicinal cannabis clinic and dispensary franchise group in the Asia Pacific region.
Welcome to the fifteenth episode of The Green Fund's CannaCast! The CannaCast features pre-eminent figures within the cannabis space, whether it be entrepreneurs, doctors, chefs, or CEO's of cannabis companies, we will be speaking to the people that have made waves in the cannabis industry.
In this episode, we sit down with the Co-Founder and CEO of Releaf Group, Gary Mackenzie.
Releaf Group was the first medicinal cannabis clinic and dispensary franchise group in the Asia Pacific region, with plans for global expansion.
We spoke with Gary about his motivations behind starting Releaf Clinics, their recent supply deal with the subsidiary of ECS Botanics (ASX:ECS), Murray Meds, and their plans for the future.
Coming from an entrepreneurial background and with a litany of corporate experience, Gary Mackenzie founded Releaf Group in 2017 in St. Kilda after receiving a cancer diagnosis and turning to medical cannabis to help manage his pain.
From there, Releaf recruited doctors, professors, and pharmacists as well as acquiring the necessary suite of licenses to import and export medicinal cannabis products, all in order to expedite the medicinal cannabis prescription process for those looking for cannabinoid medications.
"We try to create an environment that's similar to an ordinary medical centre, and we build our pharmacies very close to our clinics in order to make the process easier and take the stigma away from cannabis for patients. Then, within 24 hours to three days, the majority of patients will have their prescription."
We hope you enjoy this informative episode of The CannaCast with Releaf Group's Gary Mackenzie!
This episode was produced by Casey Peternell, the introduction theme music was created by Reni Mathason and the CannaCast image was created by Niccole Lim. You can find the episode on our Spotify as well as on Apple Podcasts.
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