Actor Leonardo DiCaprio at the UK premiere of "The Wolf Of Wall Street" in January 2014. (Joel Ryan, Invision/AP)

How this former ‘Wolf of Wall Street’ hopes to grow legal weed in New York

The former vice president of corporate finance at Stratton Oakmont, Jordan Belfort’s fraudtastic investment firm featured in 'The Wolf of Wall Street,' is now a ganjapreneur

The man who was once the vice president of corporate finance at Stratton Oakmont — Jordan Belfort’s fraudtastic investment banking firm at the center of Martin Scorsese’s “The Wolf of Wall Street” — is now a ganjapreneur looking to grow legal marijuana in New York.

From the New York Post’s report:

Dean Petkanas’ new company is among the 43 entities vying for one of five lucrative medical-marijuana licenses in New York state — an eclectic group that includes a hospital group whose boss previously worked for an ex-governor, and two nursing-home operators who run a facility at the center of a recent scandal.

“Now it’s a waiting game,” said Petkanas, who worked for three years at Stratton Oakmont, the pump-and-dump brokerage featured in the 2013 Martin Scorsese-directed film.

He now heads Long Island-based medical-marijuana company Kanna­Life Sciences, which is eying 700 acres in Buffalo for a “green” grow site.

“If we do [get the license], great. If we don’t, we’re still there for the state of New York,” added Petkanas.

Petkanas recently shared his hopes for KannaLife with Men’s Journal:

Hopefully we’ll be around for years to come. Hopefully we’ll be providing information that’s critical and invaluable to the marketplace when it comes to delivering the cannabinoid-based therapeutics to the market because at this point it’s not going to turn back on itself. It’s only going to continue to move forward.