How These Sisters Became Champions For Legalizing Weed
When Beth Stavola initially recruited her youngest sister away from a "respectable" job on Wall Street to join her in the medical marijuana industry, their conservative parents were less than thrilled. The two women are the eldest and sixth of seven children who grew up in a strict Irish Catholic home in Ocean Township, New Jersey.
" Surely but slowly, I reeled her in ," smiles Stavola, who today serves as chief operating officer of MPX Bioceutical, an Ontario-based corporation traded publicly on the Canadian Securities Exchange (CSE: MPX.CN) (OTC:MPXEF) that acquired her flourishing medical marijuana venture in January 2017 for $25 million.
Winter, who is 16 years younger than Stavola, admits she was hesitant to dip her toe into the new world of legalized pot. Raised in a family centered on church, school and sports and on the heels of the “Just Say No” era, it took a while to come around to the idea of selling a product that remains federally illegal in the U.S.
But Winter had always admired her big sister, who quickly ascended to become a senior vice president at Jefferies, the global investment banking firm, before taking time off to raise her six children and manage her own family’s investments.
“When Beth worked on Wall Street and I saw how successful she was...how powerful, how much she commanded the room and just this amazing life she built for herself, it was just natural for me to follow her,” says Winter.
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