The Green Machine: 5 Big Possibilities for Big Marijuana

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Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft man and current CEO of Seattle-based Diego Pellicer, recently announced some big plans for big marijuana. With pot already legal for recreational use in two states and medical consumption (nothing quite like a prescription brownie) in 16 others, it seems like only a matter of time before the drug is as common and legal as tobacco or alcohol. Or at least that’s what Jamen Shively is betting on.

The Seattle-area businessman’s plan includes the Image Credit: investment of $100 million over the next three years in the expanding "social marijuana" market, and the hopes of eventually forming a national chain of marijuana stores. If all goes according to plan for Shively, the growth of legal marijuana into a national industry could have some far-reaching implications.
The Green Machine: 5 Big Possibilities for Big Marijuana

2Employment Opportunities

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New industry always leads to new jobs. And just because this particular industry hinges on selling a psychotropic drug that makes the Discovery Channel WAY cooler, doesn’t make its employment prospects any less legitimate. Shively, who plans to keep his company headquartered in Seattle, envisions employing about 1,000 people locally and 10,000 people across the nation. Those numbers would only continue to grow as the legal marijuana industry does, and could eventually lead to a massive new employment structure (not to mention some pretty amazing company picnics).

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