The Green Machine: 5 Big Possibilities for Big Marijuana

Image Credit: Mca-sf.org
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

4Federal Relaxation

Image Credit: Releaf.co
It’s hard to predict how Shively’s plans could be affected by federal intervention, but in the long run, a large chain could lead to the relaxation of federal policies on marijuana. Shively says his dispensaries will follow, to the last letter of the law, every regulation of the states in which they are located. And by running his company like any other legitimate, privately financed business, any success Shively enjoys would undoubtedly result in the government taking a closer look at whether marijuana could or should be completely legalized.

Error parsing XSLT file: \xslt\ListTags.xslt