LIMA, Peru — Scoring some pot could be as easy as ordering your next venti frappuccino (no whip) if an ex-Microsoft exec has his way.
Jamen Shively, a former corporate strategy manager for the software giant, is seeking $10 million in capital to create the United States’ first national cannibis brand — a “Starbucks of marijuana,” if you will, according to The Seattle Times.
“We’re going to mint more millionaires than Microsoft with this business,” he said before a news conference in Seattle on Thursday.
Shively, 45, announced plans to buy medicinal marijuana dispensaries in three states and wants to set up a chain of branded locales that would sell the drug for both medicinal and recreational purposes.
Joining him was former Mexican President Vicente Fox, a longtime acquaintance who is on record as wanting to explore alternatives to the “war on drugs.”
He said he’d rather see Shively selling pot legally than Mexican kingpins like Chapo Guzman doing it illegally.
“What a difference it makes to have Jamen here, sitting next to me, instead of Chapo Guzman,”Fox was reported as telling the press conference.
Fox is one of a number of past and current Latin American leaders who, to varying degrees, want to see an international debate about the possibility of legalizing, or at least decriminalizing, different narcotics that are currently illegal.
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