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Business budding for marijuana startup as investors change attitude after legalization

With the former president of Mexico beside him high up in Seattle’s tallest skyscraper, Diego Pellicer founder Jamen Shivley announced to the world last Thursday plans to turn his commercial marijuana company into the Starbucks of Pot. While the press conference produced headlines across the globe, it also drew the ire of Washington’s “Pot Czar” Mark Kleiman, who called Shively… Read More

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Ex-Microsoft manager acquiring medical cannabis dispensaries for national pot business

When he formally announced Diego Pellicer last December, Jamen Shivley said he wanted his marijuana business to be a “first-mover.” Now he’s starting to make that happen. The former Microsoft corporate manager held a press conference today in downtown Seattle that included former Mexico president Vicente Fox. Shively announced that his company has acquired the rights… Read More

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Former Microsoft manager celebrates legal marijuana, explains his new pot venture

Some would say Jamen Shively has already had a nice career. He spent six years at Microsoft, eventually becoming a corporate manager. Then he went off and founded his own startup, an online marketplace for speciality foods. But nothing compared to what happened at midnight on Thursday when marijuana officially became legal in Washington. “This,”… Read More