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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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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

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What legalization means for a medical marijuana startup

Over the past few years, Leafly CEO Brendan Kennedy has told potential investors that marijuana legalization is both inevitable and much closer than people realize. He refers to a “Berlin Wall” of marijuana prohibition that’s waiting to be taken down. With Washington (I-502) and Colorado (Amendment 64) becoming the first two states to legalize marijuana… Read More