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First US Marijuana Brand to be Formed by Ex-Microsoft Executive

May 31 2013, 7:01am CDT | by , in News | Misc

First US Marijuana Brand to be Formed by Ex-Microsoft Executive

An ex-Microsoft head honcho by the name of Jamen Shively has announced the creation of the first US-based marijuana brand. The former Microsoft executive wants to partially legalize the drug so as to alleviate widespread pain among cancer patients. He is willing to cooperate with the authorities on this issue.

Although marijuana is illegal in most states there are 18 which allow it for medical reasons (as an effective analgesic). Especially cancer patients who are in a lot of pain are often allowed the drug to alleviate their distress. Seeing the opportunity for a market in this industry, an erstwhile Microsoft executive, Jamen Shively has begun collecting funds for setting up dispensaries for distributing the drug to those who need it. According to Reuters, he plans on gathering $10 million for the objective. But part of the game is providing the drug for recreational purposes. This man is thinking along the lines of converting the sale of marijuana into an enterprise like Starbucks coffee. There are currently only two states - Washington and Colorado - that fully allow use of cannabis (the addictive ingredient in marijuana) for fun and pleasure.   A true renaissance man, Shively has designs of extending the business to cover the entire globe. In most of the world, marijuana use is illegal. It has only been decriminalized in some countries in Europe and the Americas.

While Shively’s schemes collide with governmental edicts, he says he is willing to talk to them rationally and man to man. He will not be breaking any rules in the process and promises to act like a gentleman. Cooperation and not competition is the watchword. However, the authorities are skeptical and not very happy with this decision. They say that the action is a method of sponging off the addictions of people. There are those who take his side and then there are those who say he is taking things too far. While there may be dangers in the venture, it is also a Godsend for cancer patients who can finally get treated by cannabis oil. The right instrument in the wrong hands though can wreak havoc.

Ultimately it is the law and freedom that are going to clash in this landmark case of pushing the envelope. Whatever the rules and regulations say can be bent a little but they can’t be broken. Shively is up against the US government and so he needs to muster up his strength to combat any allegations of foul play. A previous Mexican leader was also present at the press conference at which the decision was announced. The marijuana source is to be Mexico.

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