SEATTLE (AP) - The plans of a former Microsoft manager to create the
"Starbucks of Pot" are worrying other activists who pushed for the
legalization of marijuana in Washington state.
They say Jamen
Shively's ambitions don't merely raise questions about whether big
corporations will come to dominate the legal pot industry, but also
about whether his profit-driven approach might cause a backlash that
could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.
is trying to raise $10 million from investors and eventually wants to
build his company, Diego Pellicer, into an international pot powerhouse.
the states aren't licensing marijuana stores yet. Legal experts say the
way Shively is going about making deals with medical marijuana
dispensaries could risk federal prosecution.