Microsoft alum promises to ‘mint millionaires’ with future U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade

By Stephen C. Webster
Wednesday, May 29, 2013 14:51 EDT
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Former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively (center) celebrates marijuana legalization in Washington state.
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Former Microsoft corporate strategy manager Jamen Shively (pictured, center) will appear Thursday with former Mexican president Vicente Fox at a press conference announcing the unofficial start of the legal U.S.-Mexico marijuana trade, even though such a trade is still very much imaginary.

“Let’s go big or go home,” Shively told The Seattle Times. “We’re going to mint more millionaires than Microsoft with this business.”

His company, Diego Pellicer, plans to produce, market and distribute a high-potency strain of marijuana and establish itself as the industry’s first true “brand.” Shivley and his business partners were even featured on the local news the night Washington’s marijuana legalization law took effect, in video featuring Shivley ringing a bell to celebrate “the beginning of the end of prohibition.”

Since trying marijuana for the first time just last year, Shively says that he’s been fully converted by the controversial herb. “I’ve just fallen in love with the plant,” he told the Times. “Especially in the medical realm I’ve gone from entrepreneur to advocate to activist, seriously.”

Meanwhile, Shivley has been purchasing legal medical marijuana dispensaries, preparing his supply chain and eagerly watching events in Olympia, Washington, where lawmakers are firming up the rules for the legal marijuana trade. Similar laws were signed by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper (D) earlier this month.

But as for kicking off the whole U.S.-Mexico legalized drug trade, Shively said he’s not quite sure how that’s going to fall into place just yet. “I don’t know how exactly that would be done, but I know it’s been done in other industries,” he reportedly said.

Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster
Stephen C. Webster is the senior editor of Raw Story, and is based out of Austin, Texas. He previously worked as the associate editor of The Lone Star Iconoclast in Crawford, Texas, where he covered state politics and the peace movement’s resurgence at the start of the Iraq war. Webster has also contributed to publications such as True/Slant, Austin Monthly, The Dallas Business Journal, The Dallas Morning News, Fort Worth Weekly, The News Connection and others. Follow him on Twitter at @StephenCWebster.
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