Ex-New Mexico Gov. Johnson named pot company CEO


ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — A Nevada-based startup that
plans on selling medical and recreational marijuana products named
former New Mexico governor and U.S. Libertarian presidential candidate
Gary Johnson as its CEO and president, the company announced Tuesday.
announcement came as Cannabis Sativa Inc. said it had acquired
marijuana research business Kush while company officials work to
navigate changing state laws on marijuana and potential challenges from
the federal government, which still views marijuana as a controlled
Johnson said he hoped to expand Cannabis Sativa into a
major marijuana business and intends to work out of New Mexico to help
develop products that are legal in states like Colorado and Washington.
generally believe this is changing the planet for the better," said
Johnson, who will be paid $1 a year and receive equity in the company.
"It also is a bet on the future … We think we have the creme de la
creme of marijuana products."
Johnson, who owned a construction
company that helped build Intel Corp.’s Rio Rancho, New Mexico, plant
before entering politics, said the company will make marijuana-based
oils aimed at helping children with epilepsy. The two-term governor also
said it will make cough drop-like products for recreational use.
of things hit you when you try the product. One is, wow, why would
anybody smoke marijuana given this is an alternative?" Johnson said.
"And then secondly, it’s just very, very pleasant. I mean, very
In addition, Cannabis Sativa announced Tuesday it named Kush’s founder, Steve Kubby, as its chairman.
Kubby was the 1998 Libertarian Party nominee for California governor.
company still is working to determine what its limitations are under
federal law, which is in conflict with Colorado and Washington, Johnson
However, Johnson said he’s betting more states and the federal government eventually will allow
recreational use of marijuana.
think in 10 years, for the most part, the U.S. will legalize
marijuana," Johnson said. "And what the U.S. does, so does the world."

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