Former Microsoft Executive Plans Premium Pot Business

Jamen Shively, a former Microsoft executive, plans to spend the next year researching and building a retail marijuana business that he hopes will bring legitimacy to a long-illegal industry.

Shively said he brainstormed the idea after a few bong hits.

He plans to name the business after his great-grandfather, Diego Pellicer, who was the world’s largest marijuana producer in the late 19th century.

“He was supplying hemp rope made from the marijuana tree to the Spanish armada during the Spanish-American War,” Shively said. “So I’ve got marijuana in my blood, so to speak.”

Shively said that his product won’t be cheap.

“By creating the category of premium marijuana, we want to position it similar to a fine cognac, a fine brandy, a fine cigar,” Shively said. “Something to be savored and enjoyed in small quantities by responsible adults.”

It will be legal for adults 21 and older to possess marijuana in Washington state starting Dec. 6.

– Read the rest at KiroTV.



  1. Harry on

    Please peruse US Patent 6630507 titled “Cannabinoids as antioxidants and neuroprotectants” which is assigned to The United States of America, as represented by the Department of Health and Human Services.

  2. Harry on

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    The basis of our political system is the right of the people to make and to alter their constitutions of government.
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    Few men have virtue to withstand the highest bidder.
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    Juries have the power to judge the facts and the law. If the law is a bad one, like marijuana prohibition, vote Not Guilty to acquit. We are attempting to change the bad marijuana laws.

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  3. Anonymous on

    If the outside of the box does not say delta-9 THC inside then you know you dont have delta-9 THC inside.

  4. Ginger on

    Good for him I say. I could care less if he’s just looking to make a profit. There is plenty of room for enterprising people like Mr. Shively to be getting involved in the Cannabis industry. Anyone serious about doing so is only a benefit – in my opinion and helps the cause.


  5. ivankov on

    Whats a Microsoft ceo know about cannabis? He is just trying to monopolize the business. Clearly legalization leads to big money just taking it over.

    Like we need some billionaire getting into cannabis with zero experience selling us premium stuff? Yea right. We got growers that have been growing for generations. Ill buy from them.

  6. @DrugWarEnd on

    This all sounds well and good. However, please don’t invoke the commerce clause on these fledgling legal cannabis states. If Diego moves out of Washington, would having the same cannabis company in multiple states be considered interstate commerce?