Starbucks-Style Pot Stores? New Company Plans Chain
'We are big marijuana,' says chief of Seattle's Diego Pellicer
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted May 31, 2013 2:41 PM CDT
Former Mexican President Vicente Fox, center, speaks during a news conference, May 30, 2013, in Seattle, as Diego Pellicer Inc. announced its recent medical marijuana dispensary acquisitions.   (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)

(Newser) – Marijuana: Coming to a strip mall near you? It will be if Jamen Shively has his way. The former Microsoft manager intends to build a national chain of "social marijuana" stores, he announced in Seattle. His company, Diego Pellicer, will invest $100 million in the endeavor over the next three years, and hopes to start with a dozen stores each in Washington state and Colorado, and even more in California, the Stranger reports. "Yes, we are Big Marijuana," Shively declared.

Diego intends to "be the most recognized brand in an industry that does not exist yet," Shively said. Of course, doing that could involve a lot of lobbying in Washington, which might be why Shively made the announcement alongside a host of lawyers, lawmakers, and even former Mexico President Vicente Fox. Fox said that companies like Diego would "bring a solution to Mexico's huge crime problem. Criminals won't be able to get the money, because the money will be in the hands of people like Jamen."

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Jun 1, 2013 11:11 AM CDT
Haha it will be basically another "the old teahouse" they are nice, given I don't smoke or touch anything.
Jun 1, 2013 9:01 AM CDT
I'll have a hemp latte please
Jun 1, 2013 8:31 AM CDT
If they think this is going to change the drug trafficking trade their nuts. Drug king pins will switch to an even better and more profitable venue. Bogus prescription drugs. Cheaper than the percentage you pay out of pocket for the legal stuff. Not to mention all the other pills and powder out there. Wouldn't surprise me either if these Marijuana high rollers will eventually do their best to Lobby for laws to prevent individuals that have medical problems , or anyone else for that matter, from growing their own. There's leverage in the millions in contributions to political campaigns. You saw what happened to the now fading fast revised gun laws. The only way to good government and a true democracy is campaign contribution reform. The Supreme Court did this country an injustice by not providing a workable form of control and cutting it loose. Even the strongest people are not strong enough to do what's right when millions are thrown at their feet.