Former Senator Mike Gravel To Run MJ Company
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Former Senator Mike Gravel To Run MJ Company
Posted by CN Staff on December 31, 2014 at 06:09:28 PT
By Matt Ferner
Source: Huffington Post
Alaska -- Former U.S. Sen. Mike Gravel (D-Alaska) is the new CEO of a marijuana company that produces cannabis-infused products for both recreational and medical use, the company announced Tuesday.The Alaskan Democrat and 2008 presidential contender will lead KUSH, a subsidiary owned by Cannabis Sativa, Inc. Former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson serves as CEO of Cannabis Sativa, and Gravel is on that company's board of directors. KUSH will develop and market new marijuana-infused products under Gravel's leadership, the company said in a press release.
Gravel served two terms in the Senate from 1969 to 1981, and was a candidate in the 2008 presidential race. He also has been an outspoken supporter of marijuana legalization and a staunch critic of the decades-long war on drugs."I feel very deeply about the failure that is marijuana prohibition," Gravel told The Huffington Post as one of the reasons why he took his new job. "Nixon is the one that put marijuana into a Schedule I. People forget that story, I lived through that. I thought it was horrible."President Richard Nixon, who is credited as the first president to declare a "war on drugs," signed the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance. Though 23 states have declared medical cannabis is legal and four have approved recreational marijuana for adults, the regulation and sale of the drug remains illegal under the CSA. The states that have legalized marijuana or softened penalties for possession have only been able to do so because of federal guidance urging federal prosecutors to refrain from targeting state-legal marijuana operations."Where we have cannabis legal today is where the people have spoken," Gravel added. "The people know better than their leaders, that's what's going on here."Gravel was quick to note that his new position at KUSH does not mean he's giving up politics."It hasn't changed my whole political posturing," Gravel said. "I've been very active in the last month or so over the torture debate. And I'll continue to be active with respect to the difficulties that we're having in Iran."In November, prior to the release of the executive summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee's torture report detailing the horrors of the CIA's post 9/11 detention and interrogation program, Gravel urged Sen. Mark Udall (D-Colo.) to make the report public on the Senate floor. The move would have been similar to the one Gravel himself made with the Pentagon Papers.In 1971, Gravel began an epic filibuster where he read the Pentagon Papers, first released by Daniel Ellsberg, during a meeting of his Senate Buildings and Grounds Subcommittee . Gravel was able to enter the remaining thousands of pages from the Pentagon Papers into the congressional record -- thereby ensuring they would be public before the Supreme Court could rule on whether or not the controversial documents could be published in the press.Steve Kubby, chairman of the board at Cannabis Sativa, called Gravel a "true American hero" who "brings invaluable perspective" to the company.“Senator Gravel stood up to Nixon, stood up to the Pentagon, and now he is standing up to those in power who would keep the healthful benefits of cannabis from those who need them," Kubby said in a statement.KUSH Vice President and COO Michael Pickens told HuffPost that Gravel has been a "very active and outspoken" member of the Cannabis Sativa board of directors. "I specifically requested to work with him for his track record of taking action and holding people accountable in government, and now he gets to use those skills to advance another worthy project," Pickens said.Source: Huffington Post (NY)Author: Matt FernerPublished: December 30, 2014Copyright: 2014, LLC Contact: scoop huffingtonpost.comWebsite:   -- Cannabis Archives
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Comment #11 posted by afterburner on January 02, 2015 at 06:21:30 PT
From The GCW's Link #10
Colorado seeks federal permission for state colleges to grow marijuana.
By John Ingold The Denver Post.
Friday, Jan. 2, 2015 - 2:01 a.m. new year everybody!
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Comment #10 posted by The GCW on January 01, 2015 at 16:56:32 PT
PollDo you think Colorado's first year of legalized recreational marijuana has been more of a success or failure?SuccessFailure
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Comment #9 posted by FoM on January 01, 2015 at 11:24:01 PT
Oleg and Hope
I am happy it has helped you. We don't get a lot of comments but we are viewed by many people. I hope this year something really big happens!
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Comment #8 posted by Oleg the Tumor on January 01, 2015 at 05:37:28 PT
Happy New Year & Thank You FoM
For everyone around this campfire: We move boldly into the future with great expectations!I can't imagine what kind of spirits I would be in without C-news these last 4 years. Survival requires inspiration, and I have found that here. Thank You! 
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Comment #7 posted by Hope on December 31, 2014 at 21:44:03 PT
Happy New Year to you, too, FoM!
I hope it is going to be an amazing year... full of progress!I hope and pray it's going to be a happy, happy New Year for all of us. I'm certainly counting on it. I'm very hopeful. I'm very thankful. I'm very excited and I'm looking so forward to this happy new year.
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Comment #6 posted by FoM on December 31, 2014 at 19:24:10 PT
Happy New Year!
I think 2015 is going to be a good year for us. Have a safe and wonderful New Years Eve!
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Comment #5 posted by Hope on December 31, 2014 at 14:22:22 PT
I'd like to hear good word of Dr. Russo.
That would be nice.
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Comment #4 posted by Hope on December 31, 2014 at 14:21:05 PT
And the Governor!
It's good to see what these guys have been up to. I like it. I like it a lot.
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Comment #3 posted by Hope on December 31, 2014 at 14:16:38 PT
Steve Kubby, chairman of the board 
That's so good to see.
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Comment #2 posted by The GCW on December 31, 2014 at 09:37:24 PT
The N word.
Tricky Dicky Nixon classifying marijuana as a Schedule I substance. -Alongside herion.Can I say that here; Nixon?That bum caused a lot of misery. Nixon violated America.
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Comment #1 posted by HempWorld on December 31, 2014 at 06:44:09 PT
Now who can tell me, these guys are not stoners?
Senator Gravel and Governor Johnson...Ha, ha, ha!
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