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D.C.’s pot pioneers: Seeking a piece of the medical marijuana action


When people think of the benefits of legalizing cannabis, they usually think of taxes and permitting as revenue sources.  If you look at the big picture, there will thousands of industries and suppliers that will catch the trickle down benefits of state legalization and federal decriminalization.  The Legalization Train Rolls On.

washington post Montgomery Blair Sibley may be best known as the lawyer who defended the D.C. Madam, the infamous escort service owner who claimed to attend to the needs of Washington’s elite.

Sibley has a new focus these days, one that’s luring a rabbi, a waitress, a State Department technician and a gaggle of other fledgling entrepreneurs: growing marijuana and selling it to sick people in the nation’s capital.

He and his partners have divined a logo (“Rx” over a pot plant) and a company name (the Medicinal Marijuana Company of America) and have found a New York Avenue warehouse at which they hope to grow enough pot to make a profit in the first year.

But the District is only part of Sibley’s grand plan, which is to turn his growing operation into a national chain as ubiquitous as, say, McDonald’s. “I want to be the Ray Kroc of medical marijuana,” Sibley said, referring to the man behind the golden arches.

[Russ adds:  Now that, in my mind, is part of the problem with the medical-only marijuana push.  Who would brag about becoming the McDonald's of insulin?  If you want to be the Ray Kroc of marijuana, great, but bringing in frames of fast-food half-billionaires, especially as society's frame on fast-food is increasingly turned toward portraying it as an industry that's killing America and poisoning the environment, is not helpful when contrasted against the idea that these laws are an act of compassion undertaken to altruistically to benefit the frailest sick and dying patients...]


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