Is legal pot ready for a "Starbucks" brand? Activists say no, but a businessman tries his luck

  • by: GENE JOHNSON , Associated Press
  • Updated: June 17, 2013 - 5:21 PM

SEATTLE — For the activists who led the effort to legalize recreational marijuana in Washington state last fall, Jamen Shively was one of their biggest fears: an aspiring pot profiteer whose unabashed dreams of building a cannabis empire might attract unwanted attention from the federal government or a backlash that could slow the marijuana reform movement across the country.

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