Mexico's Vicente Fox appeared at a news conference in Seattle, where he recounted how the war on drugs has ravaged his country and praised the states of Washington and Colorado for voting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana last fall. [screen capture/caption via Huffington Post]

Mexico’s Vicente Fox appeared at a news conference in Seattle, where he recounted how the war on drugs has ravaged his country and praised the states of Washington and Colorado for voting to legalize the recreational use of marijuana last fall. [screen capture/caption via Huffington Post]

BIG MARIJUANA is what Jamen Shively’s ambitious enterprise is being called and it can only help the rest of America stand up and be counted so that marijuana can take its place next to alcohol as a legal recreational substance.

At a press conference in downtown’s tallest skyscraper, Shively said he and business partners will begin in Washington State and Colorado, where rules for legal pot come online this year, and wait as voters pick off prohibition across the country. Flanked by lawyers, a state lawmaker, and former Mexico president Vicente Fox, Shively said he is a “couple weeks” from an initial $10 million milestone, and within three years, he fully expects to open”“some medical marijuana and some recreational marijuana”“a dozen branded stores in Washington State, another dozen stores in Colorado, and as many as hundreds in California (a state where only medical marijuana is currently legal but where voters are widely expected to legalize recreational pot in 2016). – Seattle Entrepreneur Plans $100 Million National Chain of Pot Stores [h/t Huffington Post]

From slog.thestranger.com, which broke the story on Thursday in Seattle.

A glimpse into the the commercialized pot market was evident in a menu of marijuana strains that hung in the back of the room, designed to capture the classic Latin American esthetic of tequila or cigar marketing, promoting future products with the gusto of a fast-food signboard: The “exclusive hand-selected variants” featured familial homages like “Diego Reserva” (the firm, Diego Pellicer, is named after Shively’s great grandfather) to local nods like “Juan de Fuca,” also the name of a waterway northwest of Seattle.

As for those drug sniffing dogs that are the bane of legal marijuana proponents’ existence. The Guardian reported this week that in Washington state at least they’re being retrained to focus on hard drugs, not marijuana.

When Dusty, a 19-month-old black Labrador, walked past a pipe full of marijuana during a recent police search of a house, he was doing exactly what his handler hoped.

The newest drug-sniffing dog on the police force in Bremerton, near Seattle, is one of a few police dogs in Washington state that are not trained to point out pot during searches. Other police departments are considering or in the midst of re-training their dogs to ignore pot as well, part of the new reality in a state where voters last fall legalized marijuana use.

If we could only get President Obama and his utterly incompetent Attorney General Eric Holder to do the same thing.

Jamen Shively’s “Big Marijuana’ is all good news, as Mexico’s Vicente Fox knows, because nothing has been so thoroughly worthless and criminally unjust as America’s drug war.