Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa Joins MedMen’s Board Of Directors

CALIFORNIA: MedMen Enterprises announced that former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa has joined its Board of Directors.

Villaraigosa brings with him two decades of public service. He served two terms as mayor of Los Angeles from 2005 to 2013, was the Speaker of the California State Assembly from 1998 to 2000, a Los Angeles councilmember from 2003 to 2005 and President of the United States Conference of Mayors in 2012. He was appointed by President Obama to chair the 2012 Democratic Convention. Time magazine called Villaraigosa one of the country’s 25 most influential Latinos.

Positioned squarely on the national stage, Villaraigosa is considered to be a leading voice and champion of the “radical middle” in American politics, known for his exceptional skill at building broad bipartisan coalitions. Villaraigosa has culled a national reputation as a fiercely independent thinker willing to challenge power even at heavy personal and political cost.

“California is the largest legal cannabis market in the world, and Los Angeles is the epicenter of our fast-evolving industry,” said MedMen co-founder and CEO Adam Bierman. “Few people understand Los Angeles and our home state better than Mayor Villaraigosa. He will be instrumental in guiding MedMen’s expansion in the Golden State and through his broad network, Mr. Villaraigosa will help MedMen solidify its presence across the country. He has dedicated his career to empowering local communities, and we look forward to his leadership.”

Villaraigosa was President of the American Federation of Government Employees Local 3230 representing employees at the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. He was also a former union organizer and field representative for the United Teachers of Los Angeles. He is a past president of the Southern California chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union, and served on the Southern California Rapid Transit District and on the Metropolitan Transportation Authority twice over two decades.



Marijuana-Roasted Coffee Is Now Legally Available for Purchase

CALIFORNIA: Los Angeles-based coffee company has figured out a way to sell marijuana-infused coffee all around the world regardless of state or country laws. According to Fast Company, Kian Abedini’s Compelling & Rich is now selling “herb conditioned” (in which the herb is marijuana) Ethiopian Yirgacheffe coffee beans. While the beans smell exactly like the green stuff, they won’t actually get anyone high because they don’t contain any THC.

Abedini tells LA Weekly that he makes the coffee by “essentially hot-boxing the roast room,” when he infuses the green coffee beans with marijuana. However, the product isn’t, er, medicated because the THC is burned off in the roasting process. Instead it just tastes and smells like cannabis. It was a lawyer who advised Abedini to label the bags at “herb-conditioned” coffee, instead of writing marijuana on the bags. While it might not get people high, the product — which can be purchased online — is in high demand. Abedini says his company’s server has crashed in the past from excited customers.

Those who want to actually wake and bake with a morning cup of coffee will have to head to Washington. A company called Fairwinds Manufacturing has created a marijuana-infused coffee — sold as grounds or in a k-cup format — that are now available in stores across the state.