Ex-Senator From Alaska To Run Marijuana Company

ALASKA: A former U.S. senator from Alaska who made a quixotic bid for president in 2008 has a new gig — as CEO of a marijuana company.

KUSH will be led by Mike Gravel, a senator from 1969 to 1981 who tried to make a comeback in the 2008 Democratic presidential primary. Gravel has been a critic of the war on drugs since Richard Nixon signed the Controlled Substances Act of 1970, classifying marijuana in a category set aside for the most dangerous of drugs with a high potential for abuse.

KUSH, a subsidiary of Cannabis Sativa Inc., will offer a pot lozenge called the Kubby. “I’m anxious to assist in bringing this important resource to a broader market in a serious and credible way,” said Gravel, who has been on the parent company’s board of directors.

Twenty-three states and the District of Columbia have legalized marijuana for medical use. Voters in Oregon, Alaska and the District of Columbia approved ballot initiatives in November to legalize pot —joining Colorado and Washington state. Congress, however, nixed D.C.’s pot legalization plan when it passed a $1.1 trillion spending bill earlier this month.