After a particularly rigorous code review or boring business meeting, who among us hasn’t considered just quitting our day jobs and drifting into the drug trade? Turns out even Microsoft employees are not immune to this hazy daydream. Seattle TV station KIRO TV reports that former Microsoft executive Jamen Shively has decided to forgo his career in tech in order to start a premium pot business.
Mr. Shively, who worked as a corporate strategy manager for Microsoft from 2003-2009, told KIRO TV that the idea came to him the way many great ideas do: on the wave of a few voluminous bong rips.
Starting on December 6th, it will be legal for Washington residents over 21 to possess marijuana and Mr. Shively plans to capitalize on this new law by manufacturing some dank ass buds. “By creating the category of premium marijuana, we want to position it similar to a fine cognac, a fine brandy, a fine cigar,” Mr. Shively told KIRO TV. “Something to be savored and enjoyed in small quantities by responsible adults.”
Mr. Shively, it seems, has a long family history of championing cannabis. His great-grandfather is Diego Pellicer, a Spaniard who was the 19th century’s biggest weed dealer. “I have marijuana in my blood, so to speak,” he smirked.
Perhaps Mr. Shively can convince his ex-boss Steve Ballmer that a little joint now and then might help his public speaking.