Marijuana consultant Mark Kleiman, who is helping Washington craft regulations, told Reuters, "It's very hard for me to understand why anybody seriously interested in being in the marijuana business, which after all is against the federal law, would so publicly announce his conspiracy to break that law."
Shivley is aware of the potential legal pitfalls. "If [federal agents] want to come talk to me, I'll be delighted to meet with them," he said Thursday. "I'll tell them everything that we're doing and show them all our books."
Eighteen states – including Colorado and Washington – and Washington, D.C., allow medical marijuana.
Fox hailed Shively's business plan, which ultimately foresees importing the drug from Mexico. The former Mexican president said, "What a difference it makes to have Jamen here sitting at my side instead of [drug cartel leader] Chapo Guzman."
The U.S. Department of Justice has not indicated if it will sue to prevent the opening of recreational marijuana stores early next year in Colorado and Washington state. President Obama has been vague about how his administration, reviled by some marijuana-rights advocates for allegedly presiding over more medical marijuana raids than were conduced during George W. Bush's administration, will treat the unprecedented voter-approved legalization of pot in those states.