Now that we have Trump in the White House, the rats are coming out of their holes and looking for places in the new legal cannabis space.
• Republican dirty trickster Roger Stone tried to get the industry's attention, starting the US Cannabis Coalition and getting booked to speak at events like the Cannabis World Expo. But after his first CWC gig in New York in 2017, activists began to howl and forced the CWC to cancel his speaking engagements at its Los Angeles and Boston events. Stone is currently being investigated by special counsel Bob Mueller for his alleged involvement in Russian meddling during the 2016 presidential campaign.
• Former Republican Speaker of the House John Boehner recently joined the board of Acreage Holdings, a New York-based company with dispensaries and investments in a number of legal cannabis states. During his time in the House (1991-2005), Boehner never lifted a finger to support any efforts to reform marijuana laws and end federal prohibtion. "My thinking on cannabis has evolved," he said in April. Yes, he's "evolved" just in time to cash in on the Green Rush.
• Former heavyweight champion Mike Tyson now has a line of cannabis products. In January, Tyson announced that he and his partners (Robert Hickman and James Stromman) would be converting a 40-acre ranch in Califiornia City, 110 miles north of Los Angeles, into a pot farm. Tyson has a long rap sheet. He was convicted of rape in Indiana in 1992 and served three years in jail and another 60 days for violating his parole. From 1987-2007, Tyson had repeated incidents and was charged with numerous assaults, including by his wives. In 1997, during a championship bout with Evander Holyfield, he bit off a piece of his opponent's ear.
• TV and movie star Charlie Sheen announced last Apr. 20 that his new line of vape pens, Sheenius, would be available in the near future. He appears on the cover of Oct. 2018 High Times. Sheen has a well documented history of cocaine, prostitutes and generally treating women badly. In 2009, he was charged with second-degree felony assault after threatening to kill, attempting to strangle and holding a knife to throat of his ex-wife Brooke Mueller. In 2009, Sheen pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic violence.
Where should we draw the line? In the case of Stone, who may be indicted by Mueller, the line already has been drawn. We can't do much about Boehner's activities other than scorn him. But Tyson and Sheen, two men who have terrible track records with women, are another story. In this MeToo era, we shouldn't suddenly give them passes because they say they're reformed. That's the same defense everyone has used, from Harvey Weinstein to Al Franken. Weinstein and Franken have been rightfully banished. We should hold former sex offenders like Tyson and Sheen to that same standard.