Antonio Villaraigosa Joins Board of Cannabis Shop MedMen

MedMen, a high-end cannabis dispensary, just got a new board member. 

Former Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa joined the board, marking his return to the business world. 

MedMen Chief Executive Adam Bierman in a statement called Villaraigosa an "experienced, connected leader who will help the cannabis firm continue to expand."

“Few people understand Los Angeles and our home state better than Mayor Villaraigosa,” Bierman said. “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.”

In an interview with the Los Angeles Times, the former mayor said that he hopes to use his political connections and his new role with MedMen to advocate for effective social-equity programs.

When Villaraigosa was mayor, he sought to limit the number of medical marijuana dispensaries in the Los Angeles but he endorsed prop 64 in 2016 which legalized the sale of cannabis to adults age 21 and older. 

Read the full article at the LA Times here

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