A Long Time Coming: A Reflection On The Evolution Of Cannabis Legality

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And at this time, M.L. Stern had just been acquired by SWS Group out of Texas. Cannabis was, in fact, illegal; and my father had personally experienced the ebb and flow of highs and lows in the cannabis business. The guys that worked for the firm all referred to themselves as “M.L. Stern guys”; M.L. Stern being a regional brokerage firm that was started out of Beverly Hills by a guy named Mickey Stern. This book documents my father, Allen Long, in the years leading up to and during his smuggling and brokering of cannabis. I had seen an article on the wall calling M.L. Stern the muni bond kings of California in the 80s or 90s.

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If you asked me 15 years ago, “Matt, do you ever see the cannabis space going legal, or yourself working in it?” I would have responded with, “NO, not in my wildest dreams…” Today, I am a co-founder of Smoke Screen Farms and Long Cannabis Co. Smoke Screen Farms is focused on the cultivation side of the business and is currently growing 1,000 acres of hemp in Virginia. Long Cannabis Co. is America’s newest apothecary, focused on its unique line of wellness products.

Looking back 15 years ago, cannabis...

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