Former Alaska Senator Gravel named chief executive of cannabis products company

Former U.S. senator Gravel talks to demonstrators at their camp at the Lindenplatz square in ZurichBy Steve Quinn JUNEAU, Alaska (Reuters) – Former U.S. Democratic Senator Mike Gravel, who represented Alaska in the 1970s, said on Wednesday he would head a Nevada company that develops and markets cannabis throat lozenges and other products in states that have taken steps to legalize weed. Gravel, 84, will run KUSH, a subsidiary of publicly traded Cannabis Sativa Inc, where Gravel previously served nine months on the board of directors, the company said in a statement. “We need to decriminalize drugs and treat them as a health problem,” Gravel, who lives in California, told Reuters. …

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