Joseph Maldonado-Passage is currently serving a 22-year prison sentence.
A tweet last night, posted on the Twitter account Joe Exotic, notes: “I am pleased to announce my Entertainment Attorney Brad Small, from Beverly Hills, has signed an exclusive licensing deal with a THC Group and Cannabis. We will be bringing a variety of cannabis products under the Joe Exotic brand to Colorado, California and Joe’s home state….”
Maldonado-Passage was the subject of last year’s Netflix miniseries, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness, which detailed his life as a zookeeper and convicted felon, as well as his alleged plot to kill a big cat activist.
In January of 2020, Maldonado-Passage “was sentenced to 22 years in prison after a federal jury convicted him of two counts of murder-for-hire, eight counts of violating the Lacey Act for falsifying wildlife records and nine counts of violating the Endangered Species Act.”
At the time, the U.S. Attorney’s Office, Western District of Oklahoma noted that a federal grand jury returned an indictment that accused him of “hiring an unnamed person in November 2017 to murder ‘Jane Doe’ in Florida and also hiring a person who turned out to be an undercover FBI agent to commit that murder.”
The plan is to sell the CBD edibles in currently legal California and Colorado, as well as not-yet-legal Oklahoma. Oklahoma currently has a medical marijuana program, but adult-use weed remains illegal.
Possession of any amount of cannabis is a misdemeanour carrying as much as a year in jail and a US$1,000 ($1,220) fine. With regard to sale or distribution, amounts of less than 25 pounds (11.3 kilograms) are a felony punishable by two years to life in prison and a US$20,000 ($24,400), according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.
Several years ago, Maldonado-Passage put his name in the hat to become Oklahoma’s governor. As part of his campaign, he said, “If we’re going to keep up with the rest of America, we have to legalize marijuana.”
Even though he doesn’t smoke cannabis, he said at the time, he pointed to how legalization could help ensure funding for public services, including schools.
According to the Business Insider, Maldonado-Passage could be gathering some scratch in others ways as well. He is reportedly launching a collection of non-fungible tokens and is looking to auction off some of his collectibles.
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