‘Florida does not need Cheryl Shuman to come into this state.’
~ Irv Rosenfeld
Cheryl Shuman, the self-styled “Martha Stewart of marijuana” who runs the Beverly Hills Cannabis Club and reportedly sells $750 ounces, has announced she’s starting a marijuana super PAC (political action committee) to join the campaign medical marijuana in Florida. But some leaders of the Sunshine State’s medical marijuana community, including federal patient Irvin Rosenfeld, are less than enthusiastic to have her “help.”
Shuman bragged to Broward Palm Beach New Times reporter Allie Conti about her star-studded Beverly Hills clientele, including “celebrities like Justin Timberlake,” and other clients who are “people who cannot go to dispensaries or be exposed as a pothead,” Shuman claimed (and here we were thinking they were medical marijuana patients, but what do we know).
The Beverly Hills blond is ambitious; in fact, she says she wants her company to become the Mercedes of marijuana, and she sees passage of Florida’s Amendment 2 as one step toward her goal. But does she care about patients, and the other activists who are fighting for safe access? That may be a different matter entirely.