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Al Sharpton Begins to Shakedown the Marijuana Industry

Professional racial grievance industry profiteer Al Sharpton says that while he doesn’t use marijuana as a “minister,” that’s not going to stop him from seeking kickbacks from the fast-growing pot industry.

Sharpton will be the keynote speaker at the Cannabis World Congress Conference in New York City on June 16, billed as “leading trade show and conference for the legalized cannabis, medical marijuana, and industrial hemp industries.”

Sharpton previewed his upcoming speech indicating that the industry had better ready to get ready to write some serious checks to his front group:

“Just because I don’t use marijuana as a minister, does not mean I have the right to impose my moral values on others. However, I will challenge the cannabis industry and its distributors in states where it is legal to support civil rights movements and ensure that we are not disproportionately excluded from business opportunities.”

In Al Sharpton lingo, “support civil rights movements” is defined as giving him a cut of the action.

As the New York Post reported, Al Sharpton has built a long career as a shakedown artist, masquerading as a civil rights leader:

“Want to influence a casino bid? Polish your corporate image? Not be labeled a racist?

Then you need to pay Al Sharpton.

For more than a decade, corporations have shelled out thousands of dollars in donations and consulting fees to Sharpton’s National Action Network. What they get in return is the reverend’s supposed sway in the black community or, more often, his silence.”

“As a guest of Cannabis World Congress & Business Expositions (CWCBExpo), Rev. Al Sharpton will discuss the need for greater inclusion of underrepresented communities in the fast-growing cannabis industry, which is expected to exceed $20 billion in 2020,” the organization said in a statement.

And Al Sharpton wants his “fair share” of that $20 billion. The shakedown has begun. Career shakedown artist and lifelong race hustler Al Sharpton has found another industry to put the screws to.

About the Author

Matthew K. Burke
A former Washington State U.S. Congressional candidate in 2010, Matthew attended the nation’s first modern day Tea Party in 2009 in Seattle, Washington. He also began writing and blogging that year. Matthew became a Certified Financial Planner in 1995 and was a Financial Advisor for 24 years in his previous life. Matthew was one of the three main writers leading a conservative news site to be one of the top 15 conservative news sites in the U.S. in a matter of months. He brings to PolitiStick a vast amount of knowledge about economics as well as a passion and commitment to the vision that our Founding Fathers had for our Republic.

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