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Wrigley Jr. Goes From Chewing Gum to Medical Marijuana



    Wrigley Jr. Goes From Chewing Gum to Medical Marijuana
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    LOS ANGELES, CA - SEPTEMBER 7: A budtender handles marijuana at Perennial Holistic Wellness Center, a not-for-profit medical marijuana dispensary in operation since 2006, on September 7, 2012 in Los Angeles, California. A group of activists have submitted about 50,000 signatures in an effort to force a referendum on a marijuana dispensary ban in Los Angeles to take effect next week. A minimum of 27,425 valid signatures from registered voters is needed to let voters decide on the issue in March, and until the number can be verified, the ban will not be enforced. . The ban would not prevent patients or cooperatives of two or three people to grow their own in small amounts. Californians voted to legalize medical cannabis use in 1996, clashing with federal drug laws. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)

    Medical marijuana grower Surterra Wellness has announced that William "Beau" Wrigley Jr. has joined its board of directors as chairman.

    Wrigley was the CEO of the gum and candy business founded by his great-grandfather before he helped lead the sale of his family's business to Mars Inc. in 2008. Since then, the 54-year-old Wrigley has backed other companies as part of a West Palm Beach-based personal investment arm.

    Surterra said in a release that Wrigley helped lead a $65 million investment round for the medical cannabis company, which has 10 dispensary stores in Florida, as well as statewide delivery. Surterra is one of the first five medical marijuana businesses to be licensed in Florida in 2015.

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