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Richard Wershe Jr., known as “White Boy Rick,” was sentenced to prison back in 1987 at age 17 for possessing cocaine. He was previously an informant who the FBI was using infiltrate drug gangs, so the arrest was controversial.

Now, Wershe is out of prison, released for good behavior, and he’s entering the cannabis industry.

His new brand is called “The 8th,” he tells the Detroit Metro Times. It’s a reference to pot and the Eighth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.

“I had run into people in prison that were doing life sentences for marijuana, and now it’s legal,” Wershe says in an interview with the Metro Times. “So doesn’t that tell you how crazy our drug laws are?”

A portion of the proceeds from the business will go to help release prisoners wrongfully or excessively imprisoned for drug offenses, according to the publication.

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