Former senator to lead marijuana company
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A former Democratic senator will take the reins of a company that makes marijuana products for recreational and health purposes.

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Cannabis Sativa Inc., this week announced that 84-year-old former Alaska Sen. Mike Gravel will head its subsidiary, Kush, which develops and markets cannabis products including “Kubby” a marijuana-based throat lozenge.

Gravel ran for president in 2008 and between 1969 and 1981, served in the U.S. Senate, where he was a vocal critic of the war on drugs.

"We need to decriminalize drugs and treat them as a health problem," Gravel told Reuters on Wednesday. "You should go see a doctor on the subject, not a sheriff, a police officer or a warden."

The Democratic, then Libertarian, presidential contender served on the Cannabis Sativa Inc. board of directors for nine months before his new appointment.

Gravel's new position was announced shortly after his native state, Alaska, and Oregon voted to legalize recreational marijuana use — following the lead of Colorado and Washington state.

Gravel told Reuters that he wants to work with potential cannabis retailers in which Kush’s products can be sold.

Cannabis Sativa in July announced that former New Mexico Gov. Gary Johnson, the 2012 Libertarian Party presidential nominee, was hired as its president and chief executive.