Howard Dean, the former Democratic candidate for president, and Michael Steele, the ex-head of the Republican National Committee are joining the advisory board of Tilray Inc., the Canadian cannabis grower, the company has announced.
Backed by Silicon Valley billionaire Peter Thiel, Tilray was briefly worth more than $28 billion -- valued at more than Twitter or CBS -- in September after it became the first cannabis company to be listed on an American stock exchange. The company made a second splash this year when it was chosen by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency to provide a small amount of marijuana for a study at the University of California, San Diego.
Dean, a former physician, served as governor of Vermont for 12 years before running for president. He later became the head of the Democratic National Committee. Since 2015 he has been affiliated with the the world’s largest law firm, Dentons, as part of its public policy and regulation practice. Steele once served as the lieutenant governor of Maryland and has been openly critical of the current presidential administration.