You’ve just taken over a company that is in crazy freefall, further compounded by Coronavirus.

What do you do? Run for office in Utah.

Dope and Culture magazines are no longer in print, High Times is heading that way but obviously there’s enough money in the bank to buy some really crazy weed and imagine how everything’s going to be better with some political influence.

The  nascent cannabis industry is just not listening to the cultural warnings resulting from COVID-19 and it’s going to bite a few people very hard a few months down the line.

Stormy Simon, the CEO of Hightimes Holding Corp. and former President of, has announced she is running to represent Utah’s 21st District in the state House of Representatives.

Simon unveiled her plan during an appearance on the TRICHOMES Podcast aired on Friday, saying she decided to run for office after the governor, lawmakers, and Mormon Church colluded in late 2018 to override voters on the issue of medical cannabis. Ultimately, officials gutted the state’s voter-approved initiative to legalize medical cannabis by slashing the number of allowed dispensaries, removing many of the program’s qualifying conditions, and stripping away access to most edible products.

“They took the people’s vote and they changed it, and that bothered me. That is really what triggered me to say, ‘I don’t think that’s okay.’” — Stormy Simon, via the TRICHOMES Podcast

Simon rises to challenge incumbent Rep. Douglas Sagers, a Republican who has held the seat since 2011. She is running as a Democrat but spent much of her life as a registered Republican and then Libertarian — primarily due to her beliefs on fiscal matters, she said.

“I call myself a Democrat in Utah and a Republican in California,” Simon said. “The parties don’t understand that but I don’t understand choosing one party. It really is based on the state you are in, and it varies greatly.”

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High Times CEO Announces Run for Utah State Rep.