More than a year after his release from prison, Richard Wershe Jr., formerly known as “White Boy Rick”, is launching a brand of cannabis.
By teaming up with Michigan-based company Pleasantrees, Wershe is launching a brand of cannabis called “The 8th” – named to refer to the 8th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, which prohibits the government from imposing excessive bail, excessive fines. or cruel and unusual punishments for accused criminals.
Wershe served 32 years in prison for drug offenses. Locked up at 17, he is the oldest non-violent juvenile delinquent in Michigan history.
The man was first sentenced to life in prison, but was instead granted parole in 2017. He was released in July 2020.
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At 14, Wershe became the youngest FBI informant and helped bring down some of Detroit’s biggest drug dealers. But then he became a drug dealer himself and ended up in prison for three decades.
A year after his release, Wershe filed a lawsuit against the FBI and Detroit Police – those responsible for his imprisonment – accusing them of child abuse. The $ 100 million lawsuit claims Wershe was forced to help police as an unsuspecting teenager.
“Having worked undercover for the FBI and Detroit Police from his childhood at the age of 14, Wershe is the youngest FBI informant in this history of this nation,” read a statement from attorneys representing Wershe at Ayad Law, PLLC. “The government used Wershe when he was a kid aged 14 to 16, putting him among gangsters, killers, drug dealers and plunging him into the world of drug dealing, then they all turned on him. to cover up the illegal and embarrassing nature of their conduct. . “
The 8th kicks off this weekend with branded flower and apparel products, which will be sold in-store at Pleasantrees outlets. Wershe and Pleasantrees “will devote a substantial portion of sales proceeds to the release of drug addicted offenders who are wrongly or excessively imprisoned,” a press release said.
The brand’s slogan is “Time is money”.
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