Latinos are shaping the growing cannabis industry, as we have covered before, but now a Latino pioneer of the legal cultivation of the leafy flower is in for a landmark fight in court with one of the biggest names in the game. Hip-hop icon and cannabis connoisseur, Wiz Khalifa, along with his business partner and Good Morning America co-host, Michael Strahan, have been hit with a major lawsuit from the former head of their cannabis joint venture, Carlos Arias, over a conspiratorial plot to defraud him.
Arias, one of the cannabis industry’s leading Latino advocates, alleges that the pair engaged in “wrongful conduct concerning the usurpation and misappropriation of assets” regarding Khalifa Kush. He also claims that the rapper and his entourage conspired to unjustly cut him out of the profits of the business, which court documents appear to show was built from the ground up almost entirely by Arias himself. Arias was appointed to run the business as head of the joint venture on behalf of both celebrities and their associates. The case aims to prove Arias was unlawfully forced out of the business only after he grew it from nothing. As a result, Arias is calling Strahan and Khalifa’s partnership a “civil conspiracy” against him.
Per court documents obtained by The Blast, Arias, the director and managing agent for Cuzzi Consulting, Inc, claims he was denied interest from the company’s proceeds—including a cannabis licensing deal with Supreme (which court records indicate was developed by Arias) valued no less than $20,000,000. The lawsuit also claims that Strahan and Khalifa stole more than $100,000,000 in assets by not involving him in the strain’s business dealings.
Wiz Khalifa’s association with cannabis culture is well known, but the man behind his ascension into the top tier of the cannabis industry was Arias, the Cuban-American entrepreneur who was previously known for winning key trademark court battles against none other than President Tr*mp (in the case over the trademark Miss University).
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