At the age of 17, Rick Wershe Jr. was sentenced to prison for cocaine possession after having been used by the FBI as an informant since he was a boy of 14.
Known as White Boy Rick, Wershe, now 52, was released in July 2020 for good behavior after serving 33 years in federal prison under Michigan's 650-Lifer Law. Exactly a year later, he sued the FBI and Detroit Police for $100 million for having recruited him at such a young and impressionable age.
And now he’s getting into the cannabis industry. His home state of Michigan is just the place to be.
Wershe will call his company “The 8th,” a double entendre, he told Detroit Metro Times.
The name refers to a standard measurement for cannabis, but also to the Eighth Amendment of the Constitution that prohibits “cruel and unusual punishment,” which Wershe apparently feels that he and many other drug prisoners were and still are subjected to.
“I had run into people in prison that were doing life sentences for marijuana, and now it’s …