Ghost Group and Peter BoylesGhost Group is a venture capital firm based in Newport Beach, California. It focuses on developing consumer and enterprise businesses in the legal marijuana industry.Contents 1 Overview 2 Developments in marijuana legalization 3 Founders 4 References 5 External linksOverviewThe firm was founded in 2012 by Justin Hartfield (co-founder of WeedMaps) and Doug Francis.Ghost Group targets accredited businesses and investors that are either already involved or have shown interest in becoming involved in the marijuana industry.In June 2013 the firm announced the launch of Emerald Ocean Capital fund. The fund’s purpose is to acquire and invest in businesses in the legal cannabis and medical marijuana industry. Company CEO Justin Hartfield has emphasized that the recreational marijuana market in particular has the most opportunities for the capital fund to get involved.The market of consumer-facing products, especially software and technologies, will be the focus of Emerald Ocean. After announcing the launch of the fund, Emerald Ocean expressed intentions of raising 10 to 25 million dollars in its first round.Additionally, the capital fund will function as a venture capital incubator, with an 8,000 square foot office facility in Denver, Colorado for select startups.Ghost Group concurrently announced the launch of Ghost Domain Capital, an investor in category killer Internet domains. Developments in marijuana legalizationBoth Emerald Ocean Capital and Ghost Domain Capital were launched after a Pew Research Center study found that more than 50% of Americans approve the legalization of marijuana for recreational use.In 2005 a United Nations study reported global marijuana sales generate 142 billion dollars.Justin Hartfield resides on the boards of both the NORML and the Marijuana Policy Project’s Boards of Directors. He contributed over $100,000 to the Measure F campaign, which advocates for an open market system for marijuana sales. FoundersJustin Hartfield founded WeedMaps in 2008, while working for an SEO consultation business. The site provides an app that allows medical marijuana users to rate and find marijuana dispensaries. Hartfield currently serves as CEO of the company.Doug Francis is a board member for WeedMaps and a founder of marketing firm Bonfire.com. He served as president of LC Luxuries from 2010 to 2012.
Peter Boyles and Ghost GroupPeter Boyles (born October 17, 1943) is a radio talk show personality. He had a long-running morning drive-time talk show in Denver, Colorado on 630 KHOW, until May 2013. He now hosts a morning talk show on AM 710 KNUS.Contents 1 Talk shows 1.1 KNUS 2 References 3 External linksTalk showsBoyles' morning show on KHOW was reported in 2010 to be Denver's number one-rated morning radio show, and again in 2011.Boyles received national attention in 1997 by his investigation and nearly constant talk about the death of JonBenét Ramsey. In August 2006 he received intense criticism for his belief that John Mark Karr was not involved in the murder of JonBenet Ramsey. Boyles was vindicated when "the most expensive DNA test in Colorado history" exonerated Karr.In February 2009, Boyles sparked controversy in Colorado for repeatedly referring to Democratic U.S. Rep. Diana DeGette of Denver as "Vagina DeGette" / "Vagina DeJet" while on air.In May 2013 Boyles was suspended from the show after a heated exchange with the show's longtime producer Greg Hollenback. Witnesses reported that Boyles yanked Hollenback's lanyard, which left red marks on Hollenback's neck.A Colorado Observer editorial expressed that "Boyles is an important figure in our local media and, short of some new and terrible development that no one is reporting, Boyles should keep his job." On 3 June 2013, it was reported that Boyles had been fired. KNUSSalem Communications hired Boyles as its new morning host on News/Talk 710 KNUS as of Monday, July 1 for a 6AM-9AM time slot. When Boyles did not appear, there was speculation that his old employer KHOW had blocked his debut due to a non-compete contract clause. On July 3, 2013 at 6:00am, Boyles' show aired for the first time on 710 KNUS. Beginning January 6, 2014, Boyles' show was extended by one hour, starting at 5:00am and running until 9:00am.KNUS had previously had weak audience ratings for its morning shows, especially compared to KHOW. But in his first month at KNUS, Boyles beat his former employer KHOW in audience ratings for the morning slot.Boyles' past shows are available as podcasts on the KNUS Podcast Platform
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