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Former Vice executive Ryan Archibald and Ted Chung, a business partner of Snoop Dogg, have joined forces to launch a new global agency specializing in cannabis marketing. The shop, called Gram By Gram, has already inked a significant client–Canopy Growth, a Canadian cannabis firm recently described by Bloomberg News as the world’s most valuable pot company. Archibald, formerly president of Vice Canada, left the company about a year ago after a 14-year career that included establishing Vice’s in-house agency Virtue in Canada. Chung is co-founder of Los Angeles-based multicultural shop Cashmere. He also co-founded Merry Jane, a digital media platform dedicated to cannabis culture, with Snoop Dog. Gram By Gram, whose named is derived from how marijuana quantities are measured, will operate as an “agnostic creative division of Merry Jane,” according to a press release, which bills the shop as “the world’s first global cannabis agency” with offices in Toronto, Los Angeles, Mexico City and London. Gram By Gram expects to have 50 employees hired by the end of the year across its four offices, Archibald said. Services will include advertising, innovation, content development, branding, design, social strategy and experiential, as well as business-to-business services. While cannabis is quickly entering the mainstream–it is now legal for recreational use in 10 U.S. states--pot branding remains in its infancy. But the potential is immense: U.S. consumer spending on legal... Continue reading at 'Advertising Age'

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