Jason Dominic Washington
Jason Dominic Washington (born August 16, 1983) is an African American entrepreneur, a cannabis operations specialist and a licensed real estate agent. He is a former University of Montana quarterback and the founder of Big Sky Health, which was the largest vertically integrated Medical Marijuana operation in the state of Montana at that time.
Washington was born to Charlene Washington and Carl Washington (Late). He has one child, a son named Jaxon.
Washington received his bachelor's degrees in Sociology and Business Administration from the University of Montana. He was the starting quarterback at Long Beach City College and accepted an athletic scholarship to Bowling Green State University in Bowling Green, Ohio. However, he transferred to the University of Montana to play for the Grizzlies.
In 2006, while still a college student, Washington opened the first of three 406 Motoring retail locations.
In 2009, Washington opened medical marijuana dispensaries in Missoula, Hamilton, Butte and Kalispell Montana.
In 2014, Washington was named Director of New Business Development at 7 Corporation.
In 2017, Washington was named Chief Operating Officer at Scarlet Ventures.
In 2018, Washington was named Director of Operations at Green Axis Capital.
In 2019, Washington was named Partner and Vice President of Cannabis Operations at Lasso Ventures.
Washington's Missoula dispensaries, large cultivation facility, Hamilton dispensary, Kalispell dispensary, 406 Motoring Automotive shop in Missoula, accountants office, corporate operations office and two personal residences were simultaneously raided by federal DEA agents on November 16, 2011. Washington was aware that it was illegal to possess marijuana under the federal Controlled Substances Act but operated his business under state-mandated regulations. Federal agents seized above $184,000 from one of the 9 bank accounts associated with Washington and his businesses.
Washington was charged with conspiracy to manufacture and distribute marijuana, possession with intent to distribute and possession of a firearm in furtherance of drug trafficking crime. He was convicted of the two marijuana charges but acquitted of the firearms charge at trial.
Jason Washington was sentenced to prison for 24-months along with 4-years supervised released. Seeking a longer sentence the prosecution appealed the 24-month sentence to the 9th Circuit Court of appeals. District Judge Dana L. Christensen resentenced Washington to a lesser sentence of 21-months. Upon termination of supervised release, Washington returned to work in the cannabis industry. His current cannabis business ventures include mergers and acquisitions with a Canadian investment firm, Green Axis Capital where he served as the Director of Operations.
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