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High Times Fires Seattle DOPE Magazine Employees

On Wednesday, October 30, the majority of DOPE Magazine’s editorial team in Seattle was laid off by parent company High Times, according to an anonymous tip received by Ganjapreneur. In what was described as a surprise move, 11 employees were fired in a complete restructuring of DOPE’s Seattle headquarters.

When asked about the layoffs, High Times CEO Kraig Fox confirmed in a written statement that the Seattle office had been shuttered, stating, “As we move the combined company forward, we made a strategic decision to shut down the Seattle office and consolidate all content creation out of our Los Angeles headquarters.” Fox also said that “A number of employees have accepted positions in our Los Angeles headquarters.”

According to the tip received by Ganjapreneur, only three individuals were offered positions in Los Angeles, and the recent lay-offs had been preceded by over a dozen employees being let go since High Times acquired DOPE in September 2018.

In separate announcements at the time, both entities expressed hopes for a collaborative future in which the DOPE brand maintained its core voice and style. The $11.2 million purchase of the Seattle-based B2C monthly cannabis magazine was the last in a flurry of B2C event production and media purchases by High Times’ corporate entity, High Times Holding Corp, which was established in 2016 when a group of investors acquired a majority stake in the business.

To Read The Rest Of This Article By Cara Weitstock on Ganjapreneur

Published: November 07, 2019

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