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Ebola.com Sells For $200K To Weed-Affiliated Russian Company


10.24.14 Prachi Gupta

Jon Schultz, the eccentric businessman who has literally profited off of disease-related hysteria, has sold Ebola.com for a whopping $200,000. And, as Time reports the story, the buyer is every bit as bizarre as the seller.

According to DomainInvesting.com, Russian company the Weed Growth Fund purchased the domain name from Schutlz’s Blue String Ventures for $50,000 and 19,192 shares of Nevada-based recreational and medical weed company Cannabis Sativa (the shares value at around $164,000).

What’s the connection between weed and Ebola? A libertarian, apparently. Here, let Time explain it to you:

Why would a marijuana company want to own the URL Ebola.com? Elliot Silver, DomainInvesting.com’s publisher, asked Blue String Ventures founder Jon Schultz this very question. And while Schultz replied that he did not know why Weed Growth Fund wanted the domain, he did send Silver to this Marijuana.com article in which Cannabis Sativa CEO Gary Johnson (the former two-term New Mexico governor and Libertarian Party presidential candidate!) claims that marijuana can be used to treat Ebola. (You can see him do it in this Fox Business interview.) Cannabis Sativa also did not respond to requests for comment.

The moral of this story here is that get rich quick schemes pay off when they involve pot and mass hysteria.

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