Investors with close ties to a company run by a former New Mexico governor that promotes legalized marijuana have acquired the URL Ebola.com for more than $200,000, the International Business Times has learned. The group plans to launch a site dedicated to news and information about the dreaded virus in about two weeks.
“It’s going to be like a Drudge Report for Ebola,” Eric Miller, CEO of Weed Growth Fund Inc., said in an interview. “It will bring all the information about Ebola together in once place.”
The site will also carry advertising “at standard CPMs" (cost per mille, or thousand, impressions), said Miller, an investment broker and former vice president of Millionaire Magazine.
Ebola.com currently features some bare-bones information about the virus.
A Securities and Exchange Commission filing shows that Weed Growth Fund, of Scottsdale, Arizona, acquired the rights to Ebola.com from Blue String Ventures Inc. on Monday. The sale price was $50,000, plus 19,192 shares of Cannabis Sativa Inc., in which Weed Growth Fund is a majority investor. That works out to roughly $214,000 in total, based on the current share price of Cannabis Sativa (OTCBb:CBDS) of $8.55.
Miller said that’s a fair price to pay for the Ebola.com URL given the worldwide interest in the virus.
According to its website, Cannabis Sativa “has global ambitions. We believe cannabis is destined to become the next gold rush and we’re prepared to shape its future in a legal environment.” Cannabis Sativa’s CEO is Gary Johnson, who was the Republican governor of New Mexico from 1995 to 2003. He also was the Libertarian Party candidate for president in 2012.
The 2014 Ebola outbreak has to date claimed about 4,500 lives, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention in Atlanta. There has been one death in the U.S. Thomas Eric Duncan passed away after traveling from Liberia to Dallas. Two nurses who treated Duncan were infected and are receiving treatment.
Asked if the investment would still be worth it if the outbreak is eventually contained, Miller said, “That’s the best thing that could happen.”