North Korea and cannabis have a tangled - and, frankly, bizarre - history. There's the persistent urban legend that says marijuana grows everywhere and is perfectly legal (this is emphatically not true). Then, earlier this year, Rep. Brad Sherman warned (via Twitter) that North Korea could smuggle a nuke into the U.S. inside a bale of weed (again, not true). But the latest meeting of marijuana and the DPRK might be the strangest yet. You see, NBA legend Dennis Rodman is returning to North Korea - with a little help.
So what is Potcoin, exactly? Their official website lays it out:
PotCoin was designed to empower, secure and facilitate the legal cannabis community’s transactions by creating a unique crypto currency for this thriving industry. PotCoin removes the need for cash transactions and encourages buying through consumer incentives. PotCoin as a digital currency is an alternative payment network for cannabis users, merchants and industry professionals. The PotCoin network allows cannabis enthusiasts to interact, transact, communicate and grow together.
Think of it as Bitcoin for the cannabis industry - an industry whose struggles with banking have been well-documented. What this all has to do with North Korea remains to be seen. But Rodman insists that he hopes to "do something pretty positive."
Guess we'll just have to wait and see.
h/t VICE News