12/13/2018 13:56 EST | Updated 12/13/2018 13:57 EST

Howard Dean And Michael Steele, Former U.S. Party Chiefs, Join Canadian Cannabis Firm Tilray

Former Canadian foreign affairs minister Lloys Axworthy is also an advisor to the B.C. based bud grower.

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Former Vermont Governor and presidential candidate Howard Dean speaks at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia, Pa., July 26, 2016. Dean is among a number of prominent people who have joined the advisory board of Canadian cannabis firm Tilray.

NANAIMO, B.C. — Pot producer Tilray Inc. has added some political heft to its international advisory board, including former foreign affairs ministers from around the world and former chairmen of the U.S. Democratic and Republican national committees.

The inaugural members announced by the cannabis grower include former Canadian minister of foreign affairs Lloyd Axworthy as well as Australia's former minister Alexander John Gosse Downer and Germany's Joschka Fischer.

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The Nanaimo, B.C.-based company also named former U.S. Democratic Party chairman and former Vermont governor Howard Dean along with Michael Steele, the former head of the U.S. Republican Party and ex Maryland lieutenant governor.

Tilray's chief executive Brendan Kennedy says its international advisory board will guide the company on its rapidly expanding global business.

Earlier on HuffPost Canada:

Many former politicians and political operatives have made a foray into the legal pot industry, with former Canadian prime minister Brian Mulroney recently joining prominent former U.S. politicians on the board of New York-based cannabis company Acreage Holdings.

Meanwhile, the number of countries legalizing pot for medical use continues to grow, with South Korea among the latest to give cannabis the green light.