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Whoopi Goldberg Honored For Launching First Branded, Tested Woman-Owned Cannabis Brand In California

Whoopi Goldberg is being honored. The veteran-actress-turned-television-host has received the Key to West Hollywood! The honor was a result of her commitment to the LGBTQIA+ community and for her work as an entrepreneur, owning the first branded and tested woman-owned cannabis brand in California, Gold Derby reports. Goldberg’s foray into cannabis dates back to 2016. As AFROTECH™ previously reported, she launched Whoopi & Maya alongside co-founder Maya Elisabeth of Om. The company existed to provide medical cannabis to those experiencing menstrual pain, according to CNN. However, that company shut down in 2020 following a string of conflicts. “They wanted to include menstrual cramps in the list of things you can prescribe medical marijuana for but the governor said that will never happen in New Jersey because our doctors only prescribe marijuana for ‘real’ pain,” Goldberg said in an interview with The Cannabist at the time. “The fact that people think of (women’s health) as a niche...

Jul 24, 2024

Bob Marley Family And Premiere Cannabis Brand Jeeter Release 'One-Of-A-Kind Cannabis Line'

Bob Marley’s legacy continues to stand the test of times. According to a news release shared with AFROTECH™, the Bob Marley family is collaborating with premiere cannabis brand Jeeter to launch a limited edition Jeeter x Bob Marley “One Love” Unity Joint. The venture is in alignment with the late singer who often smoked weed for its spiritual and medicinal properties as a Rastafarian, GQ reports. To bring the product to the public, Jeeter and the Marley family took a trip to Nine Mile, Bob’s birthplace located in Jamaica, where the team immersed themselves in the culture and music. Additionally, the Marley family worked closely with Jeeter to assist with the strain and packaging to ensure the final product was authentic to Bob’s legacy. “Jeeter’s work in the cannabis space has been incredible,” expressed Cedella Marley, Bob’s daughter and CEO of Bob Marley Group of Companies. “Cannabis culture and the Marley movement go hand in hand. Jeeter’s deep dive into Jamaican culture has been...

May 24, 2024

Carmelo Anthony Launches A Cannabis Brand That Will Donate A Portion Of Proceeds To A Nonprofit Fighting The War On Drugs

Carmelo Anthony has launched a cannabis brand that will allocate a portion of its profits towards a good cause. Forbes reports the 10-time NBA All-Star player is launching StayMe7o Cannabis under Grand National, a cannabis-focused agency created in partnership with Lowd Cannabis’ CEO and Founder Jesce Horton and Chief Creative Director Brandon Drew Jordan Pierce. Anthony had connected with Horton when he first moved to Portland, OR, through a mutual friend. “We understand what the value proposition is,” Anthony told Forbes . “I grew up on the Grand National car, we just wanted to tap into something that was very timeless, combining the businesses of all three of us and what we bring to the table.” As for his motivation to enter into the cannabis sector, it was a culmination of remaining a student within the industry over several years and firsthand experience for sports recovery purposes. Among his chosen products were tinctures, CBD formulations, and topicals — all tailored to...

Apr 23, 2024

Rapper Xzibit Opens A Marijuana Dispensary After Creating A Podcast To Remove The Stigma In The Cannabis Industry

He made his mark in rap, now Xzibit is looking to do the same in a new industry. The “Get Your Walk On” artist, born Alvin Nathaniel Joiner, will be scaling his interest in the cannabis industry. In 2023, he launched the “Lasagna Ganja” podcast in collaboration with co-host Tammy “The Cannabis Cutie” Pettigrew, CNN reports. The purpose of the podcast was to remove the stigma associated with cannabis use and to educate listeners. When speaking on the overarching goal of stewarding these conversations, he said in an interview on “Beyond the Red Carpet with Ny MaGee,” “I’ve seen the music industry go from millions to a billion-dollar industry. And I’ve also seen cannabis, you know, take on the same journey that maybe alcohol did after prohibition. And the misinformation that can lead us to continue to be left out of things is something that I want to combat. So when I say us, I mean people of color, people who have been incarcerated for cannabis, and now as it turns into this...

Apr 16, 2024

OURS, A Black Women-Led Cannabis Company, Launched An Infused Chocolate Bar With Profits Benefitting Black And Brown Farmers

If you want to go fast, go alone, but if you want to go far, go together. That was the case for these Black women, who teamed up with friends to launch a cannabis company. Chicago Reader reports Grow Greater Englewood Executive Director Anton Seals Jr. was joined by Harvard Law School grad and entrepreneur J.T. Stinnette, the group’s wellness officer Jamaal Kendrick, restaurant owner Chris “Dough” Fryison, and additional silent partners to launch Organic Urban Revitalization Solutions (OURS) in 2019. Their collective aim is to introduce a “culture-driven urban brand” in Illinois, with the overarching goal of enhancing Black and brown communities by setting a higher standard for equity within the cannabis sector, their company website mentions.

Jan 11, 2024

Allen Iverson Brings His 'Iverson '01' Cannabis Strain To Pennsylvania In Partnership With Black-Owned Viola Brands

Former NBA player Allen Iverson plans to disrupt the cannabis industry in Pennsylvania.

Aug 28, 2023

Snoop Dogg Grants Rights To Atlas Global To Use His Name, Likeness To Sell Cannabis Products Internationally

Snoop Dogg has sealed an international exclusive licensing deal for branded cannabis products.

Mar 3, 2023

Al Harrington's Viola Now Offers Edibles, And His Grandma Is The Reason Behind It

The emergence of the holiday season usually means an array of parties, an abundance of shopping, and a lot of seasonal foods and drinks. And when it comes to food, some venture out and try new recipes. However, many people stick to their parents’ and grandparents’ tried-and-true culinary dishes. While the consistency of grandma’s sweet potato pie and deeply brewed sweet tea never misses, former NBA star Al Harrington is putting quite the unique spin on some of his favorites from his grandma that he believes will not disappoint. Harrington enjoyed a long and successful career in the NBA, spending 18 seasons with seven teams. During his time, he averaged 13.5 points and 5.6 rebounds per game. As he approached the final years of his basketball career, Harrington entered an industry many may not have thought of for him. However, inspiration from a loved one sparked his entrepreneurial pursuits. Harrington had a close relationship with his grandmother Viola. She had long suffered from...

Dec 8, 2022

Diddy Enters $185M Deal That's Set To Create The Nation's Largest Black-Owned Cannabis Company

Sean “Diddy” Combs plans to break down barriers as he makes his debut into the cannabis space.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by LOVE (@diddy)

Nov 4, 2022

Star Buds Becomes First Predominantly Black-Owned Licensed Cannabis Company To Open Shop In Illinois

Illinois has welcomed its first licensed predominantly Black-owned cannabis business thanks to the helping hand of a disrupter in the space. Star Buds, a weed company based in Colorado, partnered with SB IL Grow LLC to help them get their feet wet in Illinois.

Oct 6, 2022

How Using Cannabis To Fill The Shoes Of His 'P. Valley' Character Led J. Alphonse Nicholson To Take On The Industry With Ball Family Farms

J. Alphonse Nicholson is gaining momentum in the limelight thanks to his breakout role as “Lil Murda” on Starz hit series “P-Valley.” Now, he is taking advantage of his growing popularity by shining a light on the growing sector of cannabis through the launch of his own cannabis strain in partnership with Black-owned Ball Family Farms.

Sep 13, 2022

Mike Tyson's Tyson 2.0 Cannabis Company Announces The Launch Of The Ric Flair Drip Cannabis Line

In more cannabis news, Mike Tyson will be dropping a new line in partnership with Verano Holdings Corp. The multi-state cannabis company joins Tyson 2.0 to launch the cannabis offering Ric Flair Drip. “WOOOOO! I’m so thrilled to bring Ric Flair Drip Cannabis products to TYSON 2.0 fans. Now, more people can get into the Ric Flair state of mind– limousine riding, jet-flying, good vibes only,” said Flair, according to a press release. “I discovered the benefits of cannabis later in life and was overwhelmed by how much it has helped elevate the mind and heal the body. Alongside TYSON 2.0, I am committed to sharing these amazing benefits with as many consumers as possible.”

Aug 22, 2022