Many artists and celebrities have long embraced cannabis as a part of their daily lives. As mainstream acceptance grows worldwide, some are taking advantage of their celebrity status to promote positive change for marijuana movement, both recreationally and medically. Many too are investing in the industry, opening dispensaries, launching their own lines of products and buds.
1. Snoop Dogg
Of course, he’s on this list as he just released a new lineup of cannabis products adorned in super swanky packaging. With gift boxes that look more like they belong in an artisanal boutique rather than at a dispensary, Leafs by Snoop was masterfully crafted by design firm Pentagram and reflects the chic makeover that cannabis is receiving by the mainstream media.
Snoop is one of the first to release his own line of actual cannabis products (flower, edibles, and concentrates) but with marijuana on the up-and-up, more celebrities are racing to debut their products as well. All his products are available exclusively for purchase at LivWell dispensaries and retail locations in Colorado.
2. Tommy Chong
Half of the ultimate stoner duo Cheech & Chong, Tommy Chong is no stranger to the green goddess. He’s made a career out of his signature crescent-eyed goofy grin, but make no mistake, medical marijuana is dear to Tommy’s heart. While suffering from cancer in 2012, he underwent a number of treatments, including a strict regimen of hemp oil. Within a year, he was in remission and a sure believer in the healing powers of cannabis.
Chong has released his own line of pre-rolled cones (complete with a tiny Tommy Chong face smiling at you) and a signature strain called Chong Star, but a fan favorite will always be the Chong Bongs of yesteryear, sold long before they were legal.
3. Ghostface Killah
The Wu-Tang Clan rapper took a decade-long tolerance break from cannabis during a dark time in his life, but he’s returned to using cannabis, this time putting the endless stream of blunts aside. His new line, Ghostface Killah’s Wu-Goo, is sold exclusively in THC-laden vape cartridges released through Dynamite Stix. The products are currently only available in California, but Ghostface is looking to expand into multiple markets.
4. Wiz Khalifa
The creator of the renowned Khalifa Kush is not just a huge fan of cannabis, he gets free product from his signature line on the regular. Wiz Khalifa admits that growing up in Pittsburgh, marijuana was everywhere, but he’s only recently discovered the nuanced culture behind it. His line is available for purchase at various dispensaries and retail shops, but he also partnered with RAW Rolling Papers to create his own line of rolling accessories “based on mutual respect for each other’s work.”
5. Melissa Etheridge
During her battle with breast cancer, she fought her chemotherapy side effects with cannabis, concluding “This is crazy, how does anybody go through this without cannabis?”
After emerging from her battle cancer-free, Etheridge threw herself into a whole new entrepreneurial venture: infusing wine with cannabis. Her new line of Private Reserve Cannabis Infused Wine Tincture is available exclusively in California dispensaries.
6. Bob Marley
Although Robert Nesta Marley is no longer among the living, we believe that he would be proud to know that his legacy in music and his passion for legalization lives on. Marley Natural will be releasing a line of infused lotions and classic cannabis strains, all with the blessing of the Marley family and with roots firmly in the Jamaican culture. No one believed in legalizing cannabis more than Bob Marley, and we’re closer than ever to seeing that dream come to fruition.
7. Willie Nelson
The Red-Haired Stranger is releasing his own line of cannabis strains, dubbed “Willie’s Reserve,” which will be available in select shops. He’s also discussed the possibility of opening his own recreational marijuana shop in states where it is permitted.
The funniest part of Willie creating his own line of exclusive strains is the recent revelation that, despite decades of regular cannabis use and practically being the poster boy for marijuana, when it comes right down to it, Willie doesn’t actually know all that much about the plant. In a recent interview, he mixed up indica and sativa, although he didn’t seem to care too much, noting that, “The way I look at it is: I’m either high or I’m not.“high or I’m not.“
8. Montell Williams
Former talk show host Montel Williams lent his star power to the grand opening of a high-end medical marijuana dispensary in Sacramento, California, that aims to “set a new standard” for patients who choose to use cannabis. Montell is a medical marijuana advocate and entrepreneur and activist. The former daytime TV talk-show host suffers from MS. He’s a co-founder of Abatin Wellness Cooperative, a dispensary in Sacramento, California. Abatin also won a contract to grow cannabis in Washington, DC.
9. Woody Harrelson
Now the two-time Academy Award nominee plans to open his own marijuana dispensary in Hawaii. Harrelson applied for a medical marijuana license under the company name Simple Organic Living. He’s one of 60 people applying for a license to sell to the thousands of patients in the state. Only eight of the applicants will be selected.
=10. Barack Obama & Justin Trudeau
These two cats are making a name in politics regarding the legalization of marijuana nationally in their respective countries. That may in fact trump (pun intended) everyone else on this list for their level of “coolness”.
President Barack Obama
Obama leaves the White House on Jan. 20, 2017. But before then, he could make history with an executive order on cannabis, and many in the industry have their fingers crossed that he’ll choose to do so.
The young, attractive Trudeau, who unabashedly vowed on the campaign trail to legalize marijuana in Canada if elected, will look to follow through on his promise, and much of the groundwork will be laid this year.
Marijuana activists, industry insiders and present and future entrepreneurs heralded Trudeau’s election as the dawn of a new era for cannabis businesses in Canada, and it could lead to billions of dollars in revenue. Legalization could spawn scores of new business opportunities – not just for Canadians, but also for American companies looking to expand internationally.
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