As cannabis has become legal in many states, entrepreneurs have poured money into the medical and recreational cannabis industries. Many such entrepreneurs hail from the business world, while others are long-time cannabis enthusiasts, who want to leverage their skills and knowledge.
However, as occurs in almost every other hot industry, a number of celebrities – including those on the A list as well as those further down the celebrity food chain – have invested their own money in cannabis-oriented businesses. Many have also lent their image and likeness to these products, to help increase sales and generate more income.
Some of the leading celebrities involved in the production of cannabis concentrates include the following:
Perhaps nobody else on this list is less surprising than Tommy Chong, one half of the Cheech and Chong duo. Chong has a long relationship with cannabis (understatement of the century), but it took on a new importance for him when he was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. Having successfully gone into remission while using hemp oil, Chong is an important advocate for medical marijuana and produces his own line of pre-rolled cones.
Although best known for her acting and comedic work, Whoopi Goldberg is a tireless cannabis advocate. Though she certainly enjoys recreational use of the substance, she poured herself into the cause (and business) in response to the medicinal benefits offered by the plant. Among other things, she cites her adult granddaughters, who suffered from particularly painful menstrual cramps, as being a large part of the reason she invested in the industry.
You could argue that Snoop Dog has been an uncompensated spokesperson for cannabis products ever since he hit the scene back in the early 1990s, but he is definitely no longer an uncompensated spokesperson anymore. Snoop displayed extraordinary financial nimbleness by getting in on the legal cannabis industry very early on. His company, Leafs by Snoop, currently produces an entire line of cannabis, cannabis concentrates and related paraphernalia.
Former member of Wu-Tang Clan, Ghostface Killah has long been a cannabis enthusiast, but these days, he’s involved with the production of THC-infused vape oils. Ghostface Killah is somewhat new to the commercial cannabis industry, and currently only offers his products in California. However, he’s likely to expand into other states with time.
If you’re familiar with Willie Nelson at all, you probably already know that he is a fervent, life-long cannabis advocate. When not crooning, or playing his country tunes, Willie has released his own cannabis strain. However, Nelson has stated before that he doesn’t have a deep understanding of the botany involved with cannabis; he is more of a financier and figure head for the company.
Of course, the only difference between these entrepreneurs and the rank-and-file financiers of many new cannabis corporations is their high-profile nature (well, that and the buckets of money at their disposal). So, it isn’t as though they should be held above all others. But nevertheless, their familiar faces do help to spur the efforts of the cannabis industry as a whole.
This is intended solely for those with legal access to cannabis and cannabis-derived products. Always follow your local laws and regulations.