Oct 2, 2016 9:20 AM

Seven Celebrities Who Got Financially High in Colorado

Since marijuana received legal status in Colorado, this state has become attractive not only for common cannabis users but also for those who want to start their own business associated with pot. They say, some people, including the celebrities, even moved to Colorado only because of this reason.

Indeed, those days when even mentioning cannabis could cost some celebrities their career, are already in the past. Today, there are many famous people who are not ashamed to confirm that they consume marijuana for medical or recreational purposes. And some of them even put their names on cannabis products launching their own pot businesses.

The list of celebrities who are eager to be associated with cannabis is growing. Last year, the marijuana industry in Colorado brought $996 million to the state, so you can expect the local market to be welcoming for those who want to risk and join the cannabis revolution.

So, who are those celebrities that are heading the cannabis movement in the state? Here you will find seven of them.

1. Snoop Dogg

This name is probably the first one that pops up in your mind when you think of cannabis. In November 2015, Snoop Dogg launched a whole new line of cannabis products named “Leafs by Snoop” collaborating with LivWell dispensaries.

According to The Cannabist, selling his own line of marijuana flowers and cannabis products made the rapper one of the most successful businessmen in the state and increased his popularity even more.

The business began its profitable run in Colorado's dispensaries LivWell, which grow flowers, manufacture edibles and concentrates, and sell them all around the state. Among “Leafs by Snoop” products, you can find indica and sativa flowers (1/8 oz, ¼ oz, and 1 oz), homemade chocolate bars, Northern Lights and Cali Kush wax, shatter, drops, fruit-flavored gummies, and more.

2. Merle Haggard

Merle Haggard, one of the most moving singers in the country genre, died this April at 79 years old, right on his birthday. He was famous as a regular cannabis user and had been advocating for medical cannabis ever since he had begun his battle with cancer in 2008. Even after he had a serious operation on his lungs, he kept on saying that marijuana was the thing he missed the most. Haggard was collaborating with Colorado Weed Co, and now, after his death, his daughter and his son-in-law are running the partnership in her father's stead.

In August 2016, Merle Haggard's cannabis strains came to market. The line got the name “Merle's Girls,” and it contains Merle's favorite strains―sativa Blue Dream and landrace Acapulco Gold.

3. Willie Nelson

In April 2016, an American musician, singer-songwriter, and pot activist Willie Nelson announced that he wanted to launch his new company, Willie's Reserve. Nelson had been advocating for cannabis for a long time, and this line of strains was supposed to be “reflective of his passion.”

The line was launched in summer in the dispensaries of Colorado and Washington. As it states on his website, the line “pays tribute to a tradition of sharing, caring and toking.” You can order flowers (up to 1 gram per package), pre-made rolls, vape cartridges, and vape pens. All herb flowers are grown on the local farms in Washington and Colorado.

In one of his interviews, Nelson said that marijuana had been a positive thing in his life for quite long, and eventually he replaced cigarettes and alcohol with smoking pot. However, last year, Nelson revealed that he did not know the difference between indica and sativa. Yes, even though Nelson is one of the most famous tokers in the country, for him weed can be categorized very simply―“I am either high or I am not.”

4. Wiz Khalifa

Pretty much at the same time, April 2016, a multi-platinum selling rap singer Wiz Khalifa also launched his marijuana product line in Colorado. It became a mutual project with RiverRock Cannabis, which offers exclusive flowers, various infused products, and concentrates.

As the rapper said in several interviews, marijuana had always been beside him as he grew up in Pittsburgh where cannabis was simply everywhere. However, it was only recently that he discovered all the nuances of its medical properties and the whole culture behind the herb.

You may already know the strain that was designed specially for the singer, Khalifa Kush (also known as Wiz Khalifa OG), which has been available for a long time. In 2014, Wiz Khalifa also launched a branded exclusive line of rolling papers and all kinds of cannabis accessories in a partnership “based on mutual respect for each other’s work” together with RAW Rolling Papers.

Wiz Khalifa is known to be a great pot activist. He openly and continuously expresses hope he can “end cannabis prohibition nationwide.”

The launching of the new line was on 4/20, and since then, you have been able to find all the products in Colorado's dispensaries or on the website. However, the products are not identical everywhere, as due to the differences in state law, for instance, Cookie Co.415 may contain either original cannabis strain clones or specially recreated plants from a “phenotype of OG Kush.”

5. Tommy Chong

Half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, Tommy Chong, is widely famous among stoners for his cannabis strains line Chong's Choice. Unlike Snoop Dog and Wiz Khalifa's well-designed products, Chong's packaging for flowers is very modest. He decided to focus on the quality of the bud instead, so if you want to get some, the budtender will simply weigh some weed for you and sell it on site.

Back in 2012, Chong was suffering from cancer, and the fact that just in a year he was already in remission was possible only due to the healing power of medical cannabis, the actor believes. This encouraged him to start his own line of high-quality marijuana-infused breath drops, pre-rolls, flowers, vape cartridges, concentrates, and CBD products that are now available in Colorado. All the products are labeled with Chong's smiling face, so you will not confuse it with any others.

6. Damian Marley

It is difficult to imagine some other celebrity that would support weed legalization more than Bob Marley. Now, long after he passed away, his son Damian Marley is running the family business. Marley Natural, in partnership with TruCannabis, offers a line of infused lotions, different cannabis strains, and beautiful wooden smoke accessories.

7. Bethenny Frankel

Eager to provide “a guilt-free experience” for everyone, Bethenny Frankel is going to present a line of Skinnygirl marijuana that will be totally munchie-free. She announced this decision after visiting a dispensary in Aspen, Colorado.

The idea is, of course, to create strains that would let you remain skinny, which fits perfectly into Frankel's whole Skinnygirl empire.

The strains are not on the market yet, but we think they will be an immediate success once they are. Frankel's pot line will reportedly be available in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington.

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