Method Man Prioritizes Working With Minorities As He Ventures Into The Cannabis Industry
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Method Man Prioritizes Working With Minorities As He Ventures Into The Cannabis Industry

Method Man is now a businessman in the pot industry.

According to Westword, the legendary Wu-Tang rapper and actor has launched a new cannabis line called TICAL, which is named after his first solo album. In collaboration with Boulder marijuana grower Vera, TICAL will begin a limited release of products to Denver dispensaries beginning on Aug. 13, and the line includes various strains of popular marijuana plants. The first strains include Sweet Grease, Free Mac and Orange Cookie Kush which will make their debut at Simply Pure and WolfPac Cannabis stores.

“I’m absolutely thrilled at the prospect of bringing TICAL to Colorado’s mature and sophisticated adult-use market,” Method Man says in a statement to the outlet announcing the launch. “Our team has worked long and hard to bring the same energy, creativity, and equity to this brand that I have to everything I have done throughout my career.”

Additionally, TICAL took the extra step to partner with Simply Pure and WolfPac, two minority-owned dispensaries in Denver, for the upcoming soft launch. The rapper made clear that his cannabis brand will partner with Black dispensaries, women-owned dispensaries, and other “disadvantaged” dispensaries to assist with their business goals.

“I’m particularly excited about TICAL’s focus and leadership in the cannabis space in working with Black, women, and minority-owned partners from cultivation to dispensaries. We are going to lead by example and ensure that this newly created market is as inclusive as possible,” he said. “We can’t right all the wrongs that disparate criminalization of cannabis has done to our communities, but we most certainly can make a down payment on the way forward with social equity, inclusion, and full economic participation.”

Method Man is just the latest mainstream rapper to join the cannabis world. Other rappers who have gotten into the business of legal pot include Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, 2 Chainz, B-Real, and Smoke DZA.