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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

This Black Farmer Is Behind The First Business To Receive A Medical Marijuana License From State Of Florida

Terry Donnell Gwinn can celebrate becoming the first business to be licensed as a medical marijuana operator in Florida — and it’s long overdue.

Sep 28, 2022

How Wiz Khalifa Turned His 'Kush & Orange Juice' Lifestyle Into A Business And Built A $60M Net Worth

The man born Cameron Jibril Thomaz in North Dakota — who would ultimately call Pittsburgh home — exploded onto the Hip-Hop scene back in 2010 with the song “Black and Yellow.” And while Wiz Khalifa would have other success with some subsequent songs — including the super-smash “See You Again” with Charlie Puth, from the “Fast 7” soundtrack — his real success came with businesses outside of music. Perhaps unsurprisingly, the 420-friendly Wiz Khalifa got into various canna-businesses. But that doesn’t mean the rapper is completely out of the music business. He co-founded Taylor Gang Entertainment with his longtime manager and friend, Will Dzombak, and the label is home to successful artists like Ty Dolla $ign. As Khalifa told Forbes back in 2017, it was important for him to keep his hands in the music business despite diversifying his other businesses. “At the end of the day, everything I do business-wise is part of my real-life anyway,” he said . “I still wanna create, and I still...

Jay-Z to Premiere New Digital Video Series 'High Tales' For Cannabis Brand Monogram

A surprise to no one, the launch of Jay-Z’s debut cannabis line Monogram was pretty flawless—polished packaging, an alluring rollout, and satisfied customers . To further promote his new foray in the marijuana business, the multi-hyphenate mogul is set to launch “High Tales,” a digital video series featuring Jadakiss, N.O.R.E., 2 Chainz, The-Dream, and more. The new series will illuminate memorable stories about artists’ experiences with cannabis. From humorous narratives to unexpected, thrilling anecdotes, each personality will illustrate how weed not only brings people together but also aids in the creation of impactful music, art, and creativity. “Weed breaks the tension in any room,” Jada says in the teaser. “Without no good weed, the song might be garbage. That shows you the power of the cannabis.” Jada is up first for episode one, where he’ll detail his first time smoking with Snoop Dogg. In addition, future episodes will center on N.O.R.E., 2 Chainz, and The-Dream, but the...

Jan 7, 2021

Cannabis Business Booming Amid Coronavirus Pandemic

Coronavirus has the whole country on edge. While many Americans are busy stocking up on toilet paper and other household products, others are stocking up on marijuana. To help ease their minds during this chaotic time, Americans are turning to CBD and THC products to relieve their stress. According to the Hollywood Reporter , in the last couple of days, cannabis businesses in Los Angeles and New York have seen a huge surge in sales. The anxiety of growing COVID-19 cases across the globe is sending people into a panic. “People are in scarcity mode. The streets are emptier, but specific businesses like grocery stores and dispensaries are seeing more people than usual — and people are stocking up and purchasing in bulk,” Steve Lilak, the head of sales for California cannabis company NUG , said. For cannabis company Caliva , where rapper Jay-Z serves as the Chief Brand Strategist, they’ve reportedly seen double-digit growth for the month of March. “We have seen an increase in our...

Mar 16, 2020

Google Has Banned Weed Delivery Apps From Its Play Store

You can order just about anything through apps on your phone — including weed. Now, Google is changing its policies to stop that from happening. The change can be found in the company’s updated Google Play policies . “We don’t allow apps that facilitate the sale of marijuana or marijuana products, regardless of legality,” the new rule states. It seems Google won’t be making any exceptions, even for places where weed is legal. Some “common violations” that Google identifies include letting people order marijuana through an in-app shopping cart feature, arranging the delivery or pick up of marijuana, and selling products with THC. A spokesperson told Gizmodo that apps have 30 days after launching to comply with the new policy. If violated, Google will only require the removal of the in-app shopping cart feature. It’s not clear just how strict Google plans to be about these rules or why the change even came about. The company has been on a mission to make the Google Play store more...

May 31, 2019

Oakland's First Equity Cannabis Dispensary Opens Its Doors

Last year, the city of Oakland launched its equity permit program, an opportunity for longtime residents and city natives convicted of marijuana-related crimes to take advantage of the booming cannabis industry. Alphonso T. Blunt Jr. and Brittany Moore are some of the first beneficiaries of the program.  The two founders recently launched Blunts + Moore, the city’s first equity marijuana dispensary. In 2015, Black people made up 77 percent of cannabis-related arrests,  despite being just one-third of the city’s population. This compares to just 4 percent of white people. “Oakland means a lot to me,” Blunt, a longtime Oakland resident, told the East Bay Express . “I’m hoping to help bring change to the city.” To be eligible for the equity program applicants must have a cannabis conviction in the last 22 years or 10-year residency in a neighborhood with disproportionate cannabis arrests and an income of 80 percent or less than the city’s average. The program passed in 2016 with a...

Dec 26, 2018

Coca-Cola Could Be Entering The Cannabis Industry

Coca-Cola may be eyeing the marijuana industry, specifically drinks infused with CBD — the non-psychoactive ingredient in cannabis. The company is currently in talks with Aurora Cannabis, a Canadian marijuana producer, to develop the drinks, according to BNN Bloomberg TV . Aurora’s CEO Terry Booth said the company has spoken to at least three other beverage companies about making cannabis-infused drinks. Aurora’s stock jumped up to 23 percent on Monday, leveling off at $8. Other drink companies are also looking into investing in cannabis drinks. Constellation Brands Inc., the maker of Corona beers,  announced that it is investing an additional $3.8 billion into Canadian cannabis producer Canopy Growth Corp, according to CNBC. Marijuana is still illegal on a federal level. According to the Pew Research Center, nearly 60 percent of Americans support the legalization of marijuana, but black Americans are more likely to feel its consequences. The American Civil Liberties Union said that...

Sep 19, 2018