Rap Icons Method Man And Redman Developing Cannabis Brand
Redman And Method Man
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Redman, an American rapper made famous by the Def Jam label in the early 90s, and known around the world for his collaborations with Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan, 2Pac, and Eminem, among others, has been a long time advocate of marijuana. He first made the cover of iconic cannabis magazine High Times in 1993, and has since collaborated with them in numerous occasions.
An outspoken cannabis consumer, Redman has made a lifestyle out of weed. Over the years, he’s released numerous songs about the herb, worked on pot-themed movie scores – including How High, launched a 420-themed clothing line, and even invested in a cannabis-related app.
As part of his continued activism for the cannabis community, Redman recently participated in Cannaramic, an online summit that featured more than 25 cannabis experts including Dr. Raphael Mechoulam, NORML’s David C. Holland, former NHL players Ryan VandenBussche and Riley Cote, U.S. Army veteran José Belén, UFC champion Frank “The Legend” Shamrock, investor Jeff Siegel, and chef Dee Russell. The summit finished recently, but people can subscribe on the website to get notified when an encore airs.
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During an exclusive conversation with Cyrus Langhorne of Cannaramic, Redman shared views on cannabis legalization, the gateway drug myth, and how a good parent should treat marijuana when interacting with their children, and opportunity for people of color in the cannabis industry, among others.
In an ideal world, cannabis would be legal everywhere, Redman said, calling for further studies on the medical potential of the cannabis plant.
In an ideal world, cannabis would be legal in every state.”
“If I could snap my fingers [and suddenly live in an ideal world], that part of the government [controlling dangerous and over-the-counter pharma drugs] would be losing money and the real people that had something to do with cannabis, that believe in it, and have the same dream as me – about just helping people… would be running the government on the medical side.”
At one point of the conversation, Cannaramic’s Langhorne asked about celebrity endorsements for cannabis products.
In the rapper’s opinion, the most important thing is owning his own brand, instead of just lending his name to someone else for a lump sum.
“I don’t want to help brand someone else and not have equity or ownership in that company,” he said. “That’s why you’ve never seen a Redman and Method Man vape pen, or rolling paper, or anything. We want to be in control.”
However, Redman disclosed, he and Method Man are now working on their own cannabis brand: “My whole thing is I want to be able to help people… I definitely want to help the youth, people who can’t afford medicine. It’s all about helping.
“I want to help AIDS patients. I want to help people with pain and stomach disorders. If you have a sleeping disorder, I want to help you with something I would take.”
Keep tuned in for further details on the developing brand.
Disclosure: While I am one of the speakers of the Cannaramic Online Summit, I have received no compensation from the company, nor do I plan to receive any sort of compensation from Cannaramic in the foreseeable future.
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During an exclusive conversation, rapper Redman revealed he’s working on a cannabis brand with his historic collaborator Method Man of Wu-Tang Clan. "My whole thing is I want to be able to help people," he says.