2. Al Harrington
Former NBA player, Al Harrington is now the CEO of the CBD company, Viola. The business is named after his grandmother. (Viola is her first name). Harrington says that she first found out he was using her name for his cannabis company, she said, “I better not go to jail.”
Harrington’s grandmother is the one who led him to the CBD business. She suffered from glaucoma. Even though Harrington wasn’t familiar with cannabis himself at the time, he’d heard that it could help glaucoma sufferers. Harrington told the Green Entrepreneur, “When she told me she was dealing with glaucoma, I told her that I’d read how cannabis cured glaucoma. She was like, ‘Reefer? Boy, I’m not smoking no reefer!’ But the next day, she squinted at me and said, ‘My eyes hurt so bad today I can barely see.’ I said, ‘Grandma, why don’t you just give cannabis a try?’ She opened her mind.”
The cannabis helped his grandmother read the bible for the first time in years, and that’s how the company, Viola, was born. Harrington is now fighting to convince professional athletic associations, like the NBA, to allow players to use cannabis products, especially for treatment of medical conditions.
3. Gwyneth Paltrow
The cosmetics company, Goop, which was founded by actress Gwyneth Paltrow, has recently teamed up with marijuana dispensary MedMen to create a line of CBD skin care products. According to Meredith Schroeder who is heavily involved in the project, the goal is to add an element of sophistication to the cannabis space.
4. Post Malone
The musical artist that brought you songs, such as Congratulations, and Rockstar, will now be distributing marijuana products as well. Post Malone is opening a cannabis company, called Shaboink. The California based business will produce THC, and CBD products, along with accessories.