Marley Naturals: Yes, Bob Marley Is One Of Many Celebrities With A Marijuana Brand

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Funded by Privateer Holdings who are working with the Marley family, Marley Naturals will sell “heirloom marijuana strains” from Jamaica that the company says Marley himself enjoyed. Hemp-based lotions and balms that have no psychoactive effect, and accessories inspired by the singer are also among the brand’s first offerings.

This Is How Bob Marley's Pot Brand Is Trailblazing the Cannabis Industry

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Bob Marley and cannabis are almost synonymous — in some places, "Bob Marley" is the street name for pot. So, it was almost an inevitability these two would one day be formally united. That day came in November 2014 when Marley's family and private equity firm Privateer Holdings announced the creation of Marley Natural, the world's first international cannabis brand.

Cannabis Investors Growing Faster Than The Deals

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[Privateer Holdings] made headlines recently when it secured an $75 million investment from the Founders Fund, a San Francisco based venture capital firm. Founders Fund has picked some winners in the past including Facebook, Airbnb, Spotify and SpaceX. Getting an investment from this group is like receiving the investing seal of approval. This brings Privateer’s total funding to $82 million, which isn’t bad considering the company was just founded in 2010.

The Most Interesting Products of TechCrunch Disrupt

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I was interested to hear Founders Fund partner Geoff Lewis and Privateer Holdings CEO Brendan Kennedy discuss cannabis startups including Leafly, an information site which focuses on particular strains to aid specific cancers; Tilray, a pharmaceutical grade cannabis grower in Canada; and Marley Natural, a retail brand based on a Jamaican strained, produced under license from Bob Marley's estate.   He said he thought it was only a matter of time before legalization spreads in more places.

The Future of Pot? Leave It to the Pros, Not the Stoners

WIRED

To cater to the sensibilities of mainstream consumers, Privateer has raised more than $80 million to fund a portfolio of pot-related companies that reflect the firm’s emphasis on professionalism. Its investments include Tilray, a Canadian mail-order medical marijuana service; Leafly, a kind of Yelp for pot; and Marley Natural, a marijuana and marijuana accessories brand founded in cooperation with Bob Marley’s family.

The End Of The War On Drugs And The Emergence Of The Venture-Backed Cannabis Industry

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“When you look at America, our fundamental thesis is that this is a mainstream product consumed by mainstream Americans,” said Brendan Kennedy, Privateer’s CEO, today at TechCrunch Disrupt NY. “Fifty four to 58 percent of Americans believe that this product should be legal. About 85 percent believe that medical cannabis should be legal. You can’t get 85 percent of Americans to agree on anything.”