Method Man weed: Cannabis line launching in Colorado

Rapper Method Man is debuting a line of cannabis flower in Colorado just as he is making a trip to the Rocky Mountains for a string of concerts.

Method Man partnered with Boulder-based Vera Cultivation to grow three strains — Sweet Grease, Free MAC and Orange Cookie Kush — under the artist’s TICAL brand, which locals can buy starting Friday. That’s the same day Wu-Tang Clan hits Red Rocks Amphitheatre backed by the Colorado Symphony Orchestra, with support from Outkast rapper Big Boi.

TICAL is an acronym for “taking into consideration all lives,” and also the title of Method Man’s 1994 solo album. It’s more than just the name of his marijuana brand — the saying also embodies its mission to “raise awareness of the historic racial and ethnic disparities and inequities in the criminal justice and business aspects of the cannabis space,” according to a statement.

That’s why TICAL strains will be available exclusively at Simply Pure and WolfPac Cannabis dispensaries in Denver, which are both owned by people of color.

In addition to the Red Rocks show, Wu-Tang and the Colorado Symphony Orchestra will perform at Mission Ballroom on Saturday before Method Man returns to Red Rocks on Sept. 1 for 420 on the Rocks alongside Redman, Wiz Khalifa, Busta Rhymes and Collie Buds. Method Man, Redman and Busta Rhymes are also slated for a concert at Cervantes Masterpiece Ballroom on Sept. 2.

Method Man is just the latest musician to launch a weed brand in Colorado. Last year, soul-revival band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats released a line of vape pens in advance of a two-night run at Red Rocks. That was in partnership with Willie’s Reserve, the Denver-based cannabis company from outlaw country icon Willie Nelson.

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