Now, Barr – who in 2012 pursued the presidential nominations of the Green Party and Peace and Freedom Party and was vocal about legalizing marijuana, using the slogan, ‘Yes, we Cannabis!’- is entering the “budding” medical marijuana industry.
The 63-year-old, in the past, has revealed that she uses medical marijuana to fight glaucoma and macular degeneration that are causing her to gradually lose her eyesight.
Roseanne plans to open a dispensary in Santa Ana, California called “Roseanne’s Joint.” It will feature Barr’s unique pot strains and products, including pot-laced, chocolate-covered macadamia nuts grown on her farm.
“I’m proud to be a cultural pioneer at the forefront of another wave of progress! And we’re proud of the city of Santa Ana as we continue to move into the era of recognizing cannabis as the natural, therapeutic, herbal substance medical science has proven it to be,” Barr said in a statement. “Roseanne’s Joint will be a responsible, contributing member of, and addition to, the community.” Barr joins a growing number of celebrities trying their hand at medical marijuana ventures. Cypress Hill rapper B-Real jumped into the local pot scene when his dispensary was among those to win Santa Ana’s dispensary license lottery. Last week, actor Woody Harrelson, reportedly applied for a marijuana dispensary license in Hawaii. Other celebrities, previously associated with marijuana, reportedly are getting into the industry in many different forms– including actor Tommy Chong, rapper Snoop Dogg and the family of singer Bob Marley.
Her business partner, Aaron Herzberg, 46, says the actress plans to occasionally make appearances.
It was a “natural, easy kind of conversation” involving Roseanne, Herzberg said. He was her attorney 6 years ago and they became close friends. Herzberg got involved in the weed industry a few years ago.
“We think it will bring credibility and a good name and frankly, good values,” Herzberg said. “But we also hope that it will create within the community a sense that marijuana is here to stay in California, that it’s getting legitimized and that serious names are coming to the table.” Roseanne has “been involved in the design process personally,” says Herzberg, and has personally requested that the dispensary offer customers “a very high-end, premium experience with very rustic wood floors and a very open environment.”
“She’s very spiritual, she’s very holistic, she’s extremely into natural remedies, and I can tell you that she believes very strongly that marijuana is medicine,” Herzberg said. “And she wants us to educate patients in a way that I don’t think many other dispensaries are doing and make it a safe and comfortable environment.”
We wish Roseanne much continued success in her new venture!