If it seemed too sweet to be true, that’s because it was. Sadly, contrary to the celebrity gossip circuit, hip hop legend Rihanna will not be dipping her toes into the waters of legal marijuana anytime soon.
That word came from her people, who denied the hot rumor that the singer planned to open a first-of-its-kind celebrity cannabis business, based in Colorado. She was going to call it “MaRihanna by Rihanna,” according to the rumor.
This particular urban legend apparently got its start at a High Times Cannabis Cup event in Negril, Jamaica, in November. Someone who claimed to be at the event tipped CelebStoner, a marijuana gossip website, that she had announced her plans to an audience there.
“MaRihanna by Rihanna is truly the first mainstream cannabis brand in the world and proud to be a pioneer,” Rihanna allegedly said. “Marihanna is blazing a trail for the industry.”
According to myth, the singer planned to open shop in Colorado by the first quarter of 2016. She was allegedly planning to sell three strains: Karibbean Kush, Haitian Haze and Jamaican High Grade, along with edibles and marijuana concentrates.
Rumors are completely made up
But Rihanna and her staff shot down the story immediately, saying it was “completely untrue” and noting that she had no plans to relocate to Colorado or open any business there. Rihanna is currently working on a joint venture with Samsung, ANTIdiaRY, which was launched while the rumor was still circulating.
It’s not a stretch to imagine Rihanna involved in the legal cannabis industry. She is outspoken about her use of the drug, weaving it into her songs and performances, and two years ago she posted a pic of her toking under the hashtag #legalizeit.
But there were a few big clues this was just another empty Internet rumor – and not an especially creative one, at that. The strain names may be the most obvious giveaway; Haiti isn’t exactly known for its bumper crop of THC, and “Jamaican High Grade” sounds like something out of a Cheech & Chong movie – way back in the late 1970s.