Legendary comedian Whoopie Goldberg launched a line of cannabis products in April with her business partner Maya Elisabeth. With many other celebrities starting their own marijuana related companies like Snoop Dog and Rihanna, it’s not a surprise that the progressive host of The View on ABC has also entered the burgeoning market.
But, she has gone one step further and has spent time lobbying New York lawmakers to try to get menstrual cramps added to the state’s list of qualifying conditions. Goldberg released a statement urging lawmakers to act. The NY Daily News reports:
“Women have used cannabis for menstrual pain for as long as time, and this pain is real for a lot of us,” Goldberg said in the statement.
“I’m glad to see states like New York starting to get serious about this and when it gets to Gov. Cuomo’s desk we hope he recognizes and champions this conversation, and allows these decisions to be made between patients and their doctor by signing this very important bill Assemblywoman Rosenthal sponsored,” Goldberg continued.
The bill that is in the New York legislature was introduced by Assemblywoman Linda Rosenthal (D-Manhattan) and it would expand the qualifying conditions to included menstrual cramps, known medically as dysmenorrhea. The bill cleared the Assembly Health Committee on May 23rd, but it does not have a sponsor in the Senate.
Goldberg’s product line at Whoopi and Maya is aimed at a niche market in cannabis surrounding women with topical products aimed specifically at the discomforts often associated with menstruation. Their products on include a cannabis “Soak” made with epsom salts, their “Savor” is an edible cacao product either high in THC or CBD and their topical “Rub” which is specifically designed for menstrual relief.
“This was all inspired by my own experience from a lifetime of difficult periods and the fact that cannabis was literally the only thing that gave me relief,” Goldberg states on their website www.whoopiandmaya.com. “The only products available to us were filled with ingredients we couldn’t even pronounce and I discovered that I was not alone in this. When I looked further, I learned that this area was considered a ‘niche’…a ‘niche’ that includes half of the population! I was fortunate enough to be connected to Maya and this company is the result of that collaboration.”
Right now, New York law limits the use of medical cannabis for only a few specific ailments including cancer, HIV and AIDS, Lou Gehrig’s, Parkinson’s and Huntington’s diseases, epilepsy, spinal cord injuries, multiple sclerosis and chronic pain, which was added in December. Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) was introduced in a bill earlier this year and passed the Assembly, but the Senate has not yet voted on the bill.
Image from www.whoopiandmaya.com.