Actor and activist Woody Harrelson has been a proponent of legalizing marijuana and hemp, long before he gained the support of many skeptical elected officials and citizens.
So it seems fitting that the Cheers star is on hand for a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the grand opening of The Woods WeHo retail cannabis dispensary on Friday in West Hollywood.
In fact, it was Harrelson himself who helped cut the ribbon as a symbol that the facility, located at 8271 Santa Monica Boulevard, is open for business.
Long to come: Woody Harrelson, 60, and West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister shared the honor of cutting the ribbon marking the grand opening of The Woods WeHo retail cannabis dispensary on Friday, May 13 in West Hollywood
Dressed in a blue patterned shirt and beige pants, Harrelson, 60, shared the scissors at the ceremony with West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister.
Council member Lindsey Horvath and West Hollywood Chamber CEO Genevieve Morrill were also among those present at the event. with Harrelson’s wife Laura Harrelson and friend/actor Steve Guttenberg.
Keith Kaplan, outgoing president of the WeHo chamber, presented Harrelson with a framed dollar bill for good luck, which is a tradition of the WeHo chamber.
“Hopefully we’ve added more beauty and more good times here,” Harrelson told the crowd that gathered on the sidewalk of Santa Monica Blvd. just before The Woods officially opened, as reported WeHo Times.
“I hope we can help make the citizens of West Hollywood a little higher.”
Open for Business: The Woods WeHo Tokenized Groundbreaking Ceremony, located at 8271 Santa Monica Boulevard, is open for business
Proud moment: Harrelson lifted The Woods’ certificate of recognition during the festivities along Santa Monica Blvd in West Hollywood
Harrelson founded The Woods WeHo with ERBA co-founders Devon Wheeler and Jay Handal, political commentator Bill Maher, interior designer Thomas Schoos, and managing director of Schoos Design Michael Berman.
Located between high-end restaurants and shopping malls, the 8,000 square foot facility consists of an indoor retail space that sells a range of premium, sun-grown organic California herbs .
“We are thrilled to open The Woods,” Morrill shared during the festivities. “It’s an incredible design and Thomas Schoos has been an incredible asset to the city for so long in West Hollywood. It’s a perfect place.
Support: The Cheers alum cuddled up with wife Laura Harrelson at the event
The space: The Woods is an 8,000 square foot space, comprised of indoor retail space that sells a range of premium marijuana, and has bar and food service; the actor and activist is pictured with West Hollywood Mayor Lauren Meister and actor Steve Guttenberg
Over the years, Harrelson has been one of the strong supporters and users of cannabis and hemp.
In 1996, he was arrested in Lee County, Kentucky, for symbolically planting four hemp seeds to challenge state law that did not distinguish between industrial hemp and marijuana.
Fast forward 26 years, and the acclaimed actor never thought he would see the day when marijuana and hemp could be viable products that are legally produced and sold.
“There’s no way,” he said. “It’s like war. If it wasn’t lucrative, there wouldn’t be so many. And it is no exception to say that the non-corporate war on drugs is extremely lucrative. So I didn’t think it would ever be allowed. Of course, the government still gets its share and perhaps does more than it ever has now.
It’s a new day: Harrelson confessed he never thought he would see the day when marijuana and hemp could be viable products that are produced and sold legally
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