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Whoopi Goldberg's Cannabis Company Shuts Down

Oscar-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg and her business partner Maya Elisabeth are closing their women-focused medical cannabis company after four years in business.

Whoopi and Maya Elisabeth, founder of Om Edibles and winner of ten High Times Cannabis Cup awards, launched medical marijuana company Whoopi & Maya in 2016.

The California-based company's initial offerings included a signature line of herbal medical cannabis products, formulated to provide relief for women experiencing menstrual cramps and discomfort.

Reports this week quoted Rick Cusick, a board member of Whoopi & Maya, as saying that in recent months, both Goldberg and Elisabeth wanted a divorce and the company's board could not get both the directors to agree to new proposals to save the brand.

Goldberg reportedly resigned from the board last Friday after the rift between her and Elisabeth could not be resolved.

Cusick also said that in addition to personal issues between the founders, regulatory issues in California also played a role in the company's closure.

In a message posted to customers on its website, Whoopi & Maya said, "We're deeply saddened to tell you that Whoopi & Maya will no longer continue operation."

"Though we've all come a long way, there's far more to be achieved. This is simply the end of a single chapter in a larger story, one that we invite you to continue," the statement on the website added.

Several North American celebrities are now actively involved in the marijuana industry as marijuana evolves into a legal consumer product. They include television show host and entrepreneur Martha Stewart, former boxing heavyweight champion Mike Tyson, former NFL player Rob Gronkowski.

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