Article by Curtis Rumbolt, CBC News
St. John’s native Brian O’Dea was one of the world’s biggest drug smugglers in the 1970s and 80s. Today, after leaving the illicit pot trade behind, he’s created a new career in the world of legal pot, partnering with some of the biggest names in hip hop.
“I don’t know if I’m using that [smuggling] experience per se, but what I do is connected to that kind of world,” O’Dea told CBC News.
“I have a branding company and I’m currently working with the Wu-Tang Clan, Kurupt of the Dogg Pound, Snoop’s Dogg Pound, and I’m branding them in the cannabis world.”
O’Dea teamed up with the rappers to brand their names on cannabis products being sold legally in the U.S.
Wu-Tang co-founder Ghostface Killah is marketing a concentrated marijuana called Wu Goo. Kurupt, the Dogg Pound rapper and former vice-president of Death Row Records, is selling Moonrock, one of legal pot’s strongest strains.