Whoopi Goldberg speaks during the 15th annual official Star Trek convention at the Rio Hotel & Casino on Aug. 4, 2016 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Gabe Ginsberg/Getty Images)"It's going to take a minute," Goldberg said Monday in an interview, noting that making the products available north of the border will require overcoming a number of regulatory hurdles. "You have to go through lots of different conversations." Goldberg founded Whoopi & Maya alongside Maya Elisabeth, a California-based creator of medical cannabis products and the founder of Om Edibles. In addition to cannabis, many of the products contain herbs and other natural ingredients — such as elderberries, cramp bark and ginger — that promise to alleviate some of the pain and discomfort that women experience during menstruation.
Goldberg said she was propelled into action when she heard that other celebrities, including Snoop Dogg and Willie Nelson, were entering the cannabis business. "I said, 'Is there anybody doing anything for menstrual cramps?'" she recalled. "And everyone laughed and said, 'No, it's a niche market, no one is going to do that.' And I said, 'But the niche market covers half the population.'"
“I said, 'Is there anybody doing anything for menstrual cramps?'”
— Whoopi Goldberg
Goldberg: Women asking 'Why can't we get it here?'
Goldberg said she wants to get the ball rolling ahead of that. "Your new guy is so smart — young baby Trudeau," Goldberg said. "He's so smart at this. I just want to make sure that we're talking to people so that we can bring our product." But it's too soon to say when or even if the products may be available in Canada. "We're just getting our toenails wet." Follow @alexposadzki on Twitter.
“Your new guy is so smart — young baby Trudeau.”
— Whoopi Goldberg
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