Comedian Chelsea Handler Announces Investment in Civilized Worldwide Inc.

Comedian and talk show host Chelsea Handler has signed on as an investor in Civilized Worldwide Inc.

Handler has been involved with a number of Civilized-led projects over the past year, including 'A Civilized Conversation with Chelsea Handler,' which saw her team up with Civilized publisher Derek Riedle to travel across Canada in 2018 to engage audiences in funny but also thought-provoking discussions of politics and culture. Earlier that year, Handler was a keynote speaker at the inaugural World Cannabis Congress hosted by Civilized.

"We've had a great relationship with Chelsea over the short time we've known her. She's been an enthusiastic supporter of our mission to reimagine cannabis culture through smart content and meaningful events," Riedle said via press release. "She's a true friend to the Civilized brand and we're thrilled to have her on board as an investor."

Handler's six-figure investment in Civilized doesn't come as a surprise given her passion for cannabis culture. She has become increasingly recognized as both a cannabis icon and activist in recent years by pushing to normalize cannabis consumption in society and working to end stigmas.

"Cannabis has made a difference in my life, in the lives of my friends and people who have been reintroduced to it. Working with Civilized, I've seen how passionate they are about smashing outdated cannabis stereotypes while keeping people entertained, and it’s been a real inspiration," Handler said.

"It's more than just a media company, it's a movement. And one I'm proud to be a part of."

Handler joins other prominent investors in Civilized such as former Vanity Fair publisher Mitch Fox and Michael Cohl, who worked as a concert promoter for musicians like The Rolling Stones and Stevie Wonder.

Welcome to the family Chelsea, we're glad to have you.


Few other entrepreneurs in the cannabis space have their hands in quite as many ventures as Lorne Gertner. Currently dubbed the "godfather of the Canadian cannabis industry," Gertner told Civilized, "If we could live through normalization, we could change the world." Hailing from the fashion industry, this Toronto native says he's on a mission to "make the world a better place through cannabis and design excellence." The only catch is, well, normalizing cannabis — and that's where Gertner's keen eye for style comes in. "In the old days, you were going to be different or you were going to be normal," said Thom Antonio, Gertner's friend, creative director, and collaborator of 35 years.

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