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Former Family Matters actor known as Urkel launches cannabis line


Actor Jaleel White, who played the role of Steve Urkel in the hit sitcom “Family Matters,” has officially ventured off into the cannabis strain known as Purple Urkel.

In a partnership with 710 Labs, Forbes reports that White’s new cannabis line features variants of the popular cannabis strain Purple Urkle set to launch on international stoner’s day, April 20.

While the brand will get started on dispensary shelves in California, it hopes to someday grow to more marketplaces in the near future.

“The thing that always stood out to me was there no clear brand leader for fire purple weed,” said White in an interview with Forbes “It made no sense to me, that no company of significance had claimed this lane, so why not me?”

Ironically, the collaboration between 710 Labs founder Brad Melshenker and White began through friendship after the two connected on a flight and bonded over their passion for cannabis.

“710 has never been a brand that pursued celebrity deals or endorsements as our agenda has always been quality above all else,” Melshenker said. “We tend to let the product speak for itself. But over the years Jaleel and I became friends and organically our conversations developed into a project. He was on a journey to find the real Purple Urkel from back in the early 2000s. Not only that, he wanted to find the most flavorful purple cultivars and had been collecting seeds with his friend Sean over the years just for this purpose.”

According to Forbes, Purple Urkle “will be sold as eighths and vape pens with 710 Labs’ proprietary live resin pods, as well as Noodle Doinks, a fat, hand-rolled joint that uses a fusilli noodle as the crutch.”

“To smoke the end result from such a quality pod has been surreal,” White sai. “I feel a little bit like Willy Wonka, the flavor came out so similar to grape candy.”