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“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back.”— Willie Nelson #WilliesReserve

Sunday, July 24th, 2016

Willie Nelson
by:  Randall Roberts

““Consumers will be able to indulge with confidence, savoring each puff while knowing they’re partaking in an age-old ritual that has bonded marijuana-lovers together since the first dried leaves were touched with flame.”

Country music icon Willie Nelson, long an advocate of marijuana legalization, is putting his money where his mouth (and joint) is by launching Willie’s Reserve, a new marijuana brand to be introduced in Washington and Colorado over the next few months.

The writer of such classics as “Crazy,” “Always On My Mind” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” is following the lead of rappers including Wiz Khalifa, Snoop Dogg and Freddie Gibbs, all of whom have entered the weed game with personalized strains.

“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” said Nelson in a press release.

Country music’s most outspoken stoner promises a premium cannabis brand that’s “top-grade, meticulously grown and beautifully packaged.” To ensure a quality product, he’s consulted with horticulturalists and cannabis farmers so that, in the wording of the release, “consumers will be able to indulge with confidence, savoring each puff while knowing they’re partaking in an age-old ritual that has bonded marijuana-lovers together since the first dried leaves were touched with flame.” (Whoa.)

The announcement comes as California heads toward a November election that includes a ballot measure that would legalize the recreational use of marijuana. Currently the state requires a doctor’s evaluation and prescription before a resident can purchase marijuana products.

After rolling out the brand in Colorado and Washington, Nelson’s company plans on expanding as states legalize recreational use of the drug.

Except it’s not a drug, said Nelson. “I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower.”

Micah Nelson named to National Hemp Committee, Sign his Petition to Allow Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp

Saturday, June 18th, 2016

Sign Petition Here:

In 1985, my dad, Willie Nelson, helped organize Farm Aid, a benefit concert for America’s family farmers. He’s always been dedicated to helping farmers and the environment — something he’s passed on to his children. One of the most important issues for us is allowing farmers to grow industrial hemp — something that’s still not completely legal in the United States.

It is nuts that I can walk into my local health food store and purchase a variety of healthy hemp foods but it is not legal for most American farmers to grow and sell this amazing crop. It is time to allow American farmers to grow this sustainable and extremely useful plant, bring back economic vitality to our rural communities, and help rebuild our depleted soils.

Please join me and the National Hemp Association to help pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act which will:

Enable American farmers to freely import seeds from outside the U.S. to grow millions of acres of American hemp without a need for pesticides or herbicides and using 1/3 the water needed for corn.

Help America rebuild a multi-faceted industry which would generate tens of thousands of jobs for rural farmers and middle income businesses.

Eliminate the confusion between marijuana and hemp and clarify the myriad of beneficial uses of industrial hemp

Clear up the conflicting legal status around the use and sale of products made from hemp extractions.

End the restrictions surrounding the transportation of seeds and live plants across state boundaries.Remove hemp from the Controlled Substances Act.

Thank you very much for your support.
– Micah Nelson

Thank you

Monday, May 30th, 2016


[Capital photo © Ben Droz Photography]

Willie Nelson holding the hemp flag that Mike Lewis of Growing Warriors and Joe Schroeder presented to him.

On this Memorial Day, where we pause, remember, and give thanks for those Americans who have died in the service of their country and our freedom, we’d like to share this beautiful photo of Mike Lewis flying a hemp flag.

A military veteran himself, Mike is founder of the Growing Warriors, whose mission is to equip, assist, and train veterans with the skills they need to produce high-quality, naturally grown produce for their families and communities. And more recently, he was one of the first farmers in the country legally allowed to grow industrial hemp.

We were honored that this flag, made from veteran-grown hemp, was flown at the Farm Aid concert in Chicago last year and then presented to Willie Nelson.

Learn more about the project and why Mike is one of our Farmer Heroes at:

Really Cool 4/20 Stuff for sale at Willie Nelson’s website

Wednesday, April 20th, 2016


Really cool stuff, like this box to hold your pot, and a jar to hold your pot (or like I use i t- to hold my guitar picks).  There are guitar picks and music, hats and other cool stuff.  And it’s on sale today, too.

Here’s the link:

I snapped this photo on the mall in Boulder today in front of a store.


Tuesday, April 12th, 2016


Willie Nelson talks to Dan Rathers about new business, “Willie’s Reserve”

Sunday, April 3rd, 2016

Willie Nelson is a country singer, actor, activist, and entrepreneur. His latest business venture is his own line of marijuana called Willie’s Reserve.  The longtime weed enthusiast sat down with Dan Rather for a in-depth interview about his new brand of weed, which comes out in March.

“We are trying to grow the best,” he said.  His goal is for it to be not only the best weed, but for it to be affordable and within everyone’s budget. Willie’s Reserve is grown in Colorado, one of the four states where weed is legal for recreational use.  “There’s a bunch of gals up in Colorado that are running Willie’s reserve, we call the the High Women,” he tells Rather. “Women Who Grow, I think, is their legal name. They’re doing great work.”

The facility they grow in is larger than a football field and hopes to pave the way for more states to legalize marijuana. Rather points out that Nelson doesn’t need the money. Rather asks him, “Why are you doing it?” “To prove a point,” Nelson says. “And I felt that if you really believe in something, why not promote it?”

Willie Nelson and Michael Bowman, Colorado Hemp Flag

Sunday, March 6th, 2016


Michael Bowman and Willie Nelson

The Hemp Flag on Colorado Day.

Hemp Flag Flew Over US Capitol Building
by:  Emily Heil
July 2, 2013

In a screenshot from the farm bill debate Rep. Jared Polis holds the hemp flag. (Courtesy C-SPAN)

Colorado hemp advocate Michael Bowman is the man responsible for getting the flag, made from Colorado-raised hemp and screen-printed with the stars and stripes, up there.

He cooked up the idea while lobbying Congress this year to include pro-hemp measures in the farm bill. That legislation failed, of course, but the seed of the hemp flag had been planted.

Rep. Jared Polis (D-Colo.) gave Bowman an assist with the details, which included working with the Capitol’s flag office. (The flag program allows people to buy flags flown over the Capitol, so they rotate in new Old Glories nearly every day.)

“It’s a powerful symbol,” Bowman says, adding that the red, white and blue flying over the Capitol is a reminder of the role that hemp played in the founding and early days of the country. Betsy Ross’s flag was made of hemp, he notes, and Colonial settlers even paid their taxes in the crop — it was used for all kinds of goods, from rope to fabric to paper. Those Conestoga wagons heading west were covered in canvas fashioned from hemp fibers.

So, he thought having it fly on America’s birthday seemed pretty appropriate.

After its Capitol flight, the flag will make its way back to Colorado, where it will fly over the state capitol building in Denver. After that, Bowman is sending it out on a tour of state houses in states where there’s legislation pending that would legalize hemp. One of the first up: Vermont.

And while advocates are quick to point out that hemp lacks the THC content beloved by stoners, this will still be one high-flying flag

Willie Nelson shotglass

Sunday, March 6th, 2016


I gave my friend Ben Holmes, from Centennial Seeds, a Willie Nelson shot glass, and he’s using it to count his marijuana seeds.

You can get your seeds from Ben,  and he carries some horticultural supplies.  He sells the brands that he uses for his successful business and research.  If you are in Colorado, you should visit his shop and lab in Lafayette.

And you can get that cool Willie Nelson shotglass from the Willie Nelson & Friends Museum and General Store in Nashville, where I got mine.  They have a website, too!

Willie Nelson receives Maverick Award (Feb. 19, 2016)

Saturday, February 20th, 2016


LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19, 2016 /PRNewswire/ — Country music legend Willie Nelson [], who has made no secret of his marijuana advocacy over his more than 50 year career, was given the first Maverick Award by Big Mike, the “Marijuana Don”.

Long before marijuana legalization became popular, Willie Nelson, named by GQ “America’s most popular stoner” [], was an advocate for the cause and has even developed his own strain named “Willie’s Reserve”.

Michael “Big Mike” Straumietis , owner of Advanced Nutrients [], honored the singer/songwriter at his Marijuana Mansion Party in the Hollywood Hills, which was attended by over 500 industry tastemakers.

Willie Nelson has been a major part of the legalization movement,” said Big Mike.

“Without heroes like him who put their necks and freedom out on the line when cannabis was not cool, we would not be where we are today,” he continued.

Willie Nelson began his career in 1956 in Vancouver, Washington, frequently appearing on television programs at KVAN. His first big critical music success came in 1973 with his album Shotgun Willie. Since then he has created another 67 studio albums, 10 live albums, 37 compilations, and 27 collaborations. He is known for his outlaw country music style and marijuana legalization advocacy, as well as his activism for the use of biofuels.

To speak with Big Mike, please contact Aurora DeRose at (310)396-6090 or

Willie Nelson: Great Smokers Throughout History

Thursday, February 18th, 2016

by: J. Colin Denning

If there were to ever be an actual brick-and-mortar “Stoner Hall of Fame” built, there would be a fifty foot bronze statue of the man profiled in this post out in front of it. A true legend in singing, songwriting, and partying your ass off, Willie Nelson is a man that has earned every ounce of respect and adoration that has come his way.   He may not be the ‘hippest’ thing happening in music today, but every weed-toking human should bow before this absolute giant of the music and smoking communities.

Willie Hugh Nelson was born during the Great Depression in the town of Abbott, Texas on April 29, 1933. His mother ran away soon after he was born and his father remarried and took off too, which left young Willie and his sister Bobbie in the care of their grandparents. It was a rough life, bouncing between Oklahoma and Texas, the family picking cotton to survive at times. It was during those times in the fields, that Willie was exposed to the music of Mexican and African-American cultures.

Young Willie began drinking and smoking cigarettes when he was just six years old and writing songs by the age of seven (no, those are not typos). He started with a guitar and chords given to him by his grandfather and began performing with a local group at age ten (also, NOT a typo). Nelson left high school and joined the Air Force like many young lads of the day, but was discharged after a few months due to back issues. He came home and went to Baylor University but basically said, “Fuck it” because he enjoyed playing music so much – although he did not see any immediate success and actually quit the business several times.

By the late fifties, Nelson was recording and failing, but was able to find work all over the country as a disc jockey. It was also around this time while living in Fort Worth, Texas, where Willie tried smoking the reefer for the first time. In 2012, he would confess on the Today Show, “The first time I smoked pot I kept waiting for something to happen. I kept puffing and puffing, waiting for something to happen, but nothing happened. So I went back to cigarettes and whiskey, which made shit happen.”

He sold some of his songs here and there – most notably was “Crazy”, which was sung by Patsy Cline and became one of the biggest hits of all time. If you say you have never heard that song, you are both a liar and a communist. Nelson continued to write and record for many labels with varying success, but his biggest successes came in the early seventies after yet another brief retirement.

By the early seventies, Willie was off the sauce and on the green full time. His hair was long and braided and he identified more with the hippies in San Francisco than the country suits in Nashville. His style of “Outlaw Country” had resonated with the masses through albums like Red Headed Strangerand Phases and Stages. Nelson also produced and performed in the very first episode of the hit PBS show, Austin City Limits in 1977, a program that is still running today – highlighting the best and the brightest musicians from every genre of music under the sun.

Willie Nelson loves his weed so much, that he has been to jail because of it a few times- most recently in 2010 at the ripe old age of 77, when six ounces of cheeba was found on his tour bus. I, for one, only wish that I might be able to stay alive long enough to get arrested at 77 for six ounces.  If nothing else, Willie is one hell of a stubborn old bastard.

w nearing the age of 83, Willie Nelson has been through it all. He has been married four times and lost all of his money to the IRS. He spent his youth drinkin’, smokin’, fuckin’, and snortin’ his way across the U.S, all while writing hit songs for himself and others. He has smoked a joint on the roof of the White House and is a board member for >Farm Aid and the National Organization for the Reformation of Marijuana Laws (NORML). The crooning octogenarian has also founded a bio-diesel company that produces environmentally friendly fuels from vegetable oil. Listen to me, young(er) people- if you have not listened to anything by Willie, I recommend you pick up Red Headed Stranger, twist something up, and give it a shot. Even if you find his voice a bit too nasal, a bit too country, or his songs a bit too depressing, you will come away with a better understanding of how important this man and his advocacy has been to our nation. Another way to get into the mind of this gypsy outlaw is through his book, Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die: Musings From the Road. I promise you, it is a read that won’t disappoint.And for all of you continuing fans out there, let us all just keep our fingers crossed that Willie will outlive us all, hanging with Keith Richards and the cockroaches – post-apocalypse style, never needing us to roll him up and smoke him.

Willie’s Reserve by Willie Nelson

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

by:  Ethan Jacobs

Willie’s Reserve by Willie Nelson

Although he is a total anomaly in comparison to the other artists on this list, Willie Nelson, the Texas-born, 82-year-old country star whose career has been colored by his strong advocacy for marijuana legalization and consumption, is in charge of his own brand of weed products called Willie’s Reserve. Marketed as a “connoisseur brand” with an emphasis on freedom and an all-encompassing love for music, Willie’s Reserve is a collection of Nelson’s favorite, most delectable strains of weed sold in “Colorado, Washington, and everywhere voters say yes.”

Artists in rap and hip-hop have been embarking on entrepreneurial endeavors to supplement their public images for a long time. Shoe brands, clothing lines, fragrances, books, alcoholic drinks and several other kinds of business partnerships have arisen out of these efforts to strengthen a personal brand and broaden an artist’s reach. For an artist, branching out into the business world, when their musical influence is already felt and burgeoning, can be an effective way to assert influence in any given cultural moment. Lately, we’ve been seeing a lot more of one specific kind of business venture, one that has to do with everyone’s favorite thing: weed.

As the social climate surrounding weed consumption becomes increasingly relaxed, more people seem to be consuming cannabis products in general. Some state governments have moved forward with weed legalization and others have introduced medical marijuana and decriminalized its use. As a result, people aren’t only indulging more freely but they’re also looking for new ways to get high. That’s why innovative cannabis products like weed-infused beverages, delicious new edibles, and luxurious vaporizers have been popping up all over. (For example, the state of Colorado made around $125 mil in tax revenues, triple the 2014 total). When you apply this gradual yet apparent change in attitudes surrounding the dankness to artists in the rap, hip-hop, and EDM industries — three genres of music that often glorify weed smoking —- it follows that artists within these genres are aiming their entrepreneurial endeavors at the people who are consuming that good good.

We’ve arrived at a special time in pop culture where there’s a plethora of artist-endorsed options flooding the market. To help you out a bit, we’ve rounded up all your favorite celebrity-curated weed products and brands.

On the official website for Leafs by Snoop, a brief note from the Dogg himself states: “Wherever my musical journey has taken me around the world, it’s beautiful to see how chronic leafs are a common source of peace, love, and soul that connects us all. Let’s medicate, elevate, and put it in the air!” Unfortunately, the Leafs by Snoop products are only available in Colorado, where recreational marijuana use is legal.

Read article here.

Willie Nelson, Michael Bowman in Las Vegas (January 8, 2016)

Saturday, January 9th, 2016


Thanks to Michael Bowman for sharing this photograph of him with Willie Nelson in Las Vegas yesterday.  Willie Nelson and Family performed in Las Vegas last night.

Michael is a  advocate for hemp and works hard  to support all aspects of the US industrial hemp industry.  A Colorado native, too, his family has lived on the eastern plains for generations.  With him on Willie’s right is Joe Brezny,, who spearheads a number of Cannabis initiatives in Nevada.  Brezny is the spokeman for the Nevada ballot initiative to legalize marijuana, “The campaign to regulate marijuana like alcohol”, similar to the campaign that helped pass Initiative 64 legalizing marijuana in Colorado.

Such great smiles.

Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg, Melissa Etheridge introduce marijuana products in 2015

Wednesday, January 6th, 2016

by: Kristan Wyatt

ENVER — Snoop Dogg has his own line of marijuana. So does Willie Nelson. Melissa Etheridge has a marijuana-infused wine.

As the fast-growing marijuana industry emerges from the black market and starts looking like a mainstream industry, there’s a scramble to brand and trademark pot products.

The celebrity endorsements are just the latest attempt to add cachet to a line of weed. Snoop Dogg calls his eight strains of weed “DANK FROM THE DOGGFATHER HIMSELF.” Nelson’s yet-to-be-released line says the pot is “born of the awed memories of musicians who visited Willie’s bus after a show.”

The pot industry’s makeshift branding efforts, from celebrity names on boxes of weed to the many weed-themed T-shirts and stickers common in towns with a legal marijuana market, show the industry taking halting steps toward the mainstream.

Problem is, those weed brands aren’t much more substantial than the labels they’re printed on. Patents and trademarks are largely regulated by the federal government, which considers marijuana an illegal drug and therefore ineligible for any sort of legal protection. The result is a Wild West environment of marijuana entrepreneurs trying to stake claims and establish cross-state markets using a patchwork of state laws.

The result is that consumers have no way of knowing that celebrity-branded pot is any different than what they could get in a plastic baggie from a corner drug dealer. And people in the business are relying on a patchwork of state-level laws to try to stake claims and establish cross-state markets.

“You can’t go into federal court to get federal benefits if you’re a drug dealer,” said Sam Kamin, a University of Denver law professor who tracks marijuana law.

That doesn’t mean that the pot business isn’t trying.

Hundreds of marijuana-related patents have likely been requested by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, according to those who work in the industry. Exact numbers aren’t available because pending patent information isn’t public.

So far federal authorities have either ignored or rejected marijuana patent and trademark requests, as in the 2010 case of a California weed-delivery service that applied to trademark its name “The Canny Bus.”

“They haven’t issued a single patent yet. But generally speaking there is broad agreement within the patent law community that they will,” said Eric Greenbaum, director of intellectual property for Ligand Pharmaceuticals, Inc., which is seeking a patent for a strain of marijuana to treat seizures that it has developed in Minnesota.

Companies like Ligand are betting that if marijuana becomes nationally legal, they’ll be first in line to claim legal ownership of whichever type of marijuana they’ve already developed.

Pot companies are also filing state-level trademarks, thereby avoiding the snag in a federal trademark application: the requirement that the mark is used in interstate commerce, which remains off-limits for pot companies. In Colorado, for example, there are nearly 700 trade names and 200 trademarks registered that include the word “marijuana” or a synonym, Kamin said.

Marijuana producers are also claiming everything they can that doesn’t involve actual weed. So a pot company could trademark its logo, or patent a process for packaging something, without mentioning that the “something” is marijuana.

The marijuana industry certainly has been on the receiving end of legal threats from other companies that do have trademark and patent protection. Cease-and-desist letters aren’t uncommon in the mailboxes of marijuana companies, whether it’s for making a candy that looks like a non-intoxicating brand, or for selling a type of pot that includes a trademarked word or phrase in its name.

The Girl Scouts of the U.S.A., for example, says it has sent dozens of cease-and-desist letters to those selling a popular strain of pot known as Girl Scout Cookies, or another called Thin Mints.

“The use of our trademarks in connection with drugs tarnishes the Girl Scouts name,” the organization says in the letter it says it has sent to pot sellers primarily in California, Colorado and Washington.

And last year, Hershey Co. sued two marijuana companies in Colorado and Washington for selling “Reefer’s” peanut butter cups and “Dabby Patty” candies, which resembled Hershey’s Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups and York peppermint patties. Both pot companies agreed to stop selling the products and destroy any remaining inventory.

But the industry can’t use those same laws to protect its own brands.

“We’re in a new industry, where the benefits of federal protection aren’t open to us,” said John Lord, CEO of LivWell, a 10-store chain of Colorado marijuana shops that recently entered an agreement to sell Leafs By Snoop, the entertainer’s new line of marijuana.

Decades ago, Kamin said, pot smokers simply asked a black-market dealer for marijuana. These days, in those states that allow marijuana sales for either medical or recreational purposes, those smokers now may ask for a calming indica or energizing sativa strain of pot.

Which leads back to the Colorado pot shop selling Leafs By Snoop.

LivWell grows the Snoop pot alongside many other strains on its menu. But it charges up to $175 more an ounce for the Snoop brand, which is sold from behind a glittery in-store display, similar to what you’d see in a grocery store marketing a certain type of soda or soup.

“Brand differentiation is the normal progression of events,” said Lord, who wouldn’t share sales figures on the Leafs By Snoop pot but says its performance has been “outstanding.”

“Consumers will see more and more of this in the future.”

Willie Nelson and Others Launch Marijuana Businesses in 2015

Wednesday, December 9th, 2015
By Julia Wright

Legalization has become a cause célèbre, backed by countless actors, athletes, and more. But more celebrities are also getting into the nitty-gritty of the cannabis business itself as producers, industry consultants and dispensary owners.

The new business ventures are just another outlet for their creativity. Take #1 on our list, director Kevin Smith, for example: “In the last…7 years, I’ve been more productive than I was the first 15 years of my career,” he said in an interview last year. “And that’s because I love smoking so much. So every time I was smoking I was like, ‘I better do something creative,’ so it makes more output.”

Although Willie’s been a proponent of legalization for longer than some of us have been alive, the country music superstar’s marijuana company, Willie’s Reserve, just launched in 2015. Stores are scheduled to open in 2016, with a feel-good atmosphere and down-home touches Nelson has compared to Whole Foods (only for cannabis.)


. Kevin Smith

Big surprise: the man who brought the world Jay and Silent Bob and Mallrats has an appreciation for cannabis. A lucky few who visited the medical dispensary Buds & Roses in L.A. were able to grab two Kevin Smith-inspired strains as part of a promotional tie-in with Smith’s 2014 horror flick, Tusk. Mr. Tusk, an indica, and White Walrus, a sativa, were packaged in spooky black-and-white canisters featuring the film’s toothy protagonist. You get the sense that Smith himself sampled the goods, at some point.

2. Montel Williams

The former talk show host has been an outspoken medical marijuana advocate since his multiple sclerosis diagnosis in the late ’90s. In 2011, he was engaged as a consultant to the upscale Sacramento dispensary Abatin Wellness Cooperative. Announcing the partnership during a news conference, he said: “We want to provide safe access [to marijuana] for patients and really medicalize this. Patients should be put first.” Montel said he would be “involved at every level of the cooperative, from the philosophical direction down to the blueprints.”

3. Willie Nelson

Although Willie’s been a proponent of legalization for longer than some of us have been alive, the country music superstar’s marijuana company, Willie’s Reserve, just launched in 2015. Stores are scheduled to open in 2016, with a feel-good atmosphere and down-home touches Nelson has compared to Whole Foods (only for cannabis.)

4. Ross Rebagliati

The world sure has changed since 1991, when Ross Rebagliati won gold in snowboarding at the 1998 Nagano Olympics, only to be disqualified after people found out he’d smoked pot. But there’s a happy ending: not only was the decision overturned and Rebagliati given back the medal, but nowadays, Ross has gotten into the industry at the helm of Ross Gold, his medical cannabis company. Rebagliati is also a spokesperson for the benefits of medical cannabis in sports training, injuries, pain management and stress.

5. Bethenny Frankel

We weren’t aware that marijuana needed a diet-friendly makeover; however, according to Us Weekly,Real Housewives of New York City star Bethenny Frankel is launching a line of Skinnygirl marijuana in Alaska, Colorado, Oregon, and Washington. An “insider close to Frankel” told the celebrity gossip mag that Frankel’s new strain will be “specially engineered” to not give you the munchies. Intriguing concept, but as the recently-debunked rumours about Rihanna’s marijuana line proved, only time will tell whether you’ll see Skinnygirl cannabis next to the THC-infused quinoa salad at your local dispensary.

Willie Nelson in New York Magazine

Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015


Read New York Magazine article here.