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“Willie’s Reserve” to be available in September in Colorado

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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by: Paul Venema

BRIARCLIFF, Texas – Relaxing at his ranch outside of Austin, Texas, country music legend Willie Nelson discussed his plans to enter the marijuana market this fall.

Nelson said that he made the decision after the sale of recreational marijuana became legal in Colorado and Washington state in 2012

“We’re setting up businesses there,” Nelson said, explaining that he hopes to have what he’ll call “Willie’s Reserve” available by September in Colorado.

“This product is some of the best they have to offer up there,” he said.

Nelson said that he understands that there will be plenty of competition.

“You can go into any of the places in Colorado now and get good weed (and) smoke, (if) you want to,” Nelson said.

He predicted that in less than a decade recreational marijuana will be available in every state.

“I never thought I’d see the day that pot would be legal anywhere in the United States,” he said.

“The bottom line is money, and once those old guys see how much money is being made in Colorado and Washington  — all the places that it is legal —  they’ll say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. We may want to think about it,’” Nelson said, referring to lawmakers who are opposed to the legalization of marijuana.

But for him, he said it is about more than just money. It’s about social acceptance of marijuana.

“It’ll generate talk, which is more important than money,” Nelson said.

“Marijuana will be legal everywhere” — Willie Nelson

Tuesday, July 21st, 2015

illie Nelson, NORML fundraiser (Austin, Texas)

Willie Nelson, the outlaw country singer and Texas legend, predicts marijuana will be legal in all 50 states by the end of the decade.

Speaking to KSAT 12 reporter Paul Venema, Nelson cited the opportunity to make big bucks as the primary reason that the drug will be legalized.

Laws that legalize the recreational use of marijuana have been passed in Alaska, Washington, Colorado, Oregon and the District of Columbia, according to Governing.

“The bottom line is money, and once those old guys see how much money is being made in Colorado and Washington, all the places that it is legal, they’ll say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. We may want to think about it,'” Nelson told KSAT.

Nelson is expected to launch his own marijuana company in Colorado this fall.

Willie Nelson admits marijuana can be dangerous

Thursday, May 21st, 2015


Willie’s Reserve

Monday, May 4th, 2015



Music legend Willie Nelson is pleased to announce a unique American enterprise: Willie’s Reserve, a cannabis brand reflecting Nelson’s own longstanding experience and his commitment to regulated, natural, and high quality strains of marijuana in U.S. legal markets. As one journalist has already noted, “The marijuana world is about to get its first connoisseur brand, edging it farther from an illegal substance and closer to the realm of fine wines.”


Willie’s Reserve is an extension of Willie’s passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities. Some of the best master growers in America will collaborate, along with Willie, to define quality standards so that fans can expect clean and consistent products.

Willie’s Reserve will be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington, and will become available in other markets when state regulations allow.

Somewhat controversially, Willie has spent a lifetime as an outspoken supporter of cannabis for personal use and for industrial hemp production.

Building on Willie’s community of friends and experts who share his values, Willie’s Reserve will seek ways to further support and celebrate aspects of the singer-songwriter’s journey with cannabis. Willie and his family, and a few close friends developed the brand with emphasis on environmental and social issues, to lend support to the gradual end to marijuana prohibition across America.

“I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market,” stated Willie Nelson.

Collaboration is at the center of plans for Willie’s Reserve. Willie has been an outspoken supporter of the front line efforts of store owners, growers, and citizens who have been pioneers and advocates of cannabis policy improvements. The company will work with businesses that are making smart and sustainable choices for the environment, have demonstrated leadership in their markets, and are committed to encouraging safe, legal use.

Seeing the power of legalization, regulation and taxation to impact how Americans view cannabis is a life’s work realized for Willie. As many have noted, his involvement is no surprise, and in the end, it’s no surprise that Willie’s Reserve will reflect his life.


About Willie Nelson

With a six-decade career and 200 plus albums, this iconic Texan is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of CrazyRed Headed Stranger, and Stardust. Willie Nelson has earned every conceivable award as a musician and amassed reputable credentials as an author, actor and activist. He continues to thrive as a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force. In the last five years alone he delivered eight new album releases (of which one resulted in a Grammy Award win), released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his 5th degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul, and graced the cover of Rolling Stone magazine. In 2013, Willie’s albums included Let’s Face The Music And Dance, an album of deep pop country repertoire classics performed with transformative patented ease by Nelson and Family, his long-time touring and recording ensemble; and To All The Girls… which features 18 duets with music’s top female singers. In 2014, he released Band of Brothers, a 14-track studio album of new recording that debuted at #5 on Billboard’s Top 200 album chart and #1 on Billboard’s Country album chart, and December Day: Willie’s Stash Vol. 1, an eclectic album collaboration of intimate new recordings from Willie and Sister Bobbie Nelson. This year he will add two more titles. On May 5, 2015, “It’s A Long Story: My Life,” the unvarnished and complete story of Willie, will hit bookshelves. Later in the year he will release a new album with Merle Haggard titled Django And Jimmie.

Willie Nelson’s Reserve

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015


Willie’s Reserve Tee-Shirts (sales help benefit The Realm of Caring)

Tuesday, April 21st, 2015



Willie Nelson’s website is selling these limited edition tee-shirts, designed by Micah Nelson in celebration of the recent announcement of Willie’s personal brand of marijuana.


Also, please note this is a pre-order item and will ship out early May and is only available while supplies last. Shirt details : 4.5 oz., preshrunk 100% certified organic ringspun cotton.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit “The Realm Of The Caring” ( ).

The Realm of Caring:
Why: Because Quality of Life Matters


?The Realm of Caring Foundation (RoC) is a non-profit organization that provides support services and resources for those using Cannabinoid products.

What We Do

The Realm of Caring is a 501c3 non-profit organization that has been formed to provide a better quality of life for those affected by disorders and diseases, including but not limited to, Cancer, MS, HIV/AIDS, Epilepsy, Parkinson’s, through the use of concentrated cannabinoid extracts. Each client’s progress is monitored through an Institutional Review Board (IRB) approved observational research study. Through the observational research studies, the Realm of Caring is able to educate the general public as to the positive effects of cannabinoid supplements.


The Realm of Caring Foundation was informally established by the Stanley Brothers as well as Paige Figi and Heather Jackson, the first two success stories using Charlotte’s Web™ in early 2012. After receiving several inquiries from families seeking help around the world, the group recognized the need to create a formal organization to not only collect research and data on individuals using cannabis products; but also to educate and advocate about this often misunderstood form of therapy.

The Stanley’s have since transitioned away from the Realm of Caring to focus their efforts on production and new product development. Paige has fulfilled a needed legislative role serving as Executive Director of Coalition for Access Now, a 501c4 organization committed to educating the public and lawmakers on the health benefits associated with natural therapies derived from cannabis for chronic health conditions. Heather is serving as the Executive Director of the Realm of Caring the 501c3 entity. The backbone of the RoC has always been the family volunteers who have given so judiciously of their time and talent. With families at the helm, it has been recognized that the vision and mission of the company will be realized, and the interest of the client will always be held first.

The Realm of Caring Foundation was formally established on 8/13/13, and has received its 501c3 designation as a recognized non-profit entity. We continue with the same mission and vision that we always have. Our advocacy work has been featured in media outlets across the country including the New York Times, Wall Street Journal, Time, NBC and two CNN specials hosted by Dr. Sanjay Gupta.

From the @willienelson Ohana on 4/20 2015! HAPPY DAMN 4/20!

Monday, April 20th, 2015


From the @willienelson Ohana on 4/20 2015! HAPPY DAMN 4/20!

Willie Nelson launches new marijuana business, “Willie’s Reserve”

Monday, April 20th, 2015
by: Patrick Doyle

Smoking Willie Nelson’s weed is a lifelong ambition of stoners everywhere, enjoyed only by a few lucky fans and friends like Snoop Dogg and Merle Haggard. Not anymore, though. On Monday, Nelson announced his own cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve, which will bring “Willie Weed” to the masses. The product will be grown and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington and more as state regulation allows.


Rolling Stone recently caught up with Nelson on his bus backstage near San Antonio, Texas, where he discussed the product. “I will make sure it’s good or it won’t be on sale,” the singer says. “There should be a menu just like in a restaurant because there’s so many different kinds of pot that do many different things. It’s a good idea to have everything labeled for what it does, what it don’t do [and] how powerful it is.”

Nelson says the business will also include stores with “menus of products” and edibles. “It fell together like evolution wants it to,” Nelson says. “It’s just a matter of time in this country before it’s legal. I feel like I bought so much, it’s time to start selling it back!”


The singer said in a statement that Willie’s Reserve “is an extension of [my] passion and appreciation for the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities. Some of the best master growers in America will collaborate…to define quality standards so that fans can expect clean and consistent products.”

Nelson has been an advocate for legalization and has been involved with National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML) for decades. He was arrested as recently as 2010, when he memorably created “The Teapot Party.” “They mostly want autographs now,” Nelson says of police officers. “They don’t really bother me anymore for the weed, because you can bust me now and I’ll pay my fine or go to jail, get out and burn one on the way home. They know they’re not stopping me.”

Nelson says the company will emphasize environmental and social issues to “support the gradual end of marijuana prohibition across America.” “Seeing the power of legalization, regulation and taxation to impact how Americans view cannabis is a life’s work realized for Willie,” a rep for the singer said in a statement.

“I am looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market,”  Nelson added.

The singer has also teamed with friend Merle Haggard for the pro-marijuana video “It’s All Going to Pot,” which premiered Monday on Conan O’Brien’s website.

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Willie Nelson 4/20 Sale

Saturday, April 18th, 2015


Health alert: Don’t Buy weed from the Easter Bunny

Monday, April 6th, 2015


This happens a lot, a common rookie mistake.  Be forewarned.

Willie Nelson Reserve

Thursday, April 2nd, 2015

photo: Kevin Winter
by: Paula Mejia

Country music fixture and unapologetic marijuana enthusiast Willie Nelson is officially starting his own cannabis venture. It’ll be called Willie’s Reserve and, as the name implies, it purports to be more along the lines of a fine wine than a funny cigarette.

The Daily Beast first reported on Nelson’s green-thumb endeavors, which he hinted at during last week’s South by Southwest music conference.

Michael Bowman, a veteran marijuana lobbyist and spokesman for Nelson’s forthcoming brand, told the site that Willie developed the strain with a “focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on drugs.”

The plan includes unveiling a series of dispensaries where people can select the strains of their choice. Of course, the project will hinge on marijuana legalization state-by-state. Bowman said within the next year he expects “there will be movement.”

Nelson, 81, who has spent dozens of years advocating for legalization, isn’t the only musical icon to have his name attached to a green business venture: Billboard notes that Bob Marley’s estate will soon be launching a premium strain of marijuana, Marley Natural. No word yet on whether veteran pot supporter Madonna will be launching a Madge strain anytime soon.

Willie Nelson launching “Willie Nelson Reserve”, and entering Recreational Marijuana Business

Wednesday, April 1st, 2015

photo: Gary Miller
by: Hugh McIntyre

After decades of fighting the war on drugs, select states have started legalizing marijuana, and that means an enormous opportunity for an already-massive industry (some predict that in just a few years the weed business could be larger than the NFL) to go legit. Over the next few years, we’re going to see plenty of entrepreneurs throw their beanies into the weed-selling business in various ways, and we already have a well-known name gearing up to make a big entrance.

Country legend Willie Nelson recently let slip in an interview with the Daily Beast that he’s planning on launching his own brand of weed, which will apparently be called “Willie’s Reserve”. The writer then spoke with longtime pot legalization advocate Michael Bowman, who is set to serve as the brand’s spokesperson (not Willie!), and he explained in greater detail what the brand will stand for, and what the company will look like.

From what he shared, it looks like Willie’s Reserve is going to be much more than just marijuana. The brand is looking to open brick and mortar locations, though obviously only in states where the substance has been legalized—Colorado, Washington, Alaska, Washington DC, and Oregon later in 2015. Those working at the fledgling company want their firm to be the “anti-Walmart”, as they want to treat all those that they work with fairly, from employees to partners. No word just yet on when the stores will open, but the plans are in motion.

The stores will sell Willie’s own strain of weed, as well as product from other companies, with Bowman comparing the model to Whole Foods:

“Whole Foods has their 365 brand, or you can buy Stony Brook, or you can buy Horizon… It’ll all fall under that umbrella of “here’s our core beliefs, and here’s our mission statement,” and they will be a part of that, to be a part of us.”

The news that Nelson wants to get into the weed business should come as a surprise to nobody, as the singer-songwriter has been a fan and advocate of the drug for decades. He has spoken publicly on the need to divert the billions being spent on attempts to stop the spread of marijuana to more worthwhile causes in dozens of interviews, and he has been arrested for possession four times. At 81 years young, it’s awesome to see Nelson still pushing forward, changing what society sees as acceptable.

Jimmy Kimmel’s Pot Quiz

Friday, March 20th, 2015

Texas Norml’s Fundraiser @ Willie Nelson’s Cut and Putt (March 28, 2015)

Saturday, February 28th, 2015


Willie Nelson Interview (by Chris Goldstein)

Saturday, October 25th, 2014


Steve Bloom of, Willie Nelson and Philly420 columnist Chris Goldstein on the Honeysuckle Rose
by: Chris Goldstein

This is an excerpt from my interview with a great friend to the marijuana reform movement, Willie Nelson. Read the entire interview in Freedom Leaf Magazine.

The sun was setting on Atlantic City as we were ushered onto the bus nicknamed The Honeysuckle Rose. Steve and I set up the audio recorder and sat down in the small booth across from the kitchenette. The layout on the bus is simple and homey with dark wood trim. It feels like a country cabin on wheels. On the wall is a corkboard with dozens of pictures of Willie’s family.

Willie is constantly on the road, touring across the country. I asked if he sees support growing for the issue of legalization today.

“We see and hear from people every night and do songs like ‘Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die’… . The enthusiasm for that has grown throughout the years… . Who would have thought things would have gone so far within our lifetime? It has surprised me,” he said.

Although the tour hasn’t taken him through Colorado since Amendment 64 went into place earlier this year, Willie commented, “I have some friends there telling me all about it. It’s the way to go!”

We chatted for a minute about the legalization ballot initiatives in Alaska, Oregon and Washington D.C.

Willie had some strong advice,

“Well the main thing is: Go vote! It is one of the major problems we have… . We get a little lax… . We think it’s a great idea but on election day we’re busy or something. Just remember: Go vote! If you can vote early then vote early,” he said.

Sitting just inches away, my eyes begin to follow the lines of Willie’s well-known face. At times he looks grandfatherly but he certainly looks much more youthful than a man in his 80s. I asked if he thought smoking marijuana helped keep him feeling young and even looking young.

“Well personally, for my example I think it has. It’s kept me more relaxed and kept me from doing things that weren’t good for me. Like smoking cigarettes. Like drinking alcohol. I was into both of those pretty heavy at one point in my life,” he said.

Then Willie told us about the technique he used to quit tobacco, a story I’d never heard before.

“One day I had a pack of Chesterfields and I took all the cigarettes out and rolled up 20 big fat joints and put those in the cigarette pack, put them in my pocket and I haven’t smoked a cigarette since. And today I feel a whole lot better.”

Consuming cannabis has evolved a lot since Willie first took up marijuana for health and recreation. There are now Volcano vaporizers, hash oil pens and well-manufactured edibles. What is his preferred method?

Without skipping a beat Willie enthusiastically replied, “I’m and old-fashioned joint smoker, ya know.”

Then he quickly added, “Edibles are good for people who can’t smoke. I know there are a lot of people who fall in that category. Just read the label and make sure you know what you’re doing!”

Willie was, no doubt, referencing New York Times columnist Maureen Dowd. She, infamously, ate too much of a cannabis-infused chocolate bar in Colorado, resulting in an eight-hour panic attack in her hotel room. After reading her column about the experience, Willie invited Dowd to get high on his bus anytime. She actually took him up on the offer just a few days before this interview while Willie was in Washington, D.C.

My colleague Steve Bloom asked how Farm Aid fared in 2014. The star-studded event was held last month in Raleigh, N.C.

“Farm Aid went great! Had a great crowd …a sell-out crowd. Everybody did a great job,” he said.

“Everybody” means John Mellencamp, Neil Young, Jack White, Dave Matthews, Tim Reynolds and a cadre of musicians who played the annual, all-day concert. Farm Aid is the biggest grassroots organization supporting American agriculture and their efforts that go on year-round. Farm Aid offers hotlines to help farmers and even disaster relief. All of it is funded by the annual concert.

Willie is close to the issue and he spoke about the future for those involved.

“Farmers are beginning to have a little more positive outlook on themselves and their livelihoods. They are seeing some breaks here and there. They’re doing a little more organic farming. The people who buy farmed supplies are finding that it is better to go to a farmers market and deal directly with farmers. If you look at your breakfast in the morning and look at your bacon and eggs, well where did that come from? A thousand miles away? Or could your farmer next door maybe have raised those for you? People are beginning to think about that more. So this year’s Farm Aid reflected that a lot.”

Steve asked how hemp might figure into the future for local farmers. I mentioned there was now a legal hemp crop underway in Kentucky. Willie got excited about the topic. He was a longtime supporter of Gatewood Galbraith, a constitutional attorney who ran for governor of Kentucky.

“Go, Gatewood! I think it is a matter of time as people see more uses for hemp. We are talking about hempcrete to replace concrete. It is just as good, just as strong. You can grow it. It’s good for the soul, it’s good for the farmer… . Everything is good about it,” he said.

Ever the political junkie I decided to take a chance and ask about some national figures. Hillary Clinton visited Willie here on the bus the last time she made a presidential run. So I asked about her.

“Oh, I’ve known Hillary for a long time time and I’ve met her a few times on the road,” Willie said with a broad smile. “I hear she’s headed down to Texas here in a few weeks.”

I quipped that she might be going to Iowa and New Hampshire soon, too.

Willie joked, “Well she does have an airplane… .”

Steve went straight to the point, asking if Willie would support her for President.

“Oh, I’d support her in anything she does,” he replied.

So does Willie Nelson think Hillary Clinton would be a friend to marijuana reform?

“I don’t know. I’ve heard her talk about it. It hasn’t been negative… . It hasn’t been completely positive either.”

Chris Goldstein smoked his first joint in 1994 and has been working to legalize marijuana ever since. He serves on the Board of Directors at PhillyNORML and has been covering cannabis news for over a decade. Contact Goldstein at or on Twitter @freedomisgreen