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Willie’s Reserve by Willie Nelson

Thursday, January 21st, 2016

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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.

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

Saturday, January 9th, 2016

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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

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www.dailynews.com
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
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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.)

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. 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

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Willie’s Reserve get’s private equity backing

Thursday, October 15th, 2015

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by:  Thomas Dunford

The Red Headed Stranger just scored some green, in more ways than one.

A New York private equity firm is backing country singer and songwriter Willie Nelson’s endeavor to sell marijuana in Colorado and Washington.

Tuatara Capital is leading an investor group financing the Willie’s Reserve cannabis brand for sale in the two states’ recreational markets, “and also other states as regulations allow,” according to a news release.

“We’re really excited to partner with someone like Willie, who embodies this spirit of American entrepreneurship and conviction to a cause,” said Tuatara Chief Investment Officer Al Foreman.

Mr. Nelson announced the Willie’s Reserve effort earlier this year, telling the Guardian, “I’ve bought a lot of pot over the years, and now I’m going to sell some back.

Mr. Foreman said Tuatara was introduced to the Willie’s Reserve team as a potential financial sponsor several months ago. Other participants in the transaction include a mix of institutional and individual investors, Mr. Foreman said.

Mr. Nelson, famed for such songs as “On the Road Again” and “Crazy,” has long been known as an outspoken advocate for—and user of—marijuana. He is a co-chairman of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws advisory board and in 2010 launched the TeaPot political party under the motto “Tax it, regulate it and legalize it!”

The latter movement arose from one of Mr. Nelson’s several arrests over the years on charges of marijuana possession after a sheriff in Texas found about six ounces of the substance on his tour bus in November 2010. The singer entered a “no contest” plea to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia, agreeing to pay a $500 fine without jail time.

The Willie’s Reserve brand will be grown, distributed and sold by local businesses in Colorado and Washington, the release said. The two states in 2012 passed ballot measures to make the growing, transportation, sale and possession of cannabis for recreational use legal on the state level. The drug remains a Schedule I controlled substance as defined by the U.S. Controlled Substances Act, meaning the federal government maintains it has “no currently accepted medical use.”

In November, voters in Oregon and Alaska approved the retail sale of marijuana for recreational use. Dispensaries in Oregon can begin selling recreational cannabis starting Oct. 1. A similarly taxed and regulated market isn’t expected to be up and running in Alaska until next year.

Launching as a Pacific Northwest-based venture, the Willie’s Reserve brand will look to potentially expand into those developing markets, and is “also keenly looking to the other states that are looking to put adult recreational-use measures on the ballot in the 2016 election year,” Mr. Foreman said.

Nevada has approved the inclusion of a recreational-marijuana measure on its 2016 ballot, and advocates are working on similar proposals in states such as Arizona, Maine, Massachusetts, California, Michigan, Missouri and Florida.

Launched in 2014, Tuatara focuses exclusively on investments in the legal cannabis industry. The firm states on its website that it will “only support companies operating legally in states with cannabis regulatory schemes that comply with the guidance that has been issued by the U.S. Department of Justice.”

The Justice Department in February 2014 released guidelines for financial institutions offering services to marijuana businesses that comply with state laws. Such financial institutions won’t face federal prosecution under the current administration as long as the businesses they deal with avoid selling cannabis to minors, agree not to divert marijuana to states where it remains illegal, and avoid the use of firearms or violence to sell their product.

The Willie’s Reserve transaction is the first investment for Tuatara, said Mr. Foreman, a former managing director with Highbridge Principal Strategies LLC.

The firm’s other principals include Mark Zittman, a former senior managing director at Guggenheim Partners Capital Markets Group; Marc Riiska, formerly a senior director at SS&C Technologies Inc.; and Robert Hunt, a Colorado attorney and founder of cannabis consulting firm Consult Canna.

As of the end of July, Tuatara had raised $25.8 million toward its debut fund, Tuatara Capital Fund I LP, according to a filing with the Securities and Exchange Commission.

Financial terms of the firm’s investment in Willie’s Reserve weren’t disclosed, but Mr. Foreman said the firm is focusing on growth-stage investments in companies with proven management.

“We’re looking for teams that have built companies previously,” Mr. Foreman said. “We’re not really focused on early-stage risk with this industry. Our goal is to support the types of operators and high-quality teams that have established businesses and who know the compliance environment.”

Willie’s Reserve isn’t the first celebrity-branded cannabis line to attract the attention of an alternative investment manager. In November, Privateer Holdings Inc., a firm focused on legal marijuana and related projects, teamed up with the family of the late reggae singer Bob Marley to launch the Marley Natural line of cannabis products.

Privateer earlier this year closed a $75 million funding round with the support of Founders Fund, the firm co-founded by early Facebook Inc. backer Peter Thiel.

Write to Thomas Dunford at thomas.dunford@wsj.com

Willie’s Reserve

Friday, October 2nd, 2015
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Willie Nelson and NORML

Friday, August 14th, 2015

NORML Advisory Board

We are also very grateful to the late Hunter S. Thompson, Robert Altman, and John Morgan, M.D. for their years of support.

By lending their name to the organization, advisory board members provide added credibility and create new opportunities for NORML to get our message out to the media. The battle for the hearts and minds of the public is largely fought in the media, and a prestigious advisory board assures NORML greater access to those who shape public opinion.

More importantly, the inclusion of respected individuals on the advisory board sends the message to tens of millions of Americans who smoke marijuana responsibly that it is culturally safe for them to speak out on this important issue. When prominent Americans demonstrate the courage to challenge current policies, average Americans are empowered to do the same.

In addition to lending their name to the cause, advisory board members will appear with NORML when we announce new advertising campaigns, urge support for a particular piece of legislation, or launch a new program. Members will also be featured at NORML Conferences and other high profile events.

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Willie Nelson

Singer and Songwriter

Nadine Strossen, Esq., Co-Chair

Nadine Strossen, Esq., Co-Chair

President, American Civil Liberties Union

David Boaz

David Boaz

Executive Vice-President, Cato Institute

Tommy Chong

Tommy Chong

Comedian, Actor, Director, Author

Valerie Corral

Valerie Corral

Co/founder, Wo/Men’s Alliance for Medical Marijuana

Ann Druyan

Ann Druyan

Television and Movie Producer

Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich

Columnist and Author

Greta Gaines

Greta Gaines

Musician and Television Host

Terence Hallinan, Esq.

Terence Hallinan, Esq.

San Francisco District Attorney

Frank Lucido, M.D.

Frank Lucido, M.D.

Physician

Bill Maher

Bill Maher

Comedian and Social Satirist

Ron Mann

Ron Mann

Documentary Filmmaker

Kary Mullis, Ph.D.

1993 Nobel Laureate (Chemistry)

Norm Stamper

Norm Stamper

Former Chief of Police

Mark Stepnoski

Mark Stepnoski

Former NFL star

Clifford W. Thornton, Jr.

Clifford W. Thornton, Jr.

Founder, Efficacy, Inc.

Robert T. Vaughn, Esq.

Robert T. Vaughn, Esq.

Attorney at Law, Nashville, Tennessee

“Willie Nelson: tireless champion of small farmers, civil liberties, the environment, common sense and the common good.” — Jim Hightower

Sunday, August 2nd, 2015

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By Jim Hightower
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Winston-Salem Journal

With marijuana prohibition finally ending in states and cities across the land — including full legalization in Alaska, Colorado, Washington State, Oregon and Washington, D.C. — who could be better than my friend Willie Nelson to lead the way for weed quality and social responsibility?

The iconic musician and intrepid fighter for justice has announced that he’ll market his own marijuana brand, “Willie’s Reserve,” and open a group of stores selling top-quality pot and paraphernalia.

“I feel like I was buying so much of it, it’s time to start selling it back,” Willie said of his new weed venture. “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.”

A tireless champion of small farmers, civil liberties, the environment, common sense and the common good, Nelson plans to start rolling out his stores and products this year, and he’ll expand further as state laws allow. In the typical Willie way, the stores will be “the anti-Wal-Mart model,” with a core purpose of helping expand the market for small, energy-efficient, environmentally sound growers.

Over the years I’ve cited Willie’s work in calling for legalization and restoration of hemp farming in America. I’ve also called repeatedly for an end to the Orwellian, Kafkaesque drug war that’s criminalized the cannabis equivalent of cocktail hour. Around 700,000 people are arrested each year for marijuana-related offenses.

And now, I salute the innumerable grassroots activists who’ve steadily pushed America from the darkness of reefer madness to being able to light up a Willie without getting busted.

Jim Hightower is the editor of the newsletter The Hightower Lowdown

 

Willie’s Reserve Shirt – limited edition/ original artwork by Micah Nelson

Saturday, August 1st, 2015

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Order this LIMITED EDITION tee designed by renowned artist Micah Nelson in celebration of the recent announcement of Willie’s personal brand of marijuana.

A portion of the proceeds will benefit “The Realm Of The Caring” (http://theroc.us/).

Available while supplies last.

Shirt details : 4.5 oz., preshrunk 100% certified organic ringspun cotton

Get yours here.

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

Thursday, July 23rd, 2015

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www.KSAT.com
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

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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

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Willie’s Reserve

Monday, May 4th, 2015

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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.”

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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

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