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Willie Nelson lauches CBD Coffee

Sunday, February 10th, 2019

Willie Nelson launches CBD infused cofffee

Wednesday, February 6th, 2019

Willie Nelson’s Remedy: Hemp-Infused Coffee

Monday, February 4th, 2019

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by:  Steve Bloom

lways a huge fan of hemp, Willie Nelson has launched a new line of hemp-infused products starting with WIllie’s Remedy Whole Bean Coffee.

“Hemp production in America was stifled for so long, but it could now make all the difference for small independent farmers,” Nelson says. “Hemp isn’t just good for our farmers and our economy, it’s good for our soil, our environment and our health.”

The coffee blend is sourced from three different Colombian beans and infused with full-spectrum hemp oil from Colorado. Each eight-ounce cup contains seven mg of hemp CBD.

“We first organized Farm Aid in 1985 to call attention to the loss of family farms and raise funds to keep farm families on their land,” Mr. Nelson adds. “I’ve worked with these communities for decades. When it comes to creating sustainable jobs for American farmers and manufacturers, hemp is the answer.”

Nelson and his wife Annie (above) founded Willie’s Reserve, a line of cannabis products available in legal states, in 2015. But Willie’s Remedy is different, Annie

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Willie Nelson honored at Emerald Cup (Sunday, Dec. 16, 2018)

Saturday, December 15th, 2018

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As a longtime cannabis activist, Nelson has been an advocate for both the consumption and legalization of marijuana and is the creator of his own recreational cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve. Nelson, a Texas native with a long and well-known career as a singer, songwriter, author, poet and actor, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. The Emerald Cup will also honor Nelson by renaming the annual award to the Willie Nelson Award for future honorees.

Willie will be honored as the recipient of an award during our Award Ceremony taking place on Sunday from 2-4 to 3-4:30pm.

The 2018 Emerald Cup will mark Nelson’s first-ever appearance at a large-scale cannabis event.

Willie Nelson to receive first annual Willie Nelson Award, at Emerald Cup (Sunday, Dec. 16)

Friday, November 30th, 2018

As a longtime cannabis activist, Nelson has been an advocate for both the consumption and legalization of marijuana and is the creator of his own recreational cannabis company, Willie’s Reserve. Nelson, a Texas native with a long and well-known career as a singer, songwriter, author, poet and actor, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. The Emerald Cup will also honor Nelson by renaming the annual award to the Willie Nelson Award for future honorees.

Willie will be honored as the recipient of an award during our Award Ceremony taking place on Sunday, December 16, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m.

The 2018 Emerald Cup will mark Nelson’s first-ever appearance at a large-scale cannabis event.

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by:  Estephany Gonzalez

At this point, the Emerald Cup needs little introduction. Over the past 15 years, the phenomenon has flourished into a booming cannabis event commemorating community culture beyond growing and cultivating plants.

Aside from bringing together farmers and out-of-town cannabis enthusiasts each year, the Emerald Cup also brings big-name music acts to town that get better each year. Last year, Grammy award-winning band Portugal. The Man performed alongside a list of acts, including BottleRock favorites Bob Moses and Trip-hop music producer Gramatik.

With an ever-growing number of daily activities, the 2018 Emerald Cup features a long list of speakers, vendors and most impressively an appearance by country music legend Willie Nelson, who founded a recreational cannabis company named Willie’s Reserve and is set to receive an award for his work within the cannabis industry.

Among the plethora of live music over the course of two days, this year’s acts include diverse musical genres appealing to a variety of different musical tastes.

On Saturday, guests can catch Manhattan folk-punks Gogol Bordello, with upbeat energetic songs like “My Companjera” off 2010’s “Trans-Continental Hustle” and “Mishto” from the 2005 album “Gypsy Punks: Underdog World Strike.” Or, if smooth hip-hop tunes are more your speed, Jurassic 5 and Ozomatli co-founder Chali 2na will also be performing.

Sunday night may appeal to electronic music fans with acts like Big Gigantic and Sound Tribe Sector 9 (STS9) whom are bound to start a dance party but also offers something for the Americana crowd via songstress Margo Price, with country tunes such as “Hurtin’ (On the Bottle)” about drinking whisky like it’s water.

Other notable acts to catch include Protoje, Dirty Dozen Brass Band, Antibalas and Lyrics Born. Make sure to log on to the Emerald Cup website for the full musical lineup and an update on set times.

Tip: “Mallrats,” “Chasing Amy” and “Dogma” film fans should make sure to pick up tickets for Saturday because Kevin Smith and Jason Mewes are set for a Jay and Silent Bob comedy performance.

Details: 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Dec. 15 -16, Sonoma County Fairgrounds, 1350 Bennett Valley Road, Santa Rosa. $80-$499. theemeraldcup.com

Willie Nelson the Most Important Marijuana User

Thursday, November 15th, 2018

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by:  Chris Roberts

“Hey hey, my my” is a Neil Young song, but by all indications, it is Willie Nelson who will never die.

Nelson will turn 86 years old in April, but he has years ago eased into a sort of timelessness. The Texas-living godfather of outlaw country still tours constantly, still finds time to engage in politics, and still smokes copious amounts of cannabis. The sun rises, the sun sets, and the Willie Nelson tour bus heads to the next town, a trail of terpene-scented smoke in its wake.

He is a country and popular music icon–he’s been recording and touring since the 1950s, but Willie Nelson is also a very real and very effective positive role model for marijuana use. Here is an enormously successful celebrity, from a not very progressive state, in what should be the twilight of his years, who still looks and sounds pretty good and appears to be in reasonably good health, who smokes weed constantly.

This is no accident. At least some of this longevity he attributes directly marijuana. (Since Nelson credits weed for helping him quit smoking cigarettes, even the most skeptical pro-prohibition doctor may find it hard to dispute that). Willie Nelson is a strong argument that all the Reefer Madness tropes that survive in our society are completely untrue. When (not if, friends, but when) Texas legalizes marijuana and elects a progressive to statewide office, maybe on the same day, Willie Nelson will have played a key role.

And, yes, fine, he is a stoner icon. Willie Nelson smokes weed just about everywhere and with everyone. He has out-smoked Snoop Dogg and apparently got stoned on the roof of the White House. Look: Willie Nelson might not exist without marijuana. And without Willie Nelson, marijuana culture would be very different.

This is all to say that when Willie Nelson shows up at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, California on Sunday, Dec. 16, to receive an “honorary award” at the Emerald Cup, it will be only right, fitting and proper. And when all future honorees at the Emerald Cup receive an award, they will be handed the rechristened “Willie Nelson Award.” That, too, feels appropriate.

“We have a great deal of respect and admiration for Willie, who is graciously allowing the cup to honor future individuals with an award that will remain in his name,” said longtime Emerald Triangle cannabis cultivator and icon Tim Blake, who founded the Emerald Cup with some friends 15 years ago and has built it into arguably the biggest and most prestigious marijuana-awards show/product exposition on the growing marijuana-show circuit. “An unwavering ability to stand true in his beliefs and refusal to accept society’s rigid set of rules are only part of what makes Willie the perfect individual to be recognized as a hero to the cannabis world.”

This also marks a transition for the Emerald Cup’s award. Past honorees have generally come strictly from the marijuana world, like hemp advocate Jack Herer or medical-marijuana pioneer Dennis Peron. Skeptics or rude cynics might sniff and wonder if the addition of Willie to these ranks doesn’t represent a bend towards commercialism, as he has lent his image and acumen to two recreational marijuana brands. Maybe? The point is that marijuana legalization is an easier sell in red states, and some of the credit is due to Willie Nelson.

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Willie Nelson to be honored by The Emerald Cup

Tuesday, November 6th, 2018

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www.WeedNews.com
by: Johnny Green

The Emerald Cup (the “Cup”) one of the cannabis industry’s premier culture and awards events, announced today that Willie Nelson will be honored as the recipient of an honorary award at the 15th annual cannabis celebration. The award will be given during a ceremony taking place on December 16 from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the Sonoma County Fairgrounds in Santa Rosa, Calif. The 2018 Emerald Cup will mark Nelson’s first-ever appearance at a large-scale cannabis event.

Nelson, a relevant and progressive musical and cultural force with a six-decade career and over 200 albums, is the creative genius behind the historic recordings of Crazy, Red Headed Stranger, and Stardust. As a longtime cannabis activist, he has been an advocate for both the consumption and legalization of marijuana and is the creator of his own recreational cannabis companies, Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy. The Emerald Cup will also honor Nelson by renaming the annual award to the Willie Nelson Award for future honorees.

In recent years, he has delivered more than a dozen new album releases, released a Top 10 New York Times’ bestsellers book, again headlined Farm Aid, an event he co-founded in 1985, received his fifth degree black belt in Gong Kwon Yu Sul and headlined the annual Luck Reunion food and music festival at his ranch in Luck, TX during SXSW. Nelson, a Texas native with a long and well-known career as a singer, songwriter, author, poet and actor, was inducted into the Country Music Hall of Fame in 1993. In 2015, the Library of Congress honored him with their Gershwin Prize for Popular Song for his contributions to popular music—making him the first-ever country artist to receive the distinguished award.

“We have a great deal of respect and admiration for Willie, who is graciously allowing the Cup to honor future individuals with an award that will remain in his name,” said Tim Blake, Founder and Producer of the Emerald Cup. “An unwavering ability to stand true in his beliefs and refusal to accept society’s rigid set of rules are only part of what makes Willie the perfect individual to be recognized as a hero to the cannabis world.”

Past honorees of the award include Pebbles Trippet, Eddy Lepp, Valarie Corral, Jack Herer, Ed Rosenthal, Tony Serra, Dennis Peron, Debby Goldsberry, Martin Lee, Mikki Norris, Chris Conrad, Fred Garner, Dale Geringer and Steph Sherer.

The Emerald Cup has grown into one of the largest, most influential cannabis events of the year and features a highly-curated experience for cannabis enthusiasts from around the world. Beyond its headlining musical acts, this year’s lineup features a variety of presentations from industry experts, artists and educators. Attendees will also have access to an array of exhibitors and retailers offering food, products and entertainment. Additional musical acts and artists will be announced over the coming weeks.

The annual cannabis celebration, taking place on December 15 through 16, will also continue its careful and elaborate judging process, which spans across multiple categories including flowers, concentrates, edibles, CO2 cartridges, topicals and a range of CBD categories. The contest intake dates run from October 15 to November 18, 2018.

Tickets are available for purchase through the Emerald Cup website, as well as ticket retailer Eventbrite. Weekend passes start at $120 and attendees must be over the age of 21. This year’s event will be a celebration of the new ways of thinking and living within cannabis culture.

FESTIVAL DETAILS
The 15th Annual Emerald Cup
Dates: Saturday, December 15, 2018 – Sunday December 16, 2018
Time: Doors open at 10 a.m. PST
Venue: Sonoma County Fairgrounds
Address: 1350 Bennett Valley Rd, Santa Rosa, CA 95404
Admission: Varies // Weekend Pass Starts at $120
Age restrictions: 21+

Purchase Links: 
General Admission
https://emeraldcup2018.eventbrite.com

VIP Emerald Passes & Travel Packages
https://www.cidentertainment.com/events/emerald-cup/

Connect:
Emerald Cup – Website
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About The Emerald Cup
The Emerald Cup was created in 2003 to advance the concept of sustainable and organic cultivation through competition between the finest sun-grown organic cannabis. Its reputation is firmly solidified as the largest, most respected, organic, outdoor, medicinal cannabis competition in the world. The Emerald Cup prides itself in bringing together experts and educators in the cannabis field to our fellow farmers, patients, and patrons each year. It is a community celebration that has grown to become a global movement honoring the year’s finest, organic, sun-grown, medicinal cannabis harvest.

Willie’s Remedy

Saturday, September 15th, 2018

“It’s two of my favorites, together in the perfect combination,” said Nelson in a statement. “Like coffee, cannabis is a plant that works for me.”

“It’s two of my favorites, together in the perfect combination,” said Nelson in a statement. “Like coffee, cannabis is a plant that works for me.”

Second chances, Ethan Hawke and Willie Nelson

Thursday, September 6th, 2018

Ethan Hawke tells Jimmy Fallon about his chance to smoke a joint with Willie Nelson.

Willie Nelson on the Cover of the Rolling Stone (again) (August 2014)

Monday, August 6th, 2018

Rolling Stone
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Willie Nelson’s new CBD Infused Coffee, “Willie’s Remedy”

Tuesday, July 17th, 2018

Willie Nelson to launch new line of cannabis products, starting with coffee.

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by: Tiney Ricciardi

Country music legend Willie Nelson got into the cannabis business in 2015 with a proprietary strain of marijuana. Now, Texas’ favorite stoner is expanding his brand to include several CBD products.

Monday, Nelson announced Willie’s Remedy, a line that includes several items rich in cannabidiol (CBD). CBD is a derivative of hemp, and unlike the tetrahydrocannabinol compound found in marijuana, it won’t get it you high. CBD has, however, been lauded for its health benefits.

Willie’s Remedy will debut with a CBD-infused coffee, which is expected to be available in Colorado in September. According to a statement, the whole beans include CBD sourced from organically grown, American hemp. Drinkers get 5 milligrams of CBD in each 8-ounce cup of coffee.

“It’s two of my favorites, together in the perfect combination,” said Nelson in a statement. “Like coffee, cannabis is a plant that works for me.”

Willie’s Remedy is a counterpart to Willie’s Reserve, a strain of marijuana the singer launched in 2015. Both are owned by GCH, Inc., a Nelson-founded company that also recently partnered with New Belgium Brewing Co. to promote a beer called The Hemporer, which is made with hemp hearts. (P.S. It smells just like weed.) $1 from every beer sold supports the Hemp 4 Victory campaign, which aims to reform regulation to include industrial hemp as a leading agricultural crop and dismantle the taboo surrounding it.

Nelson’s wife, Annie D’Angelo, also has a proprietary line of THC edibles, including chocolates and lozenges.

You won’t find any Willie’s Reserve buds in Texas, but the CBD line could become available. CBD was only legalized here for medicinal use for epilepsy patients in 2015, however, several businesses sell brownies and other “edibles” made with the oil. Hemp wine debuted earlier this year, too, though it uses oil made from the hemp plant’s seed rather than the stalk, where CBD is extracted.

Willie Nelson joins New Belgium Brewing, and Vote Hemp to highlight economic benefits of hemp

Thursday, July 5th, 2018

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by:  Thomas Mitchell

It’s not quite baseball and apple pie, but the list of combinations more American than beer, agriculture and country music is a short one. So the fireworks were in full effect when the trio of New Belgium Brewing, GCH Inc. (Willie Nelson’s legal cannabis company) and the Vote Hemp organization announced their partnership on Tuesday, July 3, to highlight the plant’s economic benefits and call for federal and state reform.

Expected to officially launch today, July 4, the American Hemp Campaign wants to encourage hemp farming in America by talking with lawmakers, industry influencers and the public about the economic benefits of domestic hemp production. Although state-legal programs helped push Americans to purchase at least $820 million worth of hemp products in 2017, according to the Hemp Business Journal, the plant still doesn’t have the full federal approval of other agricultural products like cotton or wheat thanks to hemp’s kinship with psychoactive marijuana plants.

The U.S. Senate passed the FARM bill last week, which includes provisions to legalize the cultivation, processing and sale of hemp. However, the bill must be merged with its counterpart in the House of Representatives during a bicameral conference committee before reaching President Donald Trump, so fully legalized hemp isn’t here just yet. Until then, the industrial-hemp industry — particularly the cannabidiol (CBD) sector — won’t be in the clear from potential prosecution by the Drug Enforcement Administration.

oth companies partnering with the campaign are familiar with the cannabis plant. New Belgium released its Hemperor HPA, a pale ale with a hemp base and stanky aroma, earlier in 2018, while GCH owns Willie’s Reserve, the commercial cannabis manufacturer offering products in Colorado, California, Nevada, Oregon and Washington. New Belgium distributes to all fifty states, and each has its own policies regarding hemp. According to New Belgium CEO Steve Fechheimer, this caused a variety of obstacles to releasing its hemp-friendly beer.

“At New Belgium we launched a hemp-based beer, the Hemperor HPA, this spring, and the regulatory hurdles to get to market just seemed outrageously outdated and onerous,” Fechheimer says. “Beer is an agricultural product, and we see hemp as a potentially game-changing ingredient in brewing, so we are proud to take a stand along with Willie and the Vote Hemp folks to get these laws updated to benefit beer drinkers and farmers across the country.”

Although the Red Headed Stranger himself couldn’t be reached for comment, GCH CEO Andrew Davison says in a statement that Nelson believes in the “importance of industrial hemp to help farmers, the environment and society,” and discusses the topic frequently. “We’re an American cannabis company, working to build his vision across all sectors of cannabis. We want to see hemp agriculture flourish in the U.S. again,” Davison adds.

Each of the participating entities will work to get other like-minded businesses and organizations involved in the campaign with the help of VS Strategies, the public-affairs arm of Denver-based cannabis law firm Vicente Sederberg.

Margo Price to Launch Pot Strain With Willie Nelson

Thursday, June 28th, 2018

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As if Margo Price doesn’t already have enough cred, she can now add a special ordainment from the godfather himself: Her own special strain of Willie’s Reserve, the personal marijuana brand of Willie Nelson.

All American Made singer-songwriter’s strain is yet to be named or given a release date. “It was like, ‘Guys, some [musicians] want to sell clothes on the Home Shopping Network, but I want to sell weed.’ I just wanted to do it legally this time,” Price recalls. The opportunity to get involved stemmed from an invitation to a weed tasting at Nelson’s Luck Reunion party, held outside Austin, Texas, during South By Southwest. “I hope that it’s just the first of a venture that will lead to my being more involved in weed [retail].”

Besides adding that her strain will be indica, “which is great for [her] insomnia,” Price also admitted that she can see her outspoken views on legalization making her a target at her home in Tennessee. “Yeah, its kinda reached a point where I’ve started wondering if my house is going to get raided,” she says.

Selling cannabis-related products isn’t the only thing Price and Nelson are up to this summer. She’s also making select appearance on his Outlaw Music Festival Tour, but their next appearance on the same bill takes place on July 4th in Austin, Texas, for Nelson’s annual Fourth of July Picnic at Circuit of the Americas.

WIllie’s Reserve in Silverton

Monday, June 4th, 2018


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Getting high with Willie Nelson (who could resist?)

Monday, May 14th, 2018

www.Statesman.com
By:  Dave Thomas

Peer pressure must be something when that peer is Willie Nelson.

Only yesterday we shared a story about how Willie hectored Woody Harrelson into smoking weed again after a (somewhat) two-year break. Not that it was a huge challenge … “Every once in a while you’re going to have something edible. Let’s be real, I’m not a nun,” Harrelson said.

But Willie didn’t stop there. He also made a pot smoker out of retired NBA coach Don Nelson.

Whoa … Nellie?

Don Nelson, NBA
Photo:  Alex Williams

Yes, that’s what happens when you live in Hawaii alongside Willie and Woody and Owen Wilson and play lots of poker with them. In a recent interview with The New York Times, the former Dallas Mavericks coach touched on a range of subjects — current and past NBA teams, Hawaii, a daughter he didn’t know about for decades — but Willie comes up where you’d expect him …

“I didn’t smoke (marijuana) until maybe three or four years ago. I never smoked when I was coaching. I just started. Willie got me smoking.”

The New York Times reporter didn’t seem surprised.

“I didn’t think I’d ever be a pot smoker, but hanging out with Willie and Woody and guys like that … It just became kind of natural,” the coach said.

In case you were wondering, Don Nelson — who has his own medical card for old athletic injuries — grows his own strain called “Nellie Kush.”

Now the question is, who is Willie going to target next?