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Willie Nelson’s License to Grow

Sunday, August 28th, 2016


by:  Mary Millus

Willie Nelson recently began his own cannabis brand earlier this year. After purchasing one of Denver’s first pot business’ license to cultivate cannabis and infuse cannabis products. The “Willie’s Reserve” cannabis brand has already debuted in Washington.

After the Nelson family and team’s acquisition of “Denver Relief” the team will begin growing and distributing in Colorado. Nelson has gone from singer to activist to cannabis distributor to cannabis producer, all in one lifetime!

Denver Relief sold their license to grow and produce marijuana-infused products to CMH brands. CMH brands is a “licensee and producer of Willie’s Reserve.”

When asked how they feel about the deal with Nelson’s team and family, Denver Relief co-owner Ean Seeb told us:

“Although the ownership is passing along, the mission and vision of what we were trying to accomplish within Denver Relief is synonymous with what CMH Brands and Willie Nelson are attempting to accomplish.”

Denver Relief’s owners had been reportedly working on the deal with Willie’s team for 6 months. The Denver Relief owners also sold their storefront to Terrapin Care Station, who will be carrying Willie’s Reserve products. On August 8th Willie’s Reserve products will go on sale in Colorado at select stores including Lucy Sky Dispensary, Mindful, Simply Pure and Terrapin Care Station.

Willie’s Vision For Willie’s Reserve

“I’ve smoked enough and I want to give back,” Nelson said. “Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people.”

Nelson’s team wants to begin growing so that they can grow a good portion of the cannabis used in his products. His line of products will include cannabis in flower form, pre-rolled joints, and CO2-extracted cannabis oils in disposable vape pen cartridges. Although many of the Willie’s Reserve products will use cannabis grown by the company in Colorado, not all products will be in-house grown.

Nelson’s team began distribution in Washington by working with small-batch farmers. The team plans to take this same strategy in Colorado. So some products will be grown by small-batch Colorado farmers and the rest will be made in-house.

Co-owner of Denver Relief and his business partners were able to meet with Nelson after his concert at the Fiddler’s Green Amphitheatre in Colorado. They symbolically handed over their set of keys to the singer and briefly shared their original vision for Denver Relief with him. The Denver Relief team left the theatre confident that Willie’s Reserve will carry on their mission.

Willie Nelson has fought for marijuana reform in the past so he’s no stranger to the plant. While serving as co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws, he fought to make marijuana enforcement the lowest priority for many local law enforcers. Nelson has proved himself as an activist who cares about issues that matter. Throughout his career the singer-activist has looked out for others and we hope he carries on this tradition after entering the marijuana business.


Former NFL running back Ricky Williams reveals “I was smoked under the bus” by Willie Nelson

Wednesday, August 10th, 2016
by: Joe DePaulo

Ricky Williams says he once smoked weed with Willie Nelson during his NFL playing days.

On tonight’s episode of Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, the former Miami Dolphins running back admitted that he was “smoked under the bus” by the country music legend.

“I was playing in the NFL, so I was being drug tested twice a week. So I had to be careful about how I did this. And it was embarassing. He smoked me under the bus. Bad. Bad. I was crawling off the bus.”

Willie Nelson grows his own in Colorado #WilliesReserve

Sunday, August 7th, 2016
WASHINGTON, DC - NOVEMBER 06: (AFP OUT) Singer Willie Nelson performs at "A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House" on the South Lawn November 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. The President and First Lady invited music legends, members of the U.S. military, military veterans, and their families to the White House for a celebration of the men and women who serve the United States. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

WASHINGTON, DC – NOVEMBER 06: (AFP OUT) Singer Willie Nelson performs at “A Salute to the Troops: In Performance at the White House” on the South Lawn November 6, 2014 in Washington, DC. The President and First Lady invited music legends, members of the U.S. military, military veterans, and their families to the White House for a celebration of the men and women who serve the United States. (Photo by Olivier Douliery-Pool/Getty Images)

photo: Olivier Douliery-Pool
by:  Ricardo Baca

Willie Nelson and his family and team are legally growing marijuana for the first time in the country singer and legalization activist’s lifetime.

The owners of one of Denver’s oldest marijuana businesses have sold their pot cultivation and infused products licenses to a group representing the country music legend and his new cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve, The Cannabist has learned exclusively.

Denver Relief sold its licenses for growing marijuana and infusing products with cannabis for an undisclosed sum to CMH Brands, a licensee and processor of Willie’s Reserve, according to individuals close to the deal.

Willie’s Reserve Available in Colorado! #WilliesReserve

Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016


History was made in Colorado this weekend!  Willie Nelson’s private line of marijuana, “Willie Reserve” is now on the shelves available for purchase in Colorado, at Lucy Sky,  in Denver located at 2394 S. Broadway Denver, CO 80210.  medical and recreational marijuana dispensary has a Willie’s Reserve store-within-a store.  Their phone number is 720-379-7295 and their website is:

We’ve been excitedly waiting for Willie’s Reserve to become available in Colorado, ever since it became legal here and Willie Nelson announced that he would be offering his own strains of marijuana in dispensaries in Colorado and Washington, the other state where marijuana can be sold to adults, legally.  Willie and his wife Annie and and his official team took a long time, all the time it took time to do all the legal work and State of Colorado requirements, and to organically grow strains that met his approval.

For more information about Willies Reserve, and stores in Washington and Colorado:


And ta-da!  Willie’s Reserve officially launched in Colorado over the weekend, in conjunction with the Willie Nelson & Family Show at Fiddler’s Green, in Denver.   Lucy Sky hosted a soft opening, and invited people to visit their store-within-a store.  Willie’s Reserve will officially be available for purchase to the public this Thursday, August 4th.  Willie’s Reserve will eventually be available in additional dispensaries around the state.

The store was still being stocked, but has a beautiful display of Willie Nelson albums, photos, guitars,  and a friendly staff.


This was our highly informed and friendly bud tender at Lucy Sky.  If you are  21 or older, and can prove it with a driver’s license or state id,  you can purchase two ounces of Willie’s Reserve strains, if you live in Colorado, and one ounce if you are visiting from out of state.  (I guess the state of Colorado assumes that we Coloradans can handle two ounces, as opposed to the out-of-state- tourists who had better only have one ounce.)


I tried the “Red Headed Stranger” strain ( I had to — didn’t I?)  It is  sold in pairs in these cool twin containers, souvenirs for sure.  All the packaging makes cool souvenirs.  I smoke a lot, and this was as strong as anything I’ve ever tried, and I like the diesel’s and the blue dream and try all the strong strains I come across.  It’s a true Sativa, which makes me want to clean house or hang out with friends all night, as opposed to ‘Let’ sit on the couch and binge watch something on Netflix’ .




It’s a beautiful store.







“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.