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Willie Nelson honored with the Willie Nelson award at 2018 Emerald Cup (12/16/18)

Monday, December 16th, 2019
by:  David Downs

You know the old cliché: “Everyone who entered is a winner.”

But that was the stone cold truth last weekend north of San Francisco at the 15th annual Emerald Cup cannabis competition, expo, and smoke-out.

Every single entrant in the massive contest survived the test of California adult use cannabis legalization and implementation. It was a year where more than half of the pre-existing medical cannabis industry got wiped out by local regulations. Three-quarters of the cities in the state have banned legal cannabis activity.

“We have gone through quite a whirlwind,” said Carter Lash, founder of award-winning topical maker C.A.D. “But we’re happy to be here. It’s a big change for everyone and we’re trying to stay positive. A lot of people weren’t able to be here.”

Multi-generational farmers as well as industry newbies traded war stories and harvest buds with thrilled attendees Saturday and Sunday.

An award ceremony Sunday afternoon doled out trophies to the best California cannabis products in 24 categories. Willie Nelson popped in for a lifetime achievement award and director Kevin Smith busted up the crowd with a NSFW podcast taping.

Willie Nelson holds up his award, a custom Bluegrass “lamp” bubbler. Cup organizer Tim Blake has been trying to book Willie for years. (David Downs/Leafly)

Willie Nelson, Nathanial Rateliff team with cannabis line #WilliesReserve

Sunday, December 15th, 2019

photo: Janis Tillerson

Singer-songwriter Willie Nelson and Denver’s own Nathaniel Rateliff have teamed up to promote a new line of cannabis products ahead of Rateliff’s annual holiday concerts, cannabis PR agency Grasslands said this week.

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The new strain of cannabis flower is part of Willie’s Reserve: The Nightstache Collection, which also includes a vaping cartridge that launched in August just before Rateliff’s annual Red Rocks concerts. The strain is “hand-selected from local grower AJ’s Craft Cannabis,” according to Grasslands, and was made available starting Dec. 11 to promote Rateliff and his band The Night Sweats’ Dec. 13-14 concerts at Mission Ballroom.

“I’m not smoking anymore, but I’m not smoking any less either.” — Willie Nelson

Saturday, December 7th, 2019

Willie squashes the rumors.

Willie says no to tobacco

Wednesday, December 4th, 2019
By:  Julie Mazziotta

Willie Nelson told a Texas TV station that he no longer smokes, sparking speculation that he stopped smoking marijuana.

Nelson’s publicist Elaine Schock tells PEOPLE he does indeed “still taste the flower.”  “Willie doesn’t smoke any more or any less [weed],” Schock says.

Schock confirmed that he no longer smokes cigarettes, clarifying what Nelson told KSAT in San Antonio on Monday.

“I don’t smoke anymore. I take better care of myself,” the 86-year-old country music legend said.

Over the summer, he had to cancel his tour due to a “breathing problem.”

“I have abused my lungs quite a bit in the past, so breathing is a little more difficult these days and I have to be careful,” he said. “I’ve mistreated my lungs since I was [young]. I started smoking cedar bark, went from that to cigarettes to whatever. And that almost killed me.”

But Nelson is still very much alive, even if rumors started circulating that he was near death after he had to cancel his shows.
“I don’t give a s—,” about the rumors, Nelson said. “I’m here, I’m glad to be here. I’m lucky to be here.”

And continuing to tour is actually helping him, Nelson said.
“Singing out there for an hour is a good workout,” he said. “Your lungs are the biggest muscle you’ve got. So when you’re out there working, you are working out.”

Nelson is a well-documented fan of weed, and even has his own curated line of marijuana called Willie’s Reserve.

“I feel like I bought so much, it’s time to start selling it back!” he said in 2015.

He even convinced Woody Harrelson to start smoking pot again after the actor took a 2-year break.

“He was never comfortable with me quitting, it just bothered him,” Harrelson said in May 2018. “I would always say, ‘Willie you know I’m not smoking,’ He would always do the same thing like he was hearing it for the first time, ‘Oh really? Sorry!’ This happened like 500 times.”

But after a poker game, Nelson got Harrelson to smoke up.

“I was in a celebratory mood and he hands me that pin and I was just snatched and it was like ‘ah, f— it,’ ” Harrelson said. “I take a big draw of it and he says ‘Welcome home, son.’ ”

Willie’s Reserve partners with Nathaniel Rateliff, on “Nightstache” cannabis

Tuesday, August 27th, 2019
photo: Janis Tillerson
by: John Wenzel

Willie’s Reserve, the Denver-based cannabis brand from singer-songwriter Willie Nelson, recently unveiled its first partnership with a Colorado musician.

Soul-revival band Nathaniel Rateliff & the Night Sweats has lent its name to a line of Willie’s Reserve vape pens made with “a high-quality strain of cannabis, known as Cherry AK.” The 500-milligram distillate cartridges are available at eight LivWell shops in Denver, Garden City and Fort Collins, according to Willie’s Reserve.

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“(Willie) met the guys at Farm Aid 2016, which was their first year playing that event, and that day was all a conversation about agriculture. And nothing has energized agriculture in America like the legalization of cannabis,” said Elizabeth Hogan, a co-founder of GCH Inc., the company that owns and runs the Willie’s Reserve and Willie’s Remedy brands. “Ever since then, we’ve talked about what it means, and they’ve expressed interest along the way in doing this.”

Willie’s Reserve was looking to partner with a band making an impact with both its music and its advocacy, Hogan said. Rateliff’s act — which rose to national prominence in 2015 with the upbeat single “S.O.B.” — fit that bill, thanks in part to The Marigold Project, a nonprofit Rateliff founded to work for social and economic justice.

“We are such fans of what those guys are doing in the world,” Hogan said. “It’s impressive that this band on the big rise is taking the time and effort to have those conversations.”

The timing of the Cherry AK cartridge debut is no accident, either. Having released a pair of studio albums and a live album from Red Rocks Amphitheatre, Rateliff and his band also opened for The Rolling Stones at Broncos Stadium at Mile High on Aug. 10 and have an already sold-out two-night headlining stint at Red Rocks on Aug. 21 and 22. Harnessing the publicity surrounding those events helps not only potential Colorado sales but also sales in future markets.

“They’re excited to launch their project in Colorado because it’s their home, but the intention is to bring this collection to other states,” Hogan said.

Colorado is currently the No. 1 market for Willie’s Reserve products. Since launching in August 2016, more than 1.2 million Willie’s Reserve Ready Roll joints have been sold here, and the brand is currently available in about 180 shops statewide, according to the company. Moreover, the volume of Willie’s Reserve vape products sold in Colorado has grown 120 percent year-over-year, the company said, although it declined to share revenue numbers.

“Our best-moving items are half-gram vape cartridges and eighths of packaged flower, but ready-rolls have been really, really popular, and we’re bringing new edibles pretty soon,” Hogan said.

Willie Nelson Busted at 61 (Star Magazine May 24, 1994)

Friday, May 24th, 2019

Star Magazine
by Alex Burton
May 24, 1994

Willie Nelson was arrested in Hewitt, Texas, on May 10, after police found him asleep in the back of his Mercedes and discovered a bag of marijuana in his car.

Nelson, 61, claims he was returning home after a poker game when he pulled off the road due to bad weather.

“I played all night and was driving back to Austin,” says Nelson.  It was foggy, so I pulled to the side of the road to sleep, and the policemen found me.”

A Hewitt police report says officers “saw a man lying in the back seat who appeared to be asleep.  While looking in the vehicle, officers observed a hand-rolled cigarrette in the ashtray.”

“The officers tapped on the window.  The subject sat up, opened the door and identified himself as Willie Nelson.”

The report adds, “The officers believed the cigarette in the ashtray to be marijuana, and Mr. Nelson was placed under arrest for possession of marijuana under 2 ounces.”

“Mr. Nelson advised the officers there was additional marijuana in the vehicle.  A bag was found which contained a substance believed to be marijuana.”

Nelson was taken to the McLennan County Jail in Waco and held for two hours before posting bail.

“Mr. Nelson was turned over to the booking officers there.  Standard procedure is to fingerprint and photograph the individual and collect the person’s property,” says Hewitt Police Lt. Wilbert Wachtendorf.

“After his release, he returned to the station here in Hewitt, and retrieved his car, credit cards and cash.

“I was in the station when Mr. Nelson returned.  He actually shook the hands of the two arresting officers.  He was in good spirits, and seemed to be a nice individual.”

The charge against Nelsion is a Class B misdemeanor and the case will be referred to the local district attorney.

Willie Nelson featured in hemp pop-up book

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

It’s 2019, and cannabis is finally becoming accepted as a recreational activity worthy of one of the fastest growing business industries in the country. With more states legalizing the medical and recreational use of weed, filmmakers, musicians, agriculturalists, entrepreneurs, and even artists are using their skills to pay tribute to the world’s most wonderful plant.

With this year’s 4/20 holiday quickly approaching, it’s okay to take some time out of the day to think of what kind of gifts one might want to give their cannabis-loving roommate or co-worker. One gift that stands out–or pops out, one could say–from the rest, is Dimensional Cannabis: The Pop Up Book of Marijuana, the world’s first cannabis pop up book.

The art featured in the book was designed by renowned illustrator, graffiti writer, and tattoo artist, Mike Giant, and covers various aspects of cannabis culture. Dimensional Cannabis was produced by Poposition Press, an independent press company which designs, publishes, and distributes unique limited edition pop up books which are created in collaboration with contemporary artists.

Readers will notice in the video below that there’s an entire pop-up page dedicated to some of the more well-known figures who have stood as champions for the cannabis cause, including Jerry Garcia, Snoop Dogg, Willie Nelson, Jimi Hendrix, and many more.

Avid readers and cannabis connoisseurs alike will have the option to purchase three different editions of the book. There’s the $42 Standard Edition, which includes a complimentary 2? Dimensional Cannabis pin; the $240 Collector’s Edition, which comes in a gold foil case wrap along with a mix of enamel pins, four-pack of stickers, art print on hemp paper; and finally the $420 Connoisseur Edition, featuring a wooden laser etched slipcase, pins, stickers, multiple works of art on hemp paper, an etched joint case, and more. The estimated delivery date for all three editions of the book is fall 2019.

Pre-order options and more information on Dimensional Cannabis can be found here.

Happy 420

Saturday, April 20th, 2019

Willie Nelson Quits Weed

Monday, April 1st, 2019

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
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


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

Saturday, December 15th, 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 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.
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.

Willie Nelson the Most Important Marijuana User

Thursday, November 15th, 2018
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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