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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Willie Nelson and Weed

Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016


Willie Nelson’s Love Affair With Weed Made Him An Outlaw And A Country Music Revolutionary
by:  Christian Long

Few artists are as readily associated with marijuana as country crooner Willie Nelson. In terms of identifiable pieces of the man, Nelson’s love of weed is right up there with the song “On The Road Again,” his long, braided locks, and his old, beat-up guitar, Trigger. But Nelson’s pro-pot advocacy wasn’t always something he pinned to his sleeve. Instead, his public affair with marijuana came about much like his career in the spotlight: Entirely on his own terms.

When Nelson first started out, the world of country music was drilled down deep into the center of Nashville, Tennessee and mired in tradition. The audience was largely conservative, and as a result, Nelson went along to get along, presenting himself as a buttoned-down Western crooner with a knack for writing songs that had peculiar phrasing, which gave him a signature sound but not a standout look or personality. Eventually, Nelson wouldn’t so much find his niche as make it himself, writing songs that took a new and confident approach to the long-standing traditions of country music. As far as his personal habits, he was a known smoker for many years — and he has the arrest record to prove it — but over time Nelson would become one of the most renowned and outspoken advocates for marijuana legalization.

Here’s a look at how Willie Nelson ended up transforming, not just the sound of country music, but the culture as well.


Even back in Nelson’s crisp white shirt days, he’d always fancied himself a smoker. Growing up in the small town of Abbott, Texas, he told GQ that there was nothing to do there but “f*ck, fight, and throw rocks.” To alleviate the boredom, Nelson took to smoking “anything you could roll up,” which included everything from lawn clippings to tree bark. He first tried pot when he was 11 or 12 while hanging out with his cousin. “He had asthma, and the doctors gave him a cigarette to smoke. An asthma cigarette. And he offered me a puff off it, and I didn’t particularly care for it so I handed it back to him.”

A decade went by before he first tried pot again, this time when starting out as a country singer in the early 1950s. He told Cannabist that he was playing at a club in Fort Worth, Texas, and, like many of us, simply “ran into a guy who smoked pot.” Nelson, already a veteran smoker by then, started to incorporate pot into his routine, but admits that he went a “long time without getting high — for months I would smoke and smoke and I wasn’t getting high, and I couldn’t figure out why.” He eventually blamed the poor state of his lungs for keeping the true bliss of this fresh relationship at bay. Nelson stuck with it, though, and eventually had his eureka moment.

In his 2015 memoir It’s A Long Story, Nelson admits that he dealt with a bit of a stigma as a marijuana user in the clean-cut world of country music, but never opted to quit outright, explaining that he “couldn’t betray marijuana any more than I could betray a family member or lifelong friend.”

Nelson, it turns out, was used to being an outsider. He moved to Nashville in 1960 where he soon got a job as a songwriter and famously penned hits like Patsy Cline’s “Crazy” and Ray Price’s “Night Life.” But while the chord progressions he’d write out on the page would deviate from convention, his style on stage was practically abstract art. He’d sing just off the beat, either a little ahead or a little behind, which proved to be too off-putting to country music fans, most of whom were steeped in decades of tradition.

As the mecca of traditional country music, the Nashville sound was (and is) categorized by slick-sounding productions delivered in a more conventional style. Between his musical leanings and casual marijuana use, Nelson didn’t feel like Nashville was a natural fit and returned to his home state of Texas in 1970. Despite having his song “I’m A Memory” crack the top 30 the following year, Nelson was frustrated to the point that he quit music altogether.


Finding His Voice, His Audience, And His Home

It wasn’t until 1972, when he discovered Austin — at the time, a sleepy college town known for its laid-back attitude and low-key party atmosphere — that he felt right. There, he didn’t feel the creative limitations that Nashville tried to force down his throat and he soon found an audience for his unique brand of country music that was tinged with jazz, blues, and gospel. It was there that he was able to come into his own by putting out some of the most memorable songs of his career; a period that would lay the foundation for the birth of outlaw country.

As Nelson explained to the The Guardian in 2012, he saw Austin as a place to write and perform the songs he wanted to. Finally, he would be able to do it all his own way.

“I saw hippies and rednecks drinking beer together and smoking dope together and having a good time together and I knew it was possible to get all groups of people together — long hair, short hair, no hair — and music would bring them together.”

By 1974, Nelson had his first No. 1 hit with “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain.” He’d also grown out his shaggy hair and beard and kept up his outlaw persona, racking up his first marijuana arrest when he was busted for possession in Dallas — first of many he’d experience over the years.

Nelson’s arrest in Dallas began what would become a very public reputation with marijuana, one that even followed him to the White House back in 1976 when he was invited by then-President Jimmy Carter to thank him for all the work on his campaign. Nelson later revealed that he smoked a joint on the White House roof that night, but for years he remained coy about who he smoked it with. Turns out he’s mostly certain that it was Chip Carter, Jimmy Carter’s middle child.

Sill, marijuana had become far more than a way to collect wild anecdotes, as Nelson has flatly stated that he “would have been dead if it hadn’t been for pot.” He always had a bad temper, something he blames on his red hair, but he explained that drinking always made it worse. “When I was out in the bars drinking and fighting I was a little bit less of a peacemaker than I would be if I’d had a couple hits of a joint and gone and laid down somewhere. I’d have less bumps on my head, that’s for sure.”

While he’ll still take a drink on occasion, Nelson replaced booze with pot, something he’d eventually do with cigarettes after his lung collapsed while he was swimming in Hawaii back in 1981. After he was hospitalized, he knew that he had to quit one or the other, and told NPR in 2012 that he simply “took a pack of Chesterfields and took all the Chesterfields out, rolled up 20 big fat ones and put [them] in there, and I haven’t smoked a cigarette since then.”

Before long, all of Nelson’s vices were replaced with marijuana, writing in his memoir that “unlike booze, it had never made me nasty or violent. Unlike cocaine, it never sped me up or fired up my ego.” He refers to his use of the drug as something that started as a “love affair” and eventually “turned into a long-term marriage.”


Advocacy And Influence

Nelson’s relationship with marijuana has become more than a running gag for the last several years. As an outspoken advocate of its legalization, he became one of the first celebrities to publicly address it.

As Nelson states early on in the above clip from 2010, he saw the legalization of weed as an inevitability, albeit one that would take not only patience but the right combination of circumstances. That same year, nearly a dozen states had already legalized the drug for medicinal use, and with each passing year, more and more states have changed their laws. In 2012, Colorado and Washington both voted to legalize its use recreationally, without a medical prerequisite, which would’ve been unthinkable a few years earlier.

While no one can single-handedly spark up a movement, it’s clear that the cultural acceptance gained by Nelson’s free embrace (despite the occasional legal dustup) had an effect on a burgeoning movement to legalize or at least decriminalize marijuana across the country. One that has turned conservative bastions like Nelson’s home state of Texas into a place where medicinal weed is now legal and there is talk about going even further in the future.

Of course, this isn’t just about the embrace of pot as an artistic or lifestyle choice, it’s about the cold feel of a law pushing down on something it doesn’t understand, despite the proven benefits that range from helping with anxiety to enriching the lives of those suffering from cancer (and that’s to say nothing of the possible economic effect). Even Nelson himself, who is in large part the face of legalization, has admitted for years that he uses marijuana to simply help him deal with stress, and that if more people followed his lead, “It would make us get along better — all over the world.”

As the laws continue to loosen across the country, including full recreational legalization and sentence re-negotiation for marijuana-related crimes in California, Nelson announced his own strain of marijuana earlier this year, named Willie’s Reserve. Bearing the tagline “Indulge with Confidence,” he announced via press release that he’s “smoked enough and wants to give back.” As a longtime environmental advocate, Nelson was “committed to have our crops farmed in an environmentally responsible way; to revitalize small farms and to grow it as clean as possible.”

In years past, the weed he smoked was met with the highest acclaim from fellow musicians like Norah Jones and Toby Keith (who said he couldn’t function after smoking with Nelson and later wrote a song about it). So when Nelson eventually got around to putting his name on a strain of his own, it came as no surprise that it was met with high acclaim from connoisseurs.

Of course, for all the earnestness in his advocacy, Nelson still finds time to poke fun at himself and his 420-friendly persona, showing up in movies like Half Baked and The Dukes of Hazard, and cultivating a close friendship with fellow weed enthusiast, Snoop Dogg. In fact, Nelson and weed have become so inseparable that earlier this year when Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe grabbed a quick photo opp with him on his tour bus, there was weed right there on the table. There was also a general lack of public outcry over the matter, proving that the times have, indeed, changed.

Nelson’s influence is still found all throughout the fringes of country music. Back in the ’70s, he brought along the likes of Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, and Hank Williams Jr. with him into the uncharted territory of outlaw country. Suddenly, the polished arrangements and family-friendly Nashville standards were tossed aside, and each artist brought their own unique voice to the burgeoning genre, deepening the genre while bringing new listeners into the fold.

The resonating influence of outlaw country can still be heard today, from Cross Canadian Ragweed and Reckless Kelly, who bring the same carefree arrangments and good-time spirit to their music that Nelson does. Hank Williams III, whose pro-party anthems bridge the gap between traditional country and hardcore punk, can also count Nelson as an influence. While Nashville’s still alive and well, the longstanding countermovement of bands wanting to explore the whiskey-soaked, smoke-stained side of country music can all be traced back to Nelson as well.

Beyond any creative benefits and assists to the construction of Nelson’s image, the iconic crooner also believes that the drug has a spiritual precedent, readily explaining that “it’s in The Bible,” before citing Ezekiel 34:29, “where Jesus is talking about seeds and he said, ‘I bring you a seed of renown for the miseries of humanity.” But above all that, Nelson believes that “it’s medicine, and it’s already been proven to be medicine. End of story.”

Throughout Nelson’s very public relationship with marijuana, it’s remained a facet of his personality instead of what defines it. A country crooner who’s spent his career redefining the rules as he goes, as the national attitude on weed continues to become more relaxed, Nelson’s been able to incorporate his true feelings for marijuana in a country song, something that would’ve simply been out of the question when he bumped into a stranger at a club in Ft. Worth all those years ago.

Willie Nelson and Vaporizers

Monday, November 21st, 2016



Willie Nelson vapes. In fact he introduced Snoop Dogg to vaping. Sounds like a bit of trivia to share at a party. But it also sheds light on why more and more smokers are turning to vaporizers.

Willie Nelson vapes. In fact he introduced Snoop Dogg to vaping. Sounds like a bit of trivia to share at a party. But it also sheds light on why more and more smokers are turning to vaporizers.

The Legend Didn’t Always Use a Vaporizer

Willie–we’re pretty sure we can call him Willie–has always been the most honest about his pot use. Even after several arrests for pot possession. Not that the 83-year-old singer/songwriter is that outspoken. He just doesn’t hide it like other famous people do. Perhaps that’s why anything he says about pot, including his opinion on dabbing, edibles, and vaping ends up being newsworthy. Willie explained his stance on smoking vs vaping to Larry King:

“I’ve changed my habits a little bit.” He told King on CNN. “I’ve smoked so much and I got congestion from it, wheezing in the night and coughing. So I switched over to a vaporizer. You don’t get any smoke, and you don’t get any heat. And for a singer, or someone’s lungs, it’s much, much healthier.”

That pretty much answers the Is vaping better than smoking question, not that science hasn’t already chimed in.

So what does Willie Nelson consider the best vaporizer for weed?

The Red Headed Vaper

When asked whether he prefers a desktop vaporizer or vape pen, Nelson told CelebStoner, “There are a few of those little pens going around. I see them around California, those e-cigarette type pens. They’re all right.”

That suggests he’s more of a tabletop vaping session guy. In fact, he can be seen on Youtube sharing a desktop vape session with Snoop Dogg, who claims Willie Nelson is the only person who ever outsmoked him–a high accolade.

When asked if he dabbles in dabbing, the man many call a ‘country music legend’ said, “No, I don’t really like any of those things. But vaporizers are good for your lungs. Cigarette smoke will kill you. I never heard of anybody dying from marijuana smoke. Vaporizers I think are smarter.” He’s also admitted he doesn’t use edibles after a pot cookie mishap decades back.

Willie Nelson has a point about the positive effects of vaping for those looking for an alternative to smoking. Research shows that vaping is 95% safer than smoking, a now famous statistic.

Desktop Vaporizer vs Portable Vaporizer

Why Willie Nelson Switched To A VaporizerAs for Willie’s preference for desktop vaporizers, these units are likelier to produce bigger, stronger hits than portables, which a long-time smoker would appreciate. Desktop units are also great for sharing during vape sessions, and we all know Willie Nelson’s penchant for inviting fans and famous folks alike for a toke on his bio-diesel tour bus, the Honeysuckle Rose.

And then there’s the question of vapor purity. After all, people usually switch to vaporizers to avoid the harmful by-products of smoking weed. Desktop units like the Herbalizer, often touted as the best vaporizer ever, produce incredibly pure vapor that would appeal to those switching from smoking to vaping for health reasons, as well as connoisseurs who appreciate smoother, more flavorful hits.

Choosing the best vape is a matter of subjectivity that comes down to preference. Do you share when you vape? Do you like big hits or small puffs? Does your lifestyle require vaping on-the-go? But if Willie Nelson has an opinion on anything weed-related, it’s worth listening to.

Thursday, November 17th, 2016


Willie Nelson and Cannabis

Friday, October 28th, 2016


Willie Nelson plays his guitar at Humphreys by the Bay in San Diego, California on October 19,2016. The country music legend discussed his history with marijuana, the time he stole and tried to smoke hemp and his new cannabis line, Willie’s Reserve which is for sale in Colorado with Cannabist editor-in-chief Ricardo Baca on his bus before the show.

SAN DIEGO — Willie Nelson’s relationship with cannabis is the stuff of legend.

Nelson is a legalization activist, a social warrior and now a ganjapreneur via his own Willie’s Reserve pot brand, and he still gets high regularly at age 83. But he’s also not the most discerning of cannabis consumers. Does Nelson prefer energetic sativa marijuana strains to the more calming indicas? “They’re both good,” he tells me. Does he prefer smoking weed to vaporizing cannabis oil? “I enjoy smoking both ways,” he says with an affable smile.

Nelson becomes more passionate when addressing how this plant is often grown, especially in unregulated environments: “I don’t like it when they put chemicals and pesticides in it; That makes it not much better than a regular old cigarette.”

Sitting across the table from an eagle-eyed Nelson in his tour bus, I ask the country music legend if he considers himself to be a connoisseur of cannabis.

“I guess if anybody is, I would be,” he says, letting out a grizzled laugh that virtually self-italicizes the last part of the sentence.

It’s mid-October T-shirt weather here in southern California as a capacity crowd of 1,400 fans assembles inside the seaside Humphreys Concerts by the Bay venue — and also as more than 71 million viewers tune in to the third and final presidential debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump.

Right as the San Diego venue’s doors open and as the candidates begin their sparring match more than 300 miles away in Las Vegas, my producer and I are ushered into Nelson’s tour bus — the fifth to roam roads under the Honeysuckle Rose banner, Nelson’s wife Annie kindly tells us. A few minutes later I’m sitting across a crowded table from the man, the myth, the legendary stoner.

When I mention that evening’s debate and the unprecedentedly bizarre presidential campaign leading up to it, Nelson grins.

“I just wrote a song called ‘Delete and Fast-Forward.’ I’m in the process of writing it. It’s, ‘Delete and fast-forward, my son. The wars are all over, and nobody won. But don’t worry too much about it. You’ll just go crazy again. So just delete and fast-forward, my friend.’ ”

I ask him if he’s applying his metaphor real-time, given that he’s talking to a journalist instead of watching the debate before his concert. He looks around his silent second home and laughs.

“Notice we’re not watching (the debate),” he says. “That’s a good sign. Delete and fast-forward — we’re moving on.”

It’s not every day you get to chat up an original Outlaw. As an ex-music critic of a dozen-plus years, I have so many songwriting questions for Nelson — some of which had been contributed by readers and friends on social media earlier that day. But as a cannabis journalist, I’m now more interested in understanding Nelson’s longstanding, complex relationship with pot, especially given his unofficial role as Weed Ambassador to the World.

Still, I can’t help but start with the music. Do any of the songs he plays still make him misty-eyed?

“I could name a hundred. ‘Today I Started Loving You Again’ is a great song,” Nelson says of the oft-covered Merle Haggard tune. ” ‘I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry,’ Hank Williams. A fantastic song. I still love hearing those songs, and I still get emotional for some of those songs.”

Was he speaking literally when he wrote the hit “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die”?

“Literally,” Nelson says, pausing for effect, “I don’t give a damn. It was just a funny thing to say.”

Does weed help with his creative process?

“It has a lot to do with calming the nerves,” he says, “which makes the creative juices flow a little easier.”

Eventually I give in to my impulses and ask Nelson about his personal cannabis history, including his first time smoking marijuana.

“I think I was probably 19 or 20 years old playing in bars in Fort Worth, and I ran into a guy who smoked pot and I’d never smoked it before,” he says. “I smoked (weed) for a long time without getting high — for months I would smoke and smoke and I wasn’t getting high, and I couldn’t figure out why. And then one day I did and I said, ‘Oh OK, that’s what it’s all about.’ But I guess I’d smoked so much other stuff, cigarettes and things, that my lungs weren’t in great shape.”

When Nelson gets stoned, it’s not recreational use, he says: “It’s medicine, and it’s already been proven to be medicine. End of story.” Cannabis cures what ails him, Nelson tells me, and it also keeps him from getting into the trouble he used to get into with beer and whiskey and cigarettes.

“I had emphysema, had all kinds of different health problems caused by drinking and smoking,” he says. “So I decided I wasn’t getting high from smoking cigarettes, and I had a pack of Chesterfields, so I took them all out, threw them away, rolled up 20 big, fat numbers, stuck them into the Chesterfield pack and I haven’t smoked a cigarette since. And that’s been 30, 40 years ago.”

While Nelson will occasionally have a sip of wine, he’s mostly given up drinking: “I’m not afraid to take a drink of anything, but I just don’t get a thrill from it. I don’t need it.” And even though he still enjoys the act of combustion, putting fire to flower, he also considers himself “my own voice doctor” and says vaporizing is healthier than smoking.

“I’m sure lighting up a joint is not that easy on your lungs,” Nelson says. “A singer has to think about stuff like that. Smoking a joint in paper is not as good for your lungs as it is doing it in a vaporizer. It’s a no-brainer, really.”

Nelson calls cannabis-infused edibles “different — it’s more of a body stone, I guess. It took me a little while to acclimate to it. I wasn’t sure of it to begin with, but now it depends on what you want to do. If you wanna go to sleep, eat a piece of candy and you’ll doze off.”

An anachronistic view of cannabis

As you’d imagine, the singer-songwriter seems to have an endless supply of compelling stories that revolve around this still-controversial plant. The only time he’s grown pot from seed to harvest was decades ago when he lived in Nashville writing songs between tours. He smiles when he talks about cutting “It’s All Going to Pot” with his pal Haggard. And on one of his many early-career tours he recalls being broke down on the side of a road in Kansas and coming across a towering patch of what he thought was cannabis growing down by the railroad tracks.

“We cut down a tree of it and put it in the back, and we thought we were really gonna have some fun,” Nelson says. “But we got back to the hotel and cut it up and started smoking that damn stuff, and there wasn’t nothin’ to it. It was nothing but hemp, which is a different deal there. You don’t get high smoking hemp, you just get sore lungs. So we had a big laugh on ourselves.”

Nelson, who lives in 420-unfriendly Texas, doesn’t remember the first time he was arrested on weed-related charges: “I’ve been pulled over many times and busted many times, but I don’t really remember the first one, it was so long ago.”

He does remember being lied to about marijuana, a substance that is ays. “I think we knew more than what most people gave us credit for knowing. We knew were supposed to be bad people because we smoked marijuana, but we knew we weren’t bad people. So we knew somewhere in there was a discrepancy that people had to realize that, ‘Wait a minute: It don’t make him a bad guy just ’cause he smokes weed.’ ”

But what surprises him the most about the world’s recent shift toward decriminalization and legalization?

“I’m still surprised it took this long for educated people to get a little sense,” Nelson says. “We’ve had so many negative things thrown at us about what it does to you and the bad things that marijuana can do to you. And ‘Reefer Madness,’ I don’t know if you remember that movie or not, but it was horrible and it made people really scared. And fear is a hard thing to overcome, so all that had to be overcome. Now when people smoke or eat a piece of candy they realize that, ‘Wait a minute. What’s the big deal?’ ”

When talking more about the War on Drugs’ negative consequences, Nelson unknowingly echoes the data in a Gallup poll released earlier that day showing that 60 percent of Americans want cannabis to be legal — an all-time high in nearly 50 years of polling on the question.

“Most of us have (overcome the fear),” he says. “Not everybody. I don’t think we ever will be 100 percent for it. We’re not really 100 percent for anything. There are always a few stragglers over there who can’t really understand it.”

The conversation steers toward the presence of dry counties in the American South that still disallow alcohol sales, and I take the opportunity to get Nelson’s take on the legalization movement in Arkansas, where the Bible Belt state will vote on two potentially historic medical marijuana initiatives on Election Day (although one of the measures was disqualified in a court ruling Oct. 27).

“Well, it’s in the Bible,” Nelson says flatly. “Ezekiel 34:29, where Jesus is talking about seeds and he said, ‘I bring you a seed of renown for the miseries of humanity.’ ”

My time with Nelson is almost up. We’ve covered a lot of ground, and the election talk leads again to national politics when he offers up an anecdote that perfectly encapsulates Nelson’s open-armed philosophy to weed, to music, to life.

“Somebody asked me the other day if I’d smoke a joint with Donald Trump,” Nelson said, almost as if he was setting up a punchline — only he wasn’t. “I said, ‘I’ll smoke a joint with anybody.’

“I would. I don’t care.

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Forbidden Farm grows for Willie Nelson in Washington

Sunday, October 16th, 2016
by:  Craig Sailor

A Shelton- and Tacoma-based pot business is now growing marijuana for Willie’s Reserve, the  brand launched by country music star and cannabis connoisseur Willie Nelson.

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016




Support making of “Mary Janes: The Women of Weed” and you may win a guitar autographed by Willie Nelson

Sunday, October 2nd, 2016

Willie’s Reserve Donates Signed Guitar to MARY JANES Documentary

Support Mary Janes: The Women of Weed and you could win a signed guitar by Willie Nelson, thanks to our friends at Willie’s Reserve.

Willie Nelson once saved his guitar from a burning building and they have spent a lifetime traveling the world together. Willie and “Trigger” have a love story for the ages. They hope a MARY JANES’s supporter can start a friendship like that with their own Willie’sReserve guitar signed by the legend himself. The Fender Guitar (with acoustic pack) signed by Willie Nelson, along with a Willie’s Reserve T-shirt and hat, will be delivered to one lucky winner.


Willie’s Reserve wrote: “Upon the debut of Willie’s Reserve in Colorado and Washington, Willie Nelson told us all, ‘Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there’s a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people.’ Willie’s Reserve has set out to uphold these values, so we are so proud to support the motion picture MARY JANES: THE WOMEN OF WEED. It will take a community working together to create an industry where women are duly respected as leaders in marijuana. This film will be a cornerstone in the story and together we will pay tribute to a tradition of sharing, caring, and toking.”

Video produced by Green Mile Pictures, in association with Rise Above Social Strategies. Promotional consideration provided by Willie’s Reserve. Music by

Special Thanks to: Wendy Mosher, Natalie Simone,Lauren Gibbs, and Diego Rodriguez.

Mary Janes: The Women of Weed's photo.

Micah Nelson named to Board of Directors for National Hemp Association

Tuesday, September 27th, 2016


Micah Nelson is the son of the notorious celebrity who is an advocate for cannabis and industrial hemp, Willie Nelson. Micah is following in his father’s footsteps in advocating for industrial hemp, as he has just been named as one of the Board of Directors for National Hemp Association.

Last weekend, the acclaimed musician, Micah, entertained fans at the Farm Aid 2016 last weekend by playing a hemp guitar. Micah is the founder of a band called Insects Vs Robots, which has been bringing experimental and boundary-less music to loyal fans since 2008.

Micah’s father, Willie Nelson, has been inducted into the National Agricultural Center Hall of Fame. In a press release from National Hemp Association, the organization’s chair, Michael Bowman, explained the similarities between Micah and his father.

“The passion for social and environmental justice was instilled in Micah,” Bowman said. “It is part of who he is. We could not be more excited to welcome him to our board. Like his father before him, Micah has a powerful passion for advocacy.”

Micah is already well-known for his advocacy toward industrial hemp legalization, which makes him a strong addition to the National Hemp Association’s Board of Directors. In a petition, Micah has gathered over 50,000 signatures petitioning congress to pass the Industrial Hemp Farming Act. The petition is called “Allow American Farmers to Grow Industrial Hemp.

In this petition, Micah wrote, “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.” He continued to explain that not allowing American farmers to grow hemp is one of the most important issues in the United States.

Micah continued to explain how important it will be to allow American farmers to grow and sell hemp, which is an extremely useful, sustainable and economically vital plant that will help rural communities and to rebuild depleted soil.

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