Cannabis country: Willie Nelson to sell own blend of marijuana – The Independent
So it seems only logical that the country music superstar should expand into the legal marijuana business.Nelson, who is 81, revealed plans to launch his own cannabis brand, Willie’s Reserve, at the South by Southwest music festival. The brand’s spokesman, Michael Bowman, later told the The Daily Beast – which conducted the interview with Nelson – that Willie’s Reserve would not only develop its own pot strains, but also open its own dispensaries to sell them. With marijuana now becoming legal in several US states, the first such stores will probably open in 2016.“Right now we’ll focus on the states where legalisation has occurred,” Mr Bowman said. “This is a culmination of Willie’s vision, and his whole life. I’m not sure any of us could have predicted how fast the dominoes would start falling once they started falling [with states legalising cannabis].”A long-time advocate for pot legalisation, Nelson is also an environmental activist; he owns the bio-diesel brand BioWillie, which is made from vegetable oil and available from select petrol pumps in Hawaii. Willie’s Reserve will be sustainably grown, and other growers who wish to sell their product in Nelson’s shops would have to meet certain standards, such as carbon output.
Nelson has been arrested for possession several times (Getty)
“Willie has spent a lifetime in support of cannabis,” Mr Bowman said. “He wants [Willie’s Reserve] to be something that’s reflective of his passion … to be a bright light amongst this trail as we’re trying to extract ourselves from the goo of prohibition. Really he wants it to envelop what his personal morals and convictions are. So from the store itself to how they’ll work with suppliers and how things are operated, it’s going to be very reflective of Willie’s life.”Mr Bowman added: “It’ll fall under that umbrella of ‘Here’s our core beliefs, and our mission statement’.”Nelson, who has homes in Hawaii and in Austin, Texas, is the co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organisation for the Reform of Marijuana Laws ( … – Click Here To Visit Article Source