Nelson’s spokesperson Michael Bowman recently said in an interview with the Daily Beast that this business venture is more of ceremonial and sentimental act, to make a final stand against the federal government in the war on drugs.
“In the next calendar year that there will be movement. As you can imagine, it’s not a problem in states like Colorado, Washington, Alaska … There’s a pretty clear path on where retail can go,” Bowman said.
“He wants it to be something that’s reflective of his passion. Ultimately, it’s his. But it was developed by his family, and their focus on environmental and social issues, and in particular this crazy war on drugs, and trying to be a bright light amongst this trail as we’re trying to extract ourselves from the goo of prohibition. Really he wants it, at the end of the day, 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.” he added.
Willie Nelson joins a number of other celebrities who have recently gotten involved in the marijuana business, including Tommy Chong (selling paraphernalia), and some of Bob Marley’s surviving family members. It makes sense that the people who have been on the front lines of the war on drugs would be some of the first to take the risk to get involved in the new industry, which is still under heavy scrutiny from the federal government.
John Vibes writes for True Activist and is an author, researcher and investigative journalist who takes a special interest in the counter culture and the drug war.