Today, rock and roller, and cannabis enthusiast, Willie Nelson turns 84. In honor of his birthday, the Red Headed Stranger, spoke to Rolling Stone about a number of things, his ongoing tour with the Outlaw Music Festival which also features performances by Bob Dylan and Sheryl Crow, and his new single “Still Not Dead” which is definitely worth a listen.
Willie Nelson is known not only for being one of the most talented singer songwriters of all time, he’s also been an active proponent of cannabis legalization. He even has his own line of cannabis products called Willie’s Reserve. Being the activist that he is, Nelson had a lot to say about politics. He had some things to say about Donald Trump’s presidency. He also had some things to say about Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who last week released a memo instructing US prosecutors to seek higher sentences for drug offenders, in effect bringing back the failed policies of the war on drugs.
Responding specifically to the comments Jeff Sessions made where he said cannabis was only “slightly less awful than heroin” Nelson had this to say, “I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth.” Nelson is right, of course. Anyone who has known someone who’s been addicted to heroin can attest that cannabis is not even in the same realm as heroin.
Sessions’ comments only illustrate his ignorance on the subject. There is ample data to refute Sessions’ claims, not to mention the personal testimony of people whose lives have been made better by cannabis. It’s a shame that in a world that only grows more technologically advanced, our government officials’ views on cannabis remain firmly entrenched in the Dark Ages.
Source: Rolling Stone
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