Willie Nelson and Nathaniel Rateliff want to smoke weed with you on their 4/20 Rager
Willie Nelson may have stopped smoking weed, but he hasn’t stopped getting high and he definitely hasn’t stopped advocating for cannabis legalization.
The country legend and longtime cannabis enthusiast will headline Luck Summit: Planting the Seed, a four-day virtual cannabis festival starring Luck Presents, a cannabis advocacy group based in the hometown of the Red Headed Stranger in Luck, Texas , was launched. The event will be moderated jointly by musician Nathaniel Rateliff and will include musical performances, speakers, panel discussions, comedy skits and cooking demonstrations.
You might expect this event to start on April 20th, but it actually starts about a week later, on April 26th. However, the date has been set to coincide with another major Stoner holiday – the festival ends on April 29th, which happens to be Willie’s 88th birthday. To gain entry to the event, attendees must donate between $ 10 and $ 500 to HeadCount’s Cannabis Voter Project, a campaign to educate, register, and turn out for voters in support of cannabis reform.
“Willie Nelson is a music and cannabis icon so we’re naturally excited to partner with you,” said Sam D’Arcangelo, director of the Cannabis Voter Project, Variety Reports. “Texas and the rest of the US are right now at an intersection with cannabis. There’s no better time to celebrate how far we’ve come and have a conversation about where cannabis legalization is going from here. “
Texas is currently a minority US state that still bans cannabis in almost every form. Recent polls found that 64 percent of Texas voters want the Lone Star State to legalize weeds, but legislative efforts to pass an adult use law have died on the vine. The state’s medical marijuana program doesn’t allow access to THC-based medicine, though researchers report that many Texans use the black market or a non-state medicinal pot to quit prescription drugs.
“Like our landlord and cannabis patron, Willie Nelson, we recognize that changing the minds of others by telling them what to think is a futile undertaking,” said Matt Bizer, co-founder of Luck Presents Rolling Stone. “We believe that everyone has the right to their own opinion and perspective. We also know that after years of stigma on the cannabis plant, we must all work together to create a space for the discourse and education necessary to pave a path to normalization, decriminalization and access to cannabis and its many uses and benefit to the people of Texas and beyond. “
“I think people need to be educated that marijuana is not a drug,” Nelson said in a statement, USA Today reports. “Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God brought it here. If he brings it here and wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong? “