Willie Nelson hit a number of milestones this week. The legendary country singer released his 67th studio album titled Last Man Standing, debuted two music videos accompanying the singles 'Ready to Roar' and 'Bad Breath' and celebrated his 85th birthday.
Of course, it wouldn't be Willie if there wasn't some marijuana news to report too. Nelson also rolled out a new weed strain as part of his Willie's Reserve line of cannabis. The new strain shares the name of his newest album and was released on the same day.
"It comes from this huge plant with beautiful buds," Shane Osburn, who co-cultivated Willie's 'Last Man Standing' strain, told Taste of Country. "It's so expressive of its characteristics. When you walk past the plant it smells like an orange tree."
Shane's wife and co-cultivator Amelia added that it was honor to breed a special strain for a cannabis icon.
"Willie is a soldier for the cannabis community," Amelia said. "We have total respect for how he's told the world about what we do, through his music and through who he is."
She added that the legally grown strain also offers a chance to reflect on how far cannabis culture has come in a short time. "We've come pretty damn far from the point where they'd put you in prison for life for a seed to where we are now. It's a lot of progress."
Hopefully that progress continues so that Nelson's fans can legally buy Willie's Resarve across the country.