For over a year, buzz has been building about Willie's Reserve, country music legend Willie Nelson's branded marijuana line.

Soon, those in legal states will be able to sample the pre-rolls of Blue Dream, Jack the Ripper, and Grand Daddy Purple, as well as oil vape pens, debuting over the next two months in Colorado and Washington shops.

As part of the brand's launch, Willie will perform an all-ages wet/dry concert in Washington's Marymoor Park in Redmond July 23, and July 30 at Fidder's Green Amphitheatre in Greenwood, Colorado, supported by Kacey Musgraves.

With a six-decade career and 200-plus albums, the legendary Texan behind country hits like "Crazy" and "Always On My Mind" recently debuted new album with Merle Haggard, Django And Jimmie, which debuted at #1 on Billboard‘s Country album chart and #7 on Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart.

Now, the author, actor and activist, as well as a multi-award winning musician, is poised to make a make a major splash in the  industry by partnering with existing, licensed marijuana growers.

The Cannabist reports Buddy’s of Renton, the Evergreen Market, Fweedom, Greenside Recreational, Gypsy Greens, Herbn Elements and Nimbin Pot Shop will be among the first shops to carry Willie's Reserve in Washington. The list of Colorado retailers is TBA.

As Nelson puts it,  'I've smoked enough and I want to give back. Now that legalization is spreading across the country, there's a great opportunity to build a company that can help a lot of people."

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