When it comes to taking the high road, Willie Nelson knows a thing or two. He has his own brand of marijuana. His wife Annie runs an edible business. His songs include “It’s All Going to Pot” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die.”
And now, in a new interview in Rolling Stone Country, he’s prescribing the pot to none other than U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
The interview, which took place the day before his birthday, focuses mainly on his touring and his new album, “God’s Problem Child.” But when the conversation turned to politics and marijuana, Nelson had plenty to say.
On whether or not marijuana really is as potent as heroin, as Sessions has claimed:
RS Country: Jeff Sessions recently said that pot is "only slightly less awful" than heroin.
Nelson: 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!
On why he hasn’t run for office:
I think you can do more with music than you can with arguments and politics. I think a song will reach more people than any other thing. There's a reason that it's called "harmony": When you play a show, there's an energy exchange with the people that is unimaginable. It's the reason I go out there. I get something out of it too.
On what he thinks about the Trump presidency so far:
Well, I knew him back when he owned some casinos, and I worked for him. He always paid me. I had no problems at all. I think he's stepped into a different world. Like he said this morning, "I had no idea this job was going to be this hard." It's easy when you can just
go bankrupt anytime you want to and say, "I'll check you later." But that's hard to do when you're president of the United States.
On if there are any downsides to smoking pot:
I haven't run into any yet. I guess if you go somewhere where it's illegal, that's a pretty good downside.
Check out the full interview here.
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