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Willie Nelson thinks U.S. marijuana legalization is coming soon

Eric Webb
Willie Nelson plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie’s Reserve, this fall.

Austin music giant Willie Nelson sees green in the future for the entire red, white and blue. The country singer believes marijuana will be legal in all 50 states in less than a decade, according to an interview with a Texas news station.

Nelson, who has encountered a cloud of smoke or two in his day, told ABC affiliate KSAT 12 that he never expected to see pot legalized nationwide during his lifetime. But the way the Red Headed Stranger sees it, green begets green.

“The bottom line is money,” Nelson told KSAT 12, “and once those old guys see how much money is being made in Colorado and Washington — all the places that it is legal — they’ll say, ‘Hey, wait a minute. We may want to think about it.’”

The subject came up because Nelson plans to launch his own brand of weed, Willie’s Reserve, this fall. In an official announcement, Nelson promised his cannabis company will offer “the best on the market” and will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington. (For those playing along at home, recreational marijuana use is legal in those states.) The Associated Press reports that the singer/entrepreneur is teaming up with “master growers” to ensure quality control.

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Move over, Sarah Koenig. Fugitive Waves, a podcast produced by NPR’s Kitchen Sisters, released an episode July 13 featuring Nelson’s foray into the world of public radio. The episode, reviving clips from a “Hidden Kitchens Texas” special first broadcast in 2007, features Nelson and Texas-born actress Robin Wright exploring the weird, wonderful history of various Lone Star food traditions. Among their culinary discoveries: the history of 7-Eleven, which started its life as an ice station in Dallas; the origins of the frozen margarita machine, the first of which was a modified soft-serve ice cream machine that now lives in the Smithsonian; and the birth of the Frito.


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Pop stars Nicki Minaj and Taylor Swift got into a tense Twitter spat over the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, feminism and intersectionality Tuesday. Minaj, who released viral music videos for both “Anaconda” and “Feeling Myself,” believed herself unjustly shut out of the Best Video race. (She is nominated in three lower categories.) The rapper tweeted, “If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year.” Swift, apparently believing the tweet was a jab at her and her Best Video nod for the celebrity-packed “Bad Blood” video, replied, “I’ve done nothing but love & support you. It’s unlike you to pit women against each other. Maybe one of the men took your slot..” Minaj denied the tweet was aimed at the “Blank Space” singer and continued to speak out on a lack of mainstream accolades for women of color via social media. Katy Perry chimed in accusing Swift of hypocrisy. (Swift’s “Bad Blood” video is rumored to be an attack aimed at Perry.) Swift apologized on Twitter on Thursday; Minaj accepted. Millionaires: They’re just like us!


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