Weed lovin’ country music star Willie Nelson is to launch his own brand of marijuana as well as shops in which to sell it.

The 81-year-old has often described his passion for pot and he hopes the Willie’s Reserve brand can leave a lasting legacy, perhaps to even rival his musical legacy.

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Would you buy pot from this man?

He’s been quoted as saying: “Most people realise it’s not a deadly drug like cocaine or cigarettes. Cigarettes killed my mother, my dad, half my family, so don’t tell me about health when you’re talking about legalising marijuana because it’s not dangerous healthwise.

“I’m the canary in the mine, and I’m still healthy. Had I stayed with alcohol I would have been dead or in prison or somewhere today.”

Marijuana is legal in an increasing number of US states. At the minute possession is legal in Washington, Oregon, California and Alaska.

The Willie’s Reserve brand’s spokesperson, pot lobbyist Michael Bowman said: “Right now we’ll focus on the states where legalisation has occurred, and as new states open up, those opportunities will present themselves on a state-by-state basis.”

“This is a culmination of Willie’s vision, and his whole life,” Bowman said.

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