Willie Nelson is an American legend. Willie Nelson has fans from all walks of life, but especially among senior citizens. My grandma doesn't consume marijuana, but is pro-marijuana reform mainly because Willie Nelson supports it. I know that she's not alone. That's why it's huge that Willie Nelson recently provided the following quote to the American Association of Retired Persons (AARP):
I'll probably take a couple of hits before or after the show tonight. It relaxes me, and the medicinal form of pot can cure everything from stress to cancer. It's a shame that it was thrown in with the other hard drugs. Now that the legalization has proven successful in Colorado and in Washington state, it's just a matter of time before it's legal everywhere. There's a lot of money to be made from it, number one.
Willie provided that quote in an article that covered all kinds of topics. It would have been nice to see him get a full article dedicated to just marijuana, but it's still significant. How many senior citizens are going to read that? And how many minds are going to be changed as a result? It's my hope that it's a significant amount of people. Whereas celebrities like Miley Cyrus try to promote marijuana use without ever supporting the cause in a meaningful way, Willie Nelson has donated a lot of money and time to support reform. Go Willie, you are my hero!