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As the psychedelic wave of the 1960s swept through the U.S., Austin and San Antonio were early adopters of the scene, welcoming the free-spirited users who created a new genre of music—psychedelic rock—with the help of LSD, the popular drug at the time.

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Willie Nelson is celebrating his 88th birthday in signature style. The Austin country music star announced he'll spend his birthday with marijuana-loving fans everywhere with a three-day virtual cannabis convention.

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Willie Nelson—you know him, you love him and he loves Austin. The red-headed stranger has spanned a 60-year career, putting Austin on the map, winning every award in the business, but has never been featured as a speaker for SXSW until today.

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When the Texas Legislature convenes next month for its 87th session, state lawmakers will be tasked with addressing the pandemic, recent protests over police violence and redistricting. Another agenda item? Marijuana legalization, which some Democrats have already proposed in early bill filings.

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