Austonia daily newsletter—direct to your inbox 6 a.m.
×
becomeMemberIcon

become a member

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.


Alongside his brand Luck Presents, Nelson will work to destigmatize marijuana use with his fest, called Luck Presents: Planting the Seed, on April 26-29.

Singer Nathaniel Rateliff will host the convention, which will feature "musical collaborations, comedy sketches, cooking demonstrations, health-focused activities and more." The fest will also hold speakers and panel discussions about misconceptions of the plant, the history of marijuana and its pervasiveness in today's culture.

The convention will also raise funds for Headcount's Cannabis Voter Project, an organization that works to get cannabis-friendly voters registered. Those interested in joining the summit will need to make a $10 minimum donation to get the golden ticket into the fest.

"The Cannabis Voter Project believes it's important for the cannabis community to be an active and informed voting bloc," the organization's website reads.

In a statement, Nelson said he hopes to educate people on marijuana misconceptions with his latest foray into cannabis culture.

"I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug," Nelson said. "Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?"

Nelson has dipped his toes into the weed landscape before—an outspoken weed enthusiast, Nelson started his own brand of recreational marijuana in 2015, followed by CBD brand Willie's Remedy, which focuses more on health and wellness.

Most recently, Nelson opened up about the pandemic, smoking weed and living a more sustainable life for his SXSW debut in March.

Popular

Austin FC is taking on Minnesota at home after a two-week hiatus. (Austin FC/Twitter)

After their first two-win week and a two-week hiatus, Austin FC is back at home against Minnesota United as they attempt to up their home win streak to three on Saturday.

Keep Reading Show less

Ingredients:

  • 500 ml Tito's Handmade Vodka
  • 1 Granny Smith Apple
Directions: Slice apple and place into a resealable jar. Fill with Tito's Handmade Vodka and store in the refrigerator for 3-5 days. Strain out the fruit once desired flavor is reached. Enjoy!

Jenneke Parrish said she hopes her termination brings "justice" to the company (Pexels)

An Austin-based program manager for Apple Maps and one of two leaders for the #AppleToo activist movement said she has been fired after a suspension.

Keep Reading Show less