Ask Willie Nelson to Hold a Benefit Concert for Marijuana Legalization
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Ask Willie Nelson to Hold a Benefit Concert for Marijuana Legalization

    1. Charles Davis
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      Charles Davis

      San Juan del Sur, Nicaragua

After country music legend Willie Nelson was arrested for marijuana possession in November, the long-time activist called for a national movement to advocate an end to the war on cannabis. 

"Tax it, regulate it and legalize it," he said. "And stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved."

With marijuana legalization initiatives expected to be on the 2012 ballot in states like Colorado and California, the next year will be crucial in building momentum for reform. And Willie Nelson can help: just as he founded Farm Aid 25 years ago to support struggling farmers in the U.S., he should launch a benefit concert in 2011 aimed at drawing attention to the struggle to end pot prohibition.

Photo Credit: Rick Olivier

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    • Louise Schmaling ORLANDO, FL
      • about 3 years ago

      AMEN ITS AN HERB.. ITS FOR HEALING ..

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    • Lisa Hybner BURLINGTON, CT
      • over 3 years ago

      perfect musician for the benifit but unlikely that this will be legalized..GL

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    • tom perry CAROLINA BEACH, NC
      • over 3 years ago

      You're not going to get this legalized, lawyers make the laws and this is part of their bread and butter. You know, caught on the beach with a joint---$2000's lawyer fees. Do you know what the difference between a dead lawyer and a dead dog in the road is; there would be skid marks in front of the dog.

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    • David N Rudebush OLDSMAR, FL
      • over 3 years ago

      I have been smoking marijuana on a daily basis since 11th grade and I attribute much of my personality and character because of this "dangerous drug". To keep this plant on the same list as cocaine, heroin, and Ecstasy is absolutely idiotic. We still regard alcohol and cigarette smoking as socially acceptable even though these kill millions of people every year, while being a productive and successful marijuana smoker is still looked at as taboo. I know many entrepreneurs and business owners who because of their 6 figure salaries would be considered successful, yet these people have to hide a part of their daily lifestyle because society labels them as "stoners". I work in a booming mechanical engineering company where at LEAST 1/3 of our employees smoke marijuana daily. To think smokers are unproductive and incapable of thinking properly is absolutely absurd. To watch high school straight A students or scholar athletes lose full scholarships because of a minor marijuana possession is a heartbreaking tragedy that plays again and again is this broken legal system. Not only would legalizing marijuana save so many innocent people from so much unnecessary trouble but our country could slowly crawl out of this financial crisis is we placed a tax on it as well. Change is the only constant throughout history and its time for America to reform these ridiculous laws put in place by bias and misinformed propaganda. Open your mind before you open your mouth...

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    • Leslie Gray OLYMPIA, WA
      • over 3 years ago

      Hey Willie, I doubt that you remember me after all these years. You invited me into your home in Central Texas many years ago, when I was a college student doing an interview of you during your IRS issues back in 85. I was the only reporter at the time that sat down and smoked with you.

      Willie, if anyone can put on this kind of an attention grabber, you can.

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