Mark 4/20 with a lot of news about Willie Nelson

Ah, 4/20. The high holiday of every cannabis consumer. Many myths have been spread about how the day gained its notoriety— is it Bob Marley’s birthday? The police radio code for illegal smoking activity? The amount of chemical ingredients in marijuana? (Wrong, wrong and wrong, according to this insightful “L.A. Weekly” article. And FYI, smoking marijuana is still illegal in Texas.)

According to the same article, the day’s origins started in San Rafael, Calif., when the hour became the preferred cannabis consumption time for high school students.

One thing that isn’t a myth, however, is Texas’ fascination with its No. 1 pot-smoking singer, Willie Nelson.

(Jay Janner/American-Statesman file photo)

(Jay Janner/American-Statesman file photo)

The “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” singer famously introduced his own line of weed in 2015, and has been synonymous with smoking for much of his career.

What’s Willie been up to? For starters, he knows how to celebrate today with his fans:

He most recently gave a statement about his friend Merle Haggard’s death, calling the late country singer “a brother.” Nelson and Haggard were frequent collaborators and released a duet album, “Django and Jimmie,” last year.

Nelson’s been a busy man lately.

He took to the golf course with buddy Lance Armstrong in March, posing for a picture on the Livestrong founder’s Twitter feed.

If you miss seeing Nelson on TV, you can catch him in a PBS documentary this May about The Highawaymen, the Outlaw Country supergroup Nelson was a part of in the 80s and 90s.

His latest album, “Summertime: Willie Nelson Sings Gershwin” debuted at No. 1 on both the traditional jazz album and and overall jazz album Billboard charts. Earlier that week, a mural of Nelson was finished on East Seventh at Neches Street in Austin.

As for pot-smoking news? He recently toked up with Chelsea Handler for her documentary series “Chelsea Does…”, where the comedienne called Nelson’s tour bus weed “very good, and potent.”

Also, he met the Muppets earlier this year, creating the perfect group photo.

Never change, Willie.

 

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