When White Sox outfielder Shoeless Joe Jackson admitted to cheating in the 1919 World Series, a broken-hearted Chicago Daily News reporter begged him: “Say it ain’t so, Joe …”
Recently, a multitude of country music (and marijuana) fans experienced a similar “say it ain’t so” moment when Willie Nelson announced that he would no longer be smoking weed. The shocking news quickly spread across the pot-smoking community, leaving many, well, needing a toke.
The news was especially disheartening to Snoop Dogg who, in a recent interview, said Willie should be on the “Mount Rushmore” of pot smokers, pointing out that Willie was the only person to ever have out smoked him.
Willie’s unexpected announcement caused concern in several other areas as well:
The Stock Market Knowing how Wall Street trembled when China stopped buying US soy beans, investors worried that the value of their cannabis stock would tumble when news of Willie’s abstinence went public. As it turns out, the value of marijuana shares had already gone “up in smoke” over a year ago, so Willie’s newfound temperance had little impact.
Property Values in Sierra Blanca, Texas With not much else to offer, this small west Texas Town is widely known as the “Border Patrol Checkpoint to the Stars.” Located on I-10 about 20 miles from the Mexican border and 85 miles east of El Paso, officers here have arrested a number of celebrities for drug possession … Fiona Apple … Armie Hammer … Nelly … Snoop … and, of course, Willie. So what will happen to this little town if these famous people stop carrying drugs? Will this place continue to exist?
Not to worry … Border Patrol agents in Sierra Blanca scan approximately 17,000 vehicles each day, with about 2,500 per year resulting in arrests. In addition, some 10,000 pounds of drugs are seized each month at this very efficient checkpoint. In one case, the search of a tour bus yielded more than 10 pounds of marijuana, 36 baggies of heroin and a loaded .45 handgun … all of which beg the question … what, exactly, was the owner of these items thinking? We know marijuana causes one to be forgetful … was that what happened? Did he forget that he had those items with him? And those drug-sniffing dogs … did he think they would be off duty when he got to the checkpoint?
Fun fact: When Willie Nelson was arrested for possession of marijuana in Sierra Blanca, the county prosecutor gave him a choice: pay a fine of $3,000.00 or sing his famous song “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Willie chose to pay the fine.
Though some found it difficult to believe that a devout marijuana advocate like Willie had stopped smoking, he pointed out that he had simply decided to give his 86-year-old lungs a break. And, with cannabis now available in so many forms, he insists he has not lost his affection for the wonders of THC. For example, a quick review of the choices within his own “Willie’s Reserve” brand show a range of choices to include infused chocolate and fruit chews, along with an assortment of flowers and bud.
At a certain age, people often sit down with family to discuss and make arrangements for the inevitable end of one’s life. What kind of service shall we have? Do we want a funeral and burial? Is cremation the way we want to go?
Willie Nelson, it seems, has things all mapped out. Given his many years of inhaling marijuana smoke … and with a generous nod to his fans … he used the title of one of his many hits to announce what he wants done with his remains:
Roll Me Up And Smoke Me When I Die