The New York Post reports that the late country-music legend Merle Haggard — who’s infamous for his anti-hippie ballad “Okie from Muskogee” — will soon launch his own line of marijuana.
Merle Haggard, whose 1969 tune threw a middle finger up to the country’s drug-fueled counter-culture, had plans to release a brand of high-grade marijuana before he died in April, The Denver Westword reported.
Now, the marijuana product, specially called “Merle’s Girls,” will pop up on the shelves at recreational marijuana shops in Colorado, Washington and Oregon, according to the the paper.
Haggard’s daughter, Jenessa Haggard-Bennett and her husband, Brian Bennett partnered with Colorado Weed Co. and plan to start out with recreational product and then eventually expand into medical. There is not a set release date, but Colorado will not be the only state carrying the strains. They will start in Colorado, but regardless of California’s vote in November, they plan to sell medicinal strains there once they’re developed and on the market.
It is said that later in life, Haggard smoked marijuana for creative inspiration, that he also believed in its healing power and regretted writing the song “Okie from Muskogee”, according to his daughter, Jenessa Haggard-Bennett and other reports.
“He was out [performing] every two weeks. He was doing all that in his 70s. He believed marijuana could cure a whole bunch of things,” she told The Westword.
Merle Haggard even accredited some of his musical success and motivation to the sativa strain of marijuana, which is a stimulant, said Michael Smith, his former business partner at Colorado Weed Co.
“The sativas kept him going, kept him creative, kept him getting out there and being able to play. He did contribute a lot of his success on the road to sativas,” Smith said.
“We’re starting out with what Merle liked to smoke,” Smith said.
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