Merle Haggard Sticks Up For Willie Nelson, Pot Legalization

By Steve Elliott ~alapoet~

Photo: World News
Merle Haggard: “I think it’s silly to put someone in jail for marijuana possession”

​”We don’t smoke marijuana in Muscogee,” Merle Haggard sang back in 1969. But Merle’s changed his tune these days. The plain-spoken 73-year-old is still making music, winning awards and taking a stand for what he believes — including the legalization of cannabis.

“There are some people in this world that have no idea what the real deal is,” Haggard told Jennifer Self of the Bakersfield Californian when asked about his friend Willie Nelson’s recent pot bust. “I think it’s silly to put someone in jail for [marijuana possession]. I think it’s a threat to the pharmaceutical industry that you can go to the garden to grow something that might keep you from having to use Lipitor.”
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