Drug Law

Call for Willie Nelson to Hold Benefit Concert for Marijuana Reform

| by Marijuana Policy Project

By Mike Meno


After his recent marijuana arrest, legendary musician Willie Nelson said it was time for an increased political focus on changing our nation’s failed marijuana laws. “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 that in mind, MPP has teamed up with the folks at Change.org to ask Willie to help the cause in a way that only he can:

[I]f Nelson wants to help end pot prohibition, he can do more than inspire the push for reform — he can help lead it. And one relatively easy way he can do so is by hosting a benefit concert next year to draw attention to the evils of the drug war, using his iconic pop culture status to raise money for those organizations and people that are working to make the dream of reform a reality. [...]

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. [Charles Davis/Change.org]

Learn more about the campaign here, and sign the petition here.