Influential musical artist and cannabis advocate Willie Nelson will add another award to his long list of achievements when he is soon presented with the Clio Cannabis Lifetime Achievement Award.
Over the last few decades, Nelson has been outspoken about the beneficial effects of cannabis and has even referenced it in his songs. The outlaw county musician has previously been presented with lifetime achievement awards. According to Billboard, Nelson received prestigious awards from the Recording Academy, the Country Music Association, the Library of Congress Gershwin Prize, and the Kennedy Center Honor.
“Nelson was selected to receive the 2021 Clio Cannabis Lifetime Achievement Award for his decades-long reputation for advocating the plant’s healing powers, elevating cannabis in the mainstream, and innovating in the business space,” The Clio Cannabis stated in a press release.
As more and more states in America have legalized cannabis, Nelson launched two cannabis-related businesses. Willie’s Reserve is a brand of marijuana-derived products such as pre-rolled joints, flowers, and vape cartridges. Willie’s Remedy is Nelson’s line of wellness products infused with hemp extract.
Other famous cannabis advocates, like comedians Cheech and Chong, have their own cannabis companies, as well.
According to their press release, “each year, Clio Cannabis selects specialty award recipients that have made a significant impact on cannabis culture and the evolving industry around it, paving the way for creative growth, innovation, and inclusion.”
Clio Cannabis plans to award additional honorees and Nelson at the Clio Cannabis Awards, which will stream on Social Club TV on December 7th.
Former Yo! MTV Raps host Fred Brathwaite, also known as Fab 5 Freddy, will be presented with the 2021 Clio Cannabis Honorary Award for his efforts to inform the public about cannabis prohibition in the 2019 Netflix documentary, Grass is Greener. Brathwaite is also receiving recognition for his work in giving people who have been previously imprisoned for cannabis an opportunity to succeed in the cannabis marketplace.
Ophelia Chong and Mary Pryor will both be presented with the 2021 Clio Cannabis Impact Awards. Both awesome women are being recognized for their work toward societal change, inclusion, and cannabis education.
The awards reflect how much more mainstream cannabis has become as Americans’ support for legal cannabis is at an all-time high. It’s more common these days than ever before to see people light up their favorite cannabis flowers in pre-rolled cones.
“As the cannabis industry continues its rapid growth, we are tasked with ensuring the Clio Cannabis Awards evolve at the same pace so that we may properly honor those at the forefront of creating change and driving the industry forward,” Clio Cannabis Executive Director Michael Kaufman said in a press release.