Music legend Willie Nelson is jumping into the movement to commercialize marijuana and plans to roll out his own brand of cannabis that he intends to make “the best on the market.”
The singer-songwriter announced in a statement on April 20 that Willie’s Reserve will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, two states where recreational use of the drug is legal.
A release explaining Willie’s Reserve says it reflects Nelson’s appreciation for “the many varieties and range of the plant’s qualities.”
The release says the 81-year-old Nelson will collaborate with master growers to define standards for the strain.
Nelson is a longtime supporter of marijuana for personal use and has spoken of its benefits for hemp production.
He’s also pushed for the end of laws criminalizing use of the drug.
Kuwait claims it will conduct medical screening tests to “detect” gays arriving to the Gulf kingdom, according to a report from the International Business Times.
The report posted on the IBT website said that Yousouf Mindkar, director of public health at the Kuwaiti health ministry, announced plans to routinely screen people arriving to the Gulf Cooperation Countries to identify LGBT people, who would be banned from entering the country.
The minister reportedly told a daily newspaper in Kuwait, “Health centers conduct the routine medical check to assess the health of the expatriates when they come into the GCC countries. However, we will take stricter measures that will help us detect gays who will be then barred from entering Kuwait or any of the GCC member states.”
There was no information in the report about what kind of test would be used.
Same-sex sexual activity is outlawed in the GCC member countries of Bahrain, Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates.