The family of late country legend Merle Haggard are continuing his plans to release a new brand of recreational marijuana.
The musical icon, who passed away on April 6 of this year, was working on releasing his own strain with The Colorado Weed Company before his death. Following in the footsteps of Willie Nelson and his weed company, the Merle Haggard Marijuana line will be aptly named Merle’s Girls.
Haggard’s daughter, Jenessa Haggard-Bennet, and her husband, Brian Bennett, are heading up Merle’s Girls operations. Janessa wanted to follow through with her dad’s plans for the brand. She tells Westworld that Haggard “believed marijuana could cure a whole bunch of things.”
Haggard had been working with Michael Smith of Colorado Weed Co. to create a signature connoisseur-grade marijuana strain. “We’re starting with what Merle liked to smoke,” Smith said.
It may sound odd that the “Okie From Muskogee” singer would have been venturing into the pot business. His signature song was was an anti-hippie anthem of sorts in the ’70s. But as it turns out, Haggard later regretted writing the song.
In 1990, Haggard told Telegraph that “Okie” was actually written to be satirical, and he sometimes wished he never wrote it at all. “I was indelibly stamped with this political image—this political, musical spokesman, or whatever,” explained Haggard. “I had to play that song every night for 18 years.”
Somewhere down the road, Haggard’s mindset changed regarding the use of marijuana. He began using for creative purposes and as a sleep aid while on tour.
“At the time I wrote ‘Okie From Muskogee,’ I didn’t smoke,” Haggard once told Men’s Journal. “I thought it was responsible for the flower children walking around with their mouths open. It was not so. But if a guy doesn’t learn anything in 50 years, there’s something wrong with him.”
Merle’s Girls will be available in Colorado, Washington and Oregon in the next few months.