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People: Nelson launching ‘Willie’s Reserve’ marijuana line

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From Wire Reports

Country music star Willie Nelson announced plans Monday to roll out his own brand of marijuana, capitalizing on his association with pot and the unofficial stoner holiday, 4/20.

The move makes the 81-year-old “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die” singer the latest celebrity to jump into the marijuana marketplace.

“Willie’s Reserve” will be grown and sold in Colorado and Washington, where recreational pot is legal. Nelson said in a statement that he’s “looking forward to working with the best growers in Colorado and Washington to make sure our product is the best on the market.”

Nelson joins other famous pot personalities, including rapper Snoop Dogg, who endorses vaporizing products and singer Melissa Etheridge, who is developing marijuana-infused wine.

Nelson, who was not available for comment Monday, is among those with well-established connections to cannabis. He’s been a decriminalization advocate and has been busted for pot possession several times. He also appeared in the stoner comedy “Half Baked.”

AC/DC drummer admits death threats

AC/DC drummer Phil Rudd pleaded guilty in a New Zealand court Tuesday to a charge of threatening to kill a man who used to work for him. He also pleaded guilty to possessing methamphetamine and marijuana.

Rudd faces up to seven years in prison on the threatening to kill charge, although his lawyer Craig Tuck said the prosecution case boils down to an angry phone call, and he is seeking a remedy that would involve no legal consequences for Rudd.

Rudd acknowledged in a court summary of facts that he’d offered large amounts of cash, vehicles and a house to an associate after asking him to have the victim “taken out” and that he’d also directly said to the victim he was going to kill him.

The 60-year-old drummer was released on bail pending a June sentencing hearing.

It’s unclear whether Rudd has a future with the Australian rock band he’s been part of on-and-off for almost four decades.

Bobbi Kristina has ‘opened her eyes’

Bobby Brown’s lawyer has issued a statement clarifying remarks the singer made over the weekend about his daughter’s condition.

In the statement, Christopher Brown said 21-year-old Bobbi Kristina Brown has “opened her eyes” nearly three months after being found unresponsive in a tub at her Georgia home. The statement goes on to say that “there has been improvement” in her condition.

But the statement also adds that Bobbi Kristina is just now beginning rehabilitation “and the quality of her life will not be known for years to come.”

On Saturday night, Bobby Brown told concertgoers that Bobbi Kristina was “awake.”

The birthday bunch

Actor Charles Grodin is 80. Singer Iggy Pop is 68. Actress Patti LuPone is 66. Actor Tony Danza is 64. Actress Andie MacDowell is 57. Singer Robert Smith (The Cure) is 56. Singer-songwriter Michael Franti is 49. Actor James McAvoy is 36.

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