Merle Haggard, the Smoking Sage


photo - Merle Haggard - The Smoking Sage

“At the time I wrote ‘Okie From Muskogee,’ I didn’t smoke. I had been brainwashed like most of America about what marijuana would and wouldn’t do. But if a guy doesn’t learn anything in 50 years, there’s something wrong with him. I’ve learned a lot about it, and America has, too.” - MH in 2005


Merle Haggard is considered by many, if not most country critics of note, to be the #1 Country musician of all time; singer-song writer, performer and guitar player. This country legend's not letting a little thing like death stop him from making waves now.  Haggard continued touring well into his 70's, singing self portrait songs like "the running kind", which essentially admits, for better or worse, that he's more at home ... on the road.  Now that he's passed, that doesn't mean there are no more hits .... as a new strain of Marijuana is about to hit the market bearing the Haggard label and weighty influence.


Uncle Merle, at one time was dead set against marijuana.  Mr. Haggard was no shrinking violet however, as he did major time for too many episodes of drunken disorder and vandalism.  He straightened out his life while in prison - after watching an in-house performance by the very naughty Johnny Cash.  Shorly thereafter, a close mate was executed for murder and Merle finally charted his course to steer clear of the law and to make something of himself by doing his music.


"I raised a lot of cane back in my younger days, while mama used to pray my crops would fail."   Haggard lyrics, they don't write em like that anymore...


Merle wrote Okie from Muskogee from a point of well-meaning ignorance.  The country stars of his day were notorious for taking amphetamines, "pain killers" which were really heroin in disguise and booze by the truckload.  Then came the cross-over.  Guys like Willie Nelson invaded the scene and shared his philosophy about weed; why its good and why those other drugs are so bad. Today, son Marty Haggard shares stories about his Dad and Willie smoking weed.  Marty as it turns out is a THC hyper-responder, in that the effects are magnified to the point where he can't function.  

"I had to crawl out of the room while navigating around the bodies of my dead ancestors." - Marty Haggard

Mardy apparently doesn't know that high-CBD strains of hemp won't cause this nightmare effect, while being relaxing and very medicinal.  Terpenes also appear to modulate THC and the effects of the other cannabinoids to mitigate psychosis and enhance therapeutic benefits. The new strain is called Merle’s Girls—named after a soccer team sponsored by Haggard and developed in conjunction with Colorado Weed Co.  According to Colorado Weed Co., Merle’s Girls hopes to eventually expand into Oregon and Washington with an eye on the medicinal market. This variety is a Sativa, a favorite of MH, as he said it kept him going, kept the creative juices flowing and allowed him to keep playing, and playing very well we might add.

"I think people need to be educated to the fact that marijuana is not a drug. Marijuana is an herb and a flower. God put it here. If He put it here and He wants it to grow, what gives the government the right to say that God is wrong?" -  Willie Nelson

Marijuana Country - Merle and Willie


“Prison is the biggest business in America, if you got the money, you can build a prison out in Nevada and it’ll be filled before you finish building it. That’s a fact, and that’s a shame. Marijuana laws are still in the books to help fill the prisons.”  - MH on the extreme evil in government today

Growing Medical Marijuana for the First Time.

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He wasn’t always a marijuana advocate.  Just as Haggard did a 180 in the early 60's and left prison for good, in 2015 he released a pot-friendly duet - in 100% opposition to the anti-hippie anthem, Okie from Muskogee with fellow ganja-former Willie Nelson.   


420EvaluationsOnline: Within California, If you want to try Merle's Girls at your local dispensary, you'll need a medical marijuana card and licensed doctor's recommendation.  An online application is much easier than the average visit to a clinic where patients may be confronted with a not so likable person that presents a long questionnaire, be asked embarrassing irrelevant questions, be upsold to buy other medical service.  So instead of wasting your lunch break, why not apply online?

"He warmed up to cannabis in his later years after a doctor recommended medical marijuana to help him relax."  - Daughter Jenessa Haggard-Bennett


Merle's Girls is a Sativa, which is known to have the following characteristics;

  • Energizing, stimulating and uplifting

  • Increases focus and creativity  

  • Best for use in daytime 

  • Balances the immune system

  • Reduces nausea

  • Stimulates appetite 

  • Curbs depression

  • Relieves headaches and migraines

  • Relaxes muscles

  • Relieves pain

  • And more...




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Merle Haggard on Cannabis

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