is more less known for two things: country music and marijuana. They’re the two things he does every day, and in a new interview with Rolling Stone, he encourages everyone to try the same regimen—especially U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions.
Sessions, who along with President Trump harbors a well-known itch to resurrect the deeply disastrous American “war on drugs,” has said on multiple occasions that weed is very bad, going so far as to theorize that “good people don’t smoke marijuana.”
That’s not going to sit too well with the 84-year-old troubadour, who’s currently on the road (again) to support his excellent new album, God’s Problem Child. Asked about Sessions’s claim that marijuana is “only slightly less awful than heroin,” Nelson had this to say:
“I wonder if he’s tried both of them. I don’t think you can really make a statement like that unless you tried it all. So I’d like to suggest to Jeff to try it and then let me know later if he thinks he’s still telling the truth.”
Nelson has himself entertained the idea of running for office, mostly at the urging of friends and fans, saying, “I came close a couple times. And then I sobered up.”
As for the new administration in Washington, Nelson just thinks it’s a matter of the wrong man for the wrong job. “I knew him back when he owned some casinos,” he says of Trump, “and I worked for him. He always paid me. I had no problems at all. I think he’s stepped into a different world. Like he said this morning, “I had no idea this job was going to be this hard.” It’s easy when you can just go bankrupt anytime you want to and say, “I’ll check you later.” But that’s hard to do when you’re president of the United States.”
While you’re here, check out this excellent video of Nelson performing “Whisky River,” an exclusive from the Paste Cloud captured in his home town of Austin, Texas, in 1984.