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Photo: Willie Nelson | By Lyndsey Parker, Yahoo Music | As weed icon Willie Nelson observes 420 Day this week, he has many other things to celebrate in this landmark year. He was just nominated for the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame; his five-part documentary Willie Nelson & Family just premiered at Sundance; he recently released his 73rd studio album, I Don’t Know a Thing About Love; and later this month, for his 90th birthday, he’ll be fêted at a two-day Hollywood Bowl bash featuring everyone from Neil Young, Chris Stapleton, Kacey Musgraves, and Miranda Lambert to Beck, Orville Peck, Tom Jones, and his pot pal Snoop Dogg.

Nelson, in fact, just joined Snoop in BIC’s “The Most Borrowed Lighter” campaign — a stroke of 420 marketing genius, because these guys clearly know their brand — in which the “On the Road Again” singer leaves Snoop’s EZ Reach Lighter in “herb-friendly” U.S. tour cities with names like Blunt, Pottsville, Stoneville, and Weed. But it turns out that the two superstars, who have collaborated on the cannabis anthems “My Medicine” and “Roll Me Up and Smoke Me When I Die,” previously made 420 history in the most herb-friendly city on the planet, Amsterdam. The rapper recently told SiriusXM’s Let’s Go! with Tom Brady that the most stoned he’s ever been was during an April 20 dominoes game in Nelson’s Amsterdam hotel room.

“He’s a good friend. … We just kind of liked each other right away,” Nelson tells Yahoo Entertainment. “I was headed to Amsterdam and Snoop and I had been talking, doing some recording and everything, so I called him and said, ‘Come on over!’ We hung out a while over there and went to all the best [cannabis] spots over there: the Bulldog and the Grey Area, all the places over there where they had good smoke. And for a few days over there, we just burned them down.”

Nelson’s other famous smoke session, detailed in the 2020 documentary Jimmy Carter: Rock & Roll President, has to be that time in 1978 when he lit up a “fat Austin torpedo” on the White House roof, when he was invited to stay there during the Carter administration. The 39th president himself wasn’t involved, but the president’s middle son James Earl “Chip” Carter III, who was 28 at the time, did inhale. However, Jimmy did not find out about this until many years later. Nelson, who in his 1998 memoir claimed that he’d smoked with an unnamed White House servant, had asked Chip to keep their roof misadventure a secret, because — as Jimmy explained in Rock & Roll President — Nelson “didn’t want to categorize [Chip] as a pot-smoker like him.”
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