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Apr 29, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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Oscar-nominated actor will be awarded the 2022 “Willie Nelson” Award at the 18th Annual Emerald Cup Awards in Los Angeles.

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Woody Harrelson has long advocated for cannabis reform and for his work will be honoured at the upcoming 18th Annual Emerald Cup Awards in Los Angeles.

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Citing “decades of fearless advocacy on behalf of cannabis culture, veganism and a healthy questioning of the status quo,” the three-time Oscar nominee will be awarded the 2022 “Willie Nelson” Award, the Emerald Cup’s version of a lifetime achievement award.

The honour will be presented at the Ricardo Montalbán Theatre in Hollywood on May 14 as part of the private event.

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Harrelson, 60, joins past winners that include Native American activist, economist and author Winona LaDuke, comedian and octogenarian stoner Tommy Chong, medical marijuana activist Valerie Corral and the ganja grandaddy of them all, singer, actor and American icon Willie Nelson.

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Harrelson’s commitment to the plant saw no better demonstration than with his “symbolic protest of cannabis criminalization by illegally planting a hemp seed in Kentucky in 1996,” the statement notes.

Marijuana Moment reported in March that the Kentucky House of Representatives passed a bill to legalize medical marijuana, but the Senate needed to also green light the bill.

As for recreational cannabis, it continues to be illegal in the state, with possession of 227 grams of cannabis or growing five or less weed plants prompting a misdemeanour charge punishable by a fine and possible jail time, according to the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws. Any more than those amounts would result in felony charges.

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Harrelson will also be on hand to serve as a judge during the Emerald Cup competition.

Founded in 2004, the annual competition “shines an authentic spotlight on the absolute best in class when it comes to California cannabis and the people who bring it to market,” the organization notes. The event brings together cannabis entrepreneurs, cultivators, scientists, developers, entertainers and enthusiasts to celebrate the plant and related community, business and industry.

This year, organizers report, the Emerald Cup has attracted more than 700 entries across dozens of consumption-based categories.

Additionally, Harrelson is set to transform his cannabis interest into an actual business. The Woods, the actor’s West Hollywood-based cannabis retail dispensary and lounge, is set to open soon.

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Harrelson seems more than a little taken aback by the entire prospect. “I never thought you’d even have it to where it was legal, much less that you could go get it out of the shop,” he told L.A. Weekly earlier this month.

Saying he is excited about the opening and crediting others for doing most of the hard work to make the lounge happen, he said: “I don’t know what the definition of freedom is in a free country, but I would assume that you should be free to do what you want, as long as you don’t hurt anybody else or their property.”

The hope is that the labour of love turned business project will eventually sell cannabis that has only been grown outdoors. “My dream is to promote and to help people see the sensibility in sun-drenched herb, because I feel like you want that sun energy,” he told L.A. Weekly.

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Harrelson will serve as CEO of the new business venture and Devon Wheeler, founder of ERBA Markets dispensary, will be chief operating officer, per Benzinga.

As it stands in California, where Harrelson is located, a person needs a cultivation licence to grow and sell cannabis. It is up to each individual jurisdiction, but many in the state do not allow for outdoor growing.

For individuals growing up to six plants for personal use, this must be done on private property, with the space efficiently locked and the plants not visible from a public place, according to Kaass Law.

But Harrelson receiving the lifetime achievement award is expected to close the circle, at least when it comes to the actor’s ongoing and close relationship with award namesake and fellow cannabis advocate Nelson.

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“Nelson and Harrelson are long-time friends with shared ideals and aligned activism efforts, including first and foremost, cannabis decriminalization,” the Emerald Cup reports.

Beyond his serious weed work and advocacy, the actor known is mostly known for his roles in True Detective, Natural Born Killers and Zombieland has shown he can also have a little fun when it comes to the plant.

Harrelson is among the actors to lend the voices — along with Pete Davidson, Tiffany Haddish and John Goodman — to the animated series, The Freak Brothers, which tells the tale of a group of stoners.

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