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A Merle Haggard-Developed Weed Strain Is Hitting the Market

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One of Merle Haggard‘s final projects was creating his own strain of marijuana, which could be available on the market within the next few months.

In an interview with, Haggard’s daughter, Jenessa Haggard-Bennett and her husband, Brian Bennett, discuss the late singer’s work with the Colorado Weed Co. and how they are continuing to assist the company with her father’s endeavor.

Dubbed Merle’s Girls, the name was finalized by the icon’s daughter, inspired by a time Haggard sponsored a girls’ soccer team in California. She adds that marijuana kept him going in his last 20 years.

“He was out [performing] every two weeks. He was doing all that in his seventies … He believed [marijuana] could cure a whole bunch of things,” Haggard-Bennett says of her father, who began work on the strain of weed in 2015.

Meanwhile, her husband recalls Haggard as “a regular guy.” Bennett often helped the late singer grow medical marijuana on his California property, up until his death.

“He was into the same things I was into, and I related to him a lot. We had a mutual bond, I guess you’d say, between us in growing,” Bennett says.

Michael Smith, Haggard’s business partner at Colorado Weed Co., further explains that pot helped the singer stay energized and creative.

“We’re starting out with what Merle liked to smoke,” says Smith. “The sativas kept him going, kept him creative, kept him getting out there and being able to play. He did contribute a lot of his success on the road to sativas.”

According to his daughter, Haggard’s partners in Colorado Weed Co. will begin to make his strain available at first as a recreational product before expanding to medical. While there is no official street date, Merle’s Girls is expected to be sold in Colorado and California.

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