Willie Nelson Resolves Pot Charge for a Song

On the I-10, in Hudspeth County, Texas, the Border Patrol maintains a checkpoint where it slows all cars down to a crawl and gives them the once-over.

In November, country legend Willie Nelson, who once smoked a joint on the roof of the White House during the Carter Administration, an agent "smelled marijuana" lofting from Nelson's tourbus and the singer was busted with approximately 6 ounces of pot. 

According to the Big Bend Sentinel, the case is being resolved in a ... lyrical way:

The Hudspeth County Attorney is ready to make a plea deal with the Red Headed Stranger.

“I’m gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he’s gotta sing “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain” with his guitar right there in the courtroom,” County Attorney Kit Bramblett said this week. “You bet your ass I ain’t gonna be mean to Willie Nelson.”


Bramblett handles 10 or 12 personal use cases every month. The 6.24 ounces that was found when Willie was arrested is above the amount Bramblett can handle in his jurisdiction. Well, no problem.

“Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there’s only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction,” Bramblett said.

He was kidding about that last part -- yes, the war on pot really is one big joke. Except for the hundreds of thousands arrested and tens of thousands jailed each year for possession.

On a personal note, I passed through the Sierra Blanca checkpoint a few weeks back en route to Mexico with my father. We slowed down, and a police dog "alerted" on the car. They had us pull over, get out ("please keep your hands out of your pockets, sir") and told us the dog was trained to sniff out the presence of illegal drugs or hidden people (not sure how dogs can differentiate between the smell of a human in hiding and one out in the open). 

The dog got into the car, rummaged around and then they cleared us on our way. 

AlterNet / By Joshua Holland

Posted at March 25, 2011, 11:24am

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