November 27th, 2010
11:47 AM ET

Singer Willie Nelson arrested on pot charges

Country singer Willie Nelson was arrested Friday on charges of marijuana possession by the U.S. Border Patrol in Sierra Blanca, Texas, CNN has confirmed.

No further details were available, and a message left for Nelson's publicist has not been returned.

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  1. jane

    Leave the guy alone. Why don't you arrest someone dangerous instead of a folk singer who brings pleasure to the rest of us. Come on now. Is there no common sense left in this world?

    November 27, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jane

      I changed my mind. Jail all folks singers and pot smokers.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Chappers

    Just another way for special interest groups to make money off of BS regulations and policy by transferring money from our pockets to their own. Whether it be because of false wars, meaningless drug enforcement, or airport "fake" security, the stock holders make their money and the lobbyist bribe the politicians. They get rich infringing on our freedoms in the name of "security". It is a complete scam that we have been turned into a society of fear so that special interest can make billions off of our insecurity. If we stopped jailing people for drugs and cut back a little on defense spending we would have enough money to pay for health care. The rich do not want to have money distributed to everyone, just to themselves. That is what has be happening for 30 years and now the power has been so tilted to the wealthy that our democracy is disappearing. But on the bright side, Willie Nelson was busted for pot, way to move the country forward. I feel safer already.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chappers

      I wrote a load of crapola. just jail potheads.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  3. zounds

    Yea, leave 'em alone-catch some terrorists or something. They could have
    busted him in the last 50 years at any time-always was enough residue in his

    November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • zounds

      Actually, i feel that willie should be arrested for ever

      November 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Matt

    Absolutely terrible!!!! If he pays his taxes, leave him alone!!!!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 2:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Matt

      Put Willie in jail now!

      November 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Anita

    Attention WILLIE NELSON fans and Pot Lovers. The authority that arrested Willie need to b arrested or FIRED! It's yours n my Tax money that pays them. We need to take a stand n Protest such behavior. And i mean PROTEST BIG TIME! There's alot more serious criminals out there like child molester for one. How many of them did they arrest today? PROTEST NOW,LEGALIZE MARIJUANA NOW. Before something happens again like what happened to JOHN LENNON. FREE WILLIE!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. joe

    free willie legaize weed,

    November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  7. J. Stone

    Smoking dope makes you stupid. Long term use leads to mental disorders. Mix it with alcohol and other drugs, including prescription drugs, and the process accelerates.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Steven Pollard

      So,,, put your effort into stopping it from coming over here in the truck loads,,, not 6 oz. What a waste of time and resources!

      November 27, 2010 at 3:01 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Scott

    I'm a fairly square and conservative guy... But I have to say... Ya just gotta let some stuff slide. Willie and pot are definitely in this category.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:52 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Moriarty

    Why is this news???

    November 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  10. DjGirl83

    LOL Why is this even news anyway?! Willie Nelson has been arrested how many times for pot possession? I'm sure it doesn't matter how many times he is arrested for it...he won't ever stop. It's just a Willie Nelson thing haha

    November 27, 2010 at 2:53 pm | Report abuse |
  11. simpsonteam

    I'm a 53 yr. old grandma, I think they should leave Willy alone! Good grief!

    November 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • simpsonteam

      actually, I think he should go to jail for life

      November 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  12. MiseryMO

    No matter if you agree with the arrest or not, they were doing their job. I doubt they set up a sting operation to catch him; they probably came across a situation and had to make the arrest like they would have if it was any other citizen. I understand the debate about whether or not pot should be legal, but the officers were doing their job, just like the rest of us (if you are lucky enough to be employed, anyways).

    November 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Manny

    Thank the lord our taxes went to take dangerous people like this off the streets *sarcasm* Does anyone not know Willie uses marijuana? That man may have smoked the first plant ever discovered. Who has he hurt? We arrest more of our citizens in this country than anyone else on the planet. Maybe we should all go check into our local jail to save them gas and surveillance money. I'm sure we've broken one of the rules of the police state somewhere. Meanwhile, the real criminals they work for lead corporations and take government jobs, then bail out the rich, ship your job to slave labor countries, and turn your little home over to wealthy bankers. You can sleep in the street, but heaven forbid you touch a plant.

    November 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manny

      I changed my mind. Jail all pot smokers like Willie.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Manny

      Nice job pretending to be other people and using their names to post. Get a life.

      November 27, 2010 at 2:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. James

    He's an admitted pot head why is this news?...lmao

    November 27, 2010 at 2:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Benvana4


      November 27, 2010 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
    • Enough is enough

      This is news so that the public can see where their tax $$ went. Leave Willie alone! He's done more for our country than most presidents. Just sit back & smoke a doobie while filling up you biodiesel rig (because it won't ignite) & let one of your sober friends drive you around getting 40 mpg & putting some $$ back into our own damn country!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 3:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • BimBum

      Isn't it about time this harrassment of the public stopped?

      Clearly the masses of people on the planet have opted to use this substance
      in preference to alcohol and icky tobacco
      so let's get real –and save the DEA lots of resources they could be otherwise using to interdict seriously-bad stuff like cocaine and heroin.
      Our jails are full of pot-smokers: THAT's lame!

      November 27, 2010 at 3:34 pm | Report abuse |
    • john

      cus he had 6 oz's

      November 27, 2010 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Larry M

      With so many more important things to arrest people for–illegal immigration, heroin and cocaine coming across our southern borders, stashes of explosives discovered yesterday in San Diego, I could go on forever, and they are arresting an American icon for–smoking pot?!?! Where are our priorities? Even Pres Obama said he would not prosecute pot smokers, until he was elected and decided it was bad for his political future–what a farce. Leave Willie and the other millions of pot smokers in our country alone. They are harming no-one, but alcohol kills and injures tens of thousands of people every year in car accidents and bar fights. But ban alcohol? Political suicide. Same for tobacco. How many people do we hear about killing people after smoking pot? None. That is why the AMA for the first time has approved investigating the medical uses (of which there are many) of marijuana.

      November 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gigliotti007

      Who carrs

      November 27, 2010 at 4:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • TryLogic

      Honestly Americans, this is insane. Your population can't afford to keep themselves healthy and this is your priority right now. For the most powerful country in history, your impact on the world is a disgrace.

      Sincerely, one of 30 million frustrated Canadians.

      November 27, 2010 at 4:22 pm | Report abuse |
    • Bear

      You know what this reminds me of?

      Marijuana needs to be legalized, regulated and reclassified. As if marijuana being the #1 cash crop in California despite DEA efforts wasn't enough evidence, this comes along. The War on Drugs has failed us miserably and Nixon should have paid much more attention to the Schaffer Report.

      November 27, 2010 at 4:25 pm | Report abuse |
  15. rubber

    leave Willy alone,

    November 27, 2010 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • risu


      November 27, 2010 at 3:03 pm | Report abuse |
    • Ozzi

      Everyone knows Willie is a smoker. How much is this costing the taxpayer?


      He's made more money for this country and contributed more to our culture than any politician or egghead.

      FREE WILLIE!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 3:12 pm | Report abuse |
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