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. Vladimir Colt

    Google "Henry Walter Wooten". 35 YEARS sentence for 4.6 ounces of weed. This insanity, and the cost of sustaining it, has got to stop. I've never used anything other than tobacco and alcohol, but it doesn't bother me if other folks want to. It's just another case of friggin' government sticking their noses into citizens' personal lives.

    November 27, 2010 at 3:47 pm | Report abuse |
  2. American X

    Walter Cronkite, America’s trusted broadcaster and father figure to a nation for decades, has died in New York at the age of 92.
    Covering the most important stories of his time – including the assassinations of President John F. Kennedy and Doctor Martin Luther King, Jr., the ups and downs of the Vietnam War, Egypt’s breakthrough peace treaty with Israel, and man’s first step on the moon – Americas trusted Walter Cronkite to report the facts the way they were, as symbolized by his famous sign off, “That’s the way it is.”

    But even more, America trusted the words and judgment of the iconic figure. After the 1968 Tet offensive, Cronkite declared, “We are mired in stalemate,” prompting President Lyndon B. Johnson to rue the reality, “If I’ve lost Cronkite, I’ve lost middle America.”

    To the last, Cronkite was perceptive and engaged in the well-being of his country and the world.

    In the final four years of his life, he publicly recognized what is perhaps America’s greatest and most perverse, if as yet unclaimed, nemesis – the failed war on drugs.

    Cronkite, watching with all America, a drug war of bipartisan making from Nixon to Obama, could see resilient, ever-increasing drug availability, increasing drug overdose deaths, the corruption of police and kids alike, and American streets torn by turf-war and associated crimes. So concerned was he that America’s chief reporter, protector and friend, lent his name in support of a new organization of law-enforcement leaders who have loudly and openly declared the imperative need to legalize and regulate drugs so they can be controlled.

    November 27, 2010 at 3:48 pm | Report abuse |
    • 69 position

      you are full of crapola

      November 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
  3. American X

    After four decades of fueling the U.S. policy of a war on drugs with over a trillion tax dollars and 39 million arrests for nonviolent drug offenses, our confined population has quadrupled making building prisons the fastest growing industry in the United States. More than 2.2 million of our citizens are currently incarcerated and every year we arrest an additional 1.9 million more guaranteeing those prisons will be bursting at their seams. Every year we choose to continue this war will cost U.S. taxpayers another 69 billion dollars. Despite all the lives we have destroyed and all the money so ill spent, today illicit drugs are cheaper, more potent, and far easier to get than they were 40 years ago at the beginning of the war on drugs. Meanwhile, people continue dying in our streets while drug barons and terrorists continue to grow richer than ever before. We would suggest that this scenario must be the very definition of a failed public policy. This madness must cease!

    The stated goals of current U.S.drug policy - reducing crime, drug addiction, and juvenile drug use - have not been achieved, even after four decades of a policy of "war on drugs". This policy, fueled by over a trillion of our tax dollars has had little or no effect on the levels of drug addiction among our fellow citizens, but has instead resulted in a tremendous increase in crime and in the numbers of Americans in our prisons and jails. With 4.6% of the world's population, America today has 22.5% of the worlds prisoners. But, after all that time, after all the destroyed lives and after all the wasted resources, prohibited drugs today are cheaper, stronger, and easier to get than they were thirty-five years ago at the beginning of the so-called "war on drugs

    November 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
  4. T Lan

    Leave him alone! Why don't you go over some REAL criminals ... go find another tunnel or another terrorist ... make yourselves useful and leave GOOD people alone!

    November 27, 2010 at 3:49 pm | Report abuse |
    • T Lan

      ooops–changed my mind. jail willie.

      November 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • T Lan

      You are so junvenile, hiding behind everyone else to be an idiot. Why don't you just show your face ... coward.
      Posted by the Real T Lan.

      November 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Donna

    Weed is a harmless drug. A Pulmonary Specialist told me there is absolutely NO proof that it hurts you in any way. No proof. Does not cause lung cancer or even COPD as far as they know now. If this country would legalize pot, it would generate millions of dollars into our economy and the DEA could focus on the really harmful drugs like heroin, alcohol, cocaine, meth and all the pharmecutical drugs on the streets today. Weed does Not cause people to drive badly like alcohol and does not cause anger and psychotic episodes like coke and meth, or the horrible decline in health and looks like heroin does. Pot is great for relaxing you and also for stomcach problems. This country wastes too much manpower tracking down pot smugglers when they should be after the really dangerous drugs. Wake up America. Pot does not change you or hurt you. Isn't it time we legalized this stuff and brought some desperately needed money into the U.S. economy? I've smoked weed for over 30 years and I'm healthy and normal with no criminal record. You go Willie. No biggie dude.

    November 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Donna

      minor edit: I smoke weed for 30 years and I am a loser

      November 27, 2010 at 3:52 pm | Report abuse |
  6. Mike

    Folks....this insanity has to stop. California tried passing legalization but it failed for a variety of economic reasons including fighting the US in courts over the matter. We continually arrest our children and make them criminals and they must endure that label their entire life. It will take the Federal government to change the law. It won't happen state by state. Not until we raise enough hell and force the Feds to change the law we will forever be arresting people for marijuana use and putting them in prison. It ruins lives and spends tax dollars from trials in court to incarceration. I won't even go into the Mexico issues but it has to do with the sale of marijuana in the US. The last three presidents of the United States have smoked pot! Willie even smoked with one of them at the White House!! We need to change this idiotic law...Don't tell me all heavy drugs start with pot. That's like saying all alcoholics started on coca cola. CHANGE THE FEDERAL LAWS!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 3:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Mike

      what I meant to say is that we need to make tougher FEDERAL LAWS against POT!!!!!!!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 3:56 pm | Report abuse |
  7. American X

    Actually, I made everything up and pot smokers should go to jail.

    November 27, 2010 at 3:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Austin

    Willie Nelson is the man... FREE WILLIE!!!!! For all you ignorant people, it grows from the ground like tobacco. You better step off if you know whats good for you, Johnny Law!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 3:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      pot is for dirty hippies

      November 27, 2010 at 3:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      I will also free your willie

      November 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  9. JIM


    November 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Austin

      jim, i have a great willie, do you want it?

      November 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Forrest

    Oh my God, come on already! Arresting Willie Nelson for pot is a good use of police resources? We have terrorists building bombs in our own country. We have police getting shot, we have marines getting stabbed at Toys-For-Tots drives, and you ignorants ( i'd use harsher language but this is a public forum) want to harass a peace loving man like Willie Nelson!? The "authority" in this country makes me sick.

    November 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
  11. DB

    Does Law Enforcement have nothing better to do?

    November 27, 2010 at 3:57 pm | Report abuse |
    • Le

      no, nothing better. Next stupid question:

      November 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  12. nonconformist

    I hope this is a publicity stunt for Willie. Why would he be at the border getting his own pot? Also, I'm for keeping Willie in jail cause he's bogarting all the pot.

    November 27, 2010 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Gigliotti007

    Who cares pot should be legal it's like booze form the 20s

    November 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Iron-e

    for God sake's, just legalize it already...

    November 27, 2010 at 3:59 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Gigliotti007

    Who cares

    November 27, 2010 at 4:03 pm | Report abuse |
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