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. Gary Farmer

    Leave the old man alone! Your not going to change his mind about smoking weed by arresting him.

    This makes me upset. An old man whom dosnt bother anyone yet provides entertainment gets arrested for smoking pot.
    If you cant arrest everyone you shouldnt arrest anyone. Gee wiz! The poor old guy has to go through turmoil for smoking weed. MAN OH MAN!

    November 27, 2010 at 7:32 pm | Report abuse |
    • yes-we-cannabis

      OK... Willie is old, and so are most of us that quietly smoke a bit to unwind and chill out.... self-medication of the natural kind better than Prozac, better than the poison that big pharma is pushing with the help of doctors and drug stores.... Willie has been and will always be my hero for speaking his mind – minding his own business and leading the way to support family farms and good ole country values! One of the biggest scams perpetrated by Monsanto, DuPont and all the rest of the petro-chemical companies to keep their precious poisonous CRAP spewing out of their refineries and chemical plants.... first and foremost it is to keep HEMP (NOT A DRUG) illegal cause it would ruin them. If Pot is Illegal – then HEMP can be kept illegal. During WWII EVERYONE was required to plant at least an acre of hemp to support the war effort!!! Read: The Emperor Wears No Clothes by Jack Herer.... get real everyone – BIG pharma, chemical, and oil companies run this country.... throw the Ba*tard out!!!! and then celebrate with a great big dubbie!!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm | Report abuse |
  2. R. Graaff

    Outrage, you bunch of Nazi's harassing peaceful pot-heads!!!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John

    Isn't this a waste of space reporting this? Pot is illegal, but drinking is legal. Doesn't make sense to me.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. michael

    Free Willie!!!!! I am going to Vaporize a Bag in Honor of Willie!!!! This Country has bigger issues

    November 27, 2010 at 7:45 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachbell

      HOW do you do that? I would love to know how!

      November 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
    • sheesh

      bag is either very,very small. or what you are smoking is garbage. vape a bag... idiot

      November 27, 2010 at 10:53 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Mac

    "I'll never smoke pot with Willie again". I don't even smoke pot, but would love to sit down and share a joint with Willie with a couple of guitars. Let the poor old fuc$$##er smoke his pot. He ain't bothering anyone. God love Willie, one of the greatest contry singers ever. Put your emphasis on the real criminals.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:46 pm | Report abuse |
  6. michael

    30 tons busted at the border,and we are worried about Willie?Hell legalize it

    November 27, 2010 at 7:49 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Dandy Don

    Willie is my favorite. What a voice, what a songwriter! And what a great American. I don't smoke anything except for an occasional turkey. What really galls me is that the Border Patrol arrested him. All I've heard for 10 years now is that the Border Patrol needs more men in order to fight the Mexican drug cartels. What incredible hypocrisy.
    Willie never tries to hide it and readily admits it. Boy, those guys that got him should get a medal. I'd be glad to pin it on them if they would turn around so I'd know where to stick it.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  8. wowlv

    Marijuana does not cause overdose deaths. The number of people in hospital emergency rooms who say they have used marijuana has increased. On this basis, the visit may be recorded as marijuana-related even if marijuana had nothing to do with the medical condition preceding the hospital visit. Many more teenagers use marijuana than use drugs such as heroin and cocaine. As a result, when teenagers visit hospital emergency rooms, they report marijuana much more frequently than they report heroin and cocaine. In the large majority of cases when marijuana is mentioned, other drugs are mentioned as well. In 1994, fewer than 2% of drug related emergency room visits involved the use of marijuana.

    Brown, Lee. Quoted in U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Press Release, National Drug Survey Results Released with New Youth Public Education Materials. Rockville: 12 September 1995.

    Shalala, Donna. "Say ‘No’ to Legalization of Marijuana." Wall Street Journal 18 August 1995: A10.

    Shuster, Charles. Quoted in Drug Enforcement Administration. Drug Legalization: Myths and Misconceptions. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice, 1994. 5.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. D

    Dont thin Willie is a dealer. He probably keeps several pounds here and there for personal stash.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:52 pm | Report abuse |
  10. B. Richards

    Apparently the country has plenty of tax dollars to waste on this frivolity.

    We can subtract $16 Billion a year from the budget deficit when we legalize pot.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • rachbell

      Now THAT is a brilliant idea!! I had such 'high' hopes for California. They blew it. I guess it will never be legal in Massachusetts. I can see it in my future now....70 year old woman arrested for toking up.

      November 27, 2010 at 8:06 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Rhonda

    Willie hasn't hurt anyone, and isn't hurting anyone by smoking weed. Let's make it legal, and save the jails for the real criminals. If it's ok for a woman to murder her unborn child because "it's her body", then an elderly man who wants to smoke weed should be allowed to because "it's his body". If you hear that someone commits a crime while they were high on marijuana, it is either a lie, or they were also doing hard drugs and drinking alcohol.

    November 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Tam

    ooooh, what a dangerous man! ridiculous. How much has he contributed to the farmers through his Farm-aid?

    November 27, 2010 at 7:58 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Autumn

    ..... If the Goverment don't make you pay taxes for selling this stuff I want a Job....
    The bricks of cash were found in homes belonging to Daniel "El Loco" Barrera, the national police said in a statement. Raids over the past month have netted a total of more than $140 million, police said

    November 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  14. A.C. Ghost

    Well...he quite literally has been smoking the stuff since dime bags actually cost a dime.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
  15. Randy Dowdy in Providence NC

    Willie is happy with his life, always has been. Never hurt anyone, never bothers anyone. Need to do more about the congressmen using cocaine and let the pot laws be repealed.

    The USA is foolish for trying to ban a weed that grows wild, unaltered, all over the earth. Even here in the USA, it grows wild out west.

    All that money wasted, lives ruined, with this victimless crime!

    Yet we don't have money to pay our bills. Repeal the pot laws, cut the prison guard force by over 25%, close down many jails and prisons.

    All over the earth, countries are legalizing pot, with no adverse affects. Learn from it.

    November 27, 2010 at 8:04 pm | Report abuse |
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