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. manuallabor

    According to the government,Marijuana is a schedule one drug meaning they consider it more deadly that cocaine and heroin. Why do they still support this lie? are they REALLY that stupid, or is it just the fact they cannot admit lying about it for almost 80 years? Marijuana has killed NO ONE, compared to the totals of cocaine, heroin, and even more so ALCOHOL, Yet the government stands by its lie that Marijuana is the MOST deadliest,,,cough, cough BS.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:33 pm | Report abuse |
  2. DirTy SoUTh

    Don't despise it, LEGALIZE IT!

    November 27, 2010 at 11:37 pm | Report abuse |
  3. John Doughboy

    Willie, we're still proud of you for your great artistry with singing and music. I'm sure the folks in Abbott, TX are still proud of you also since you grew up there. i wish you well with your efforts in fighting the battle of this stuff for which you have for many years. One day, just maybe one day, you can fully proclaim you have won the battle. Many are pulling for you !!

    November 27, 2010 at 11:43 pm | Report abuse |
  4. M.K.

    Any thing that alters minds should not be used while operating vehicles on the highways, or any other place. it does not require the brains of a rocket scientist to come to that simple conclusion. vehicles are dangerous enough when every body is stone sober. Only an idiot would argue otherwise.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:45 pm | Report abuse |
  5. Jack Wood

    If my dad had been stoned instead of drunk, maybe he wouldn't have beat up my mother and tore up the house all the time.

    November 27, 2010 at 11:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jerome

      Got to totally agree there with you.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:43 am | Report abuse |
    • amp

      I couldn't agree with you more!!! Mine too.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:45 am | Report abuse |
    • Rino

      My father drunk very little, but I know my life and all the rest of the family's would have been so much better if he smoked pot

      November 28, 2010 at 12:57 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      If our dad's would have done neither, and loved us and our mom's for real, that would have been better still –

      November 28, 2010 at 1:00 am | Report abuse |
    • umgaw

      Why? Why? WhY!!!!!!! For God's Sakes our border patrol must have something better to do than harass an American Icon. That is unless Willy was carrying Mexican grown marijuana. If your gonna use, buy not buy blood soaked weed.

      November 28, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • jj

      Or got your mother pregnant with you...

      November 28, 2010 at 1:18 am | Report abuse |
    • Dave

      My dad never drank and he did the same thing. I don't think it's the alcohol; it's the person. The alcohol just brings it out.

      November 28, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • ted arndt

      Willie has paid his dues over & over & over again, leave him the fk alone. This guy is basically in his home on wheels minding his own, he is always nice, always peaceful and accomodating. Im pretty sure if I had his money though I would by one hell of a filtration and ozone system for that rig Willie

      November 28, 2010 at 2:17 am | Report abuse |
    • S Kyle

      ...and mine would still be alive...

      November 28, 2010 at 2:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Delores

      Leave my man, Willie, alone. He once said that he was the only man who was ever arrested for sleeping under the influence of a drug. Guess that is what happened on the tour bus too. Don't we have bigger issues at the border than Willie Nelson??

      November 28, 2010 at 3:48 am | Report abuse |
    • wolflove

      yes had my now ex and dead hubby left the booze alone not only would he be alive but i wouldnt carry the scars from the beatings

      November 28, 2010 at 8:08 am | Report abuse |
    • Calvin

      Pot has basically the same effect as alcohol, with more carcinogens. You are dreaming that life would be better with pot vs. drink. Same effect, different stupiding agent.

      November 28, 2010 at 8:25 am | Report abuse |
    • Randy

      I have to agree with you too on that. Plus it isn't new news of this guy smoking pot. He has been a supporter for ages. We really need to legalize it. This new stuff to mimic it that has a chemical in it is the type of thing that is going to happen if we don't get the real stuff. There is way to much stress in society and we do need a way to relax.

      November 28, 2010 at 8:34 am | Report abuse |
    • will

      No Calvin, pot does not have the same effect as alchohol. If you do not understand the topic,please do not post.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:07 am | Report abuse |
    • WTW

      Calvin and the like – thanks for a good example of a lack of education. Dont feel bad, you have lots of friends, cheers.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Callie K.

      I agree with Randy. How is this news? Now, " Why are our tax dollars being spent on this?" is news. Throwing a famous and good natured marijuana advocate in jail only goes to highlight the absurdity of wasting time and money on marijuana arrests.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:14 am | Report abuse |
    • Bill Vestal

      What about the rumor that__ Marijuana soaked water__ is being sprayed on vehicles by the drug gangs at border crossings?
      Did Willie's vehicle get hit by Marijuana spray that alerted the dogs?

      Is this an attempt to tie up the borders in useless searches?

      November 28, 2010 at 9:34 am | Report abuse |
    • Logan

      Pot has basically the same effect as alcohol, with more carcinogens. You are dreaming that life would be better with pot vs. drink. Same effect, different stupiding agent."

      You sir are an idiot. Smoke a bowl tonight. Go out and drink 6 beers tomorrow. Tell me how you feel. The same?

      November 28, 2010 at 9:50 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      What a waste of time. What a waste of resourses. How many of our soldiers were killed in Afghanastan this week? How many people died from AIDS or from cancer? Honestly, there are so many more other things going on in the world that need our attention than to worry about an old man getting high. The worst thing that ever happened to me when I was high is that I ate too much ice cream. I grew up with an abusive alcoholic Father. I'll take a chilled out stoned father over that any day. And besides, Willie Nelson is cool as hell. Leave him alone.

      November 28, 2010 at 10:37 am | Report abuse |
    • Rick

      Where do you get the mariuana spray? I'd like to try that. Oh, and that Calvin dude is a dumd ass

      November 28, 2010 at 10:44 am | Report abuse |
  6. mrhapiguy

    free willie! (sorry couldn't resist)

    November 27, 2010 at 11:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shorty

      LOL! That made my day!

      November 28, 2010 at 1:39 am | Report abuse |
    • aLiCe

      now......that was damn funny

      November 28, 2010 at 2:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Todd


      November 28, 2010 at 7:06 am | Report abuse |
    • mrhapiguy made my day

      OK, not many things on these boards make me smile – you made me lol!

      November 28, 2010 at 7:16 am | Report abuse |
    • DM


      November 28, 2010 at 9:36 am | Report abuse |
  7. Gary

    Willy.......come North, we love you in Canada!

    November 27, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Edward

      Canada is such a great country and you have just found a way to make it even better. Willie, come to Canada.

      November 28, 2010 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  8. SPLAT!~~


    November 27, 2010 at 11:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • bob

      Ban Texas while driving!

      November 28, 2010 at 12:09 am | Report abuse |
  9. john

    When are we going sack our immoral, idiotic and infinitely harmful drug war?

    November 28, 2010 at 12:06 am | Report abuse |
  10. Cassandra

    Leave Willie alone! A little weed never hurt anybody! Light it up!!!

    November 28, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  11. mrhapiguy

    anyone who smokes on occasion knows this is a fact: get baked at a party and you will drink less booze. smoking pot robs you of your 'ambition' to drink alcohol. legalization is good for society, bad for the booze industry.

    oh yeah, in response to the dimwit criticizing pot smokers for the situation in Mexico; um, that problem would not exist if pot was legal. duh. I thought pot smokers are the dummies...

    November 28, 2010 at 12:15 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      The reason it's illegal is that it causes impairment of judgment – difficulty in understanding what's good for your mind, life and relationships. You attest to this impairment by your inability to reason through the concept of not adding yet another drug to the "legal" list of substances that dumb people down and leave them making poor choices that negatively impact themselves and others.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:50 am | Report abuse |
    • muhrvis

      So then "Reason" you are suggesting that the poster is stoned because he doesn't agree with your assessment of the nation's laws? Ah, that is very rational...

      November 28, 2010 at 12:59 am | Report abuse |
    • Rino

      dear "reason," according to your logic, the Republican party should be illegal. I agree with you.

      November 28, 2010 at 1:03 am | Report abuse |
    • Scott

      Reason, you are wrong maybe you should learn a little history or study some sociology. The reason pot is unlawful is because senators in California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas forced it to be added in with other drugs to effect Mexican immigration. Way back in the 1920s and 30s studies were done showing no harmful effects from marijuana but those states had it added in to stop Mexican immigration. They figured that if Mexicans could not smoke marijuana here they would not come here. Congress needed the votes so they went with adding marijuana.

      November 28, 2010 at 1:05 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      Yes – his first sentence implies that – unless he spends time with stoners who have imparted their wisdom and he ran with it without considering other aspects. His comment: "I thought pot smokers are the dummies", suggests other thoughtful opinions are not based on intelligence. What do you think, and why? Are there any other sides to this that may be valid?

      November 28, 2010 at 1:09 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      Scott – wow – I really never heard that before – I'll check that out.
      My opinion is based on ~ 40 years of watching first hand what negative effects pot, and other drugs, have had on peoples families, careers, and their lives in general. I don't want my kids going down that road. Are you okay with that?

      November 28, 2010 at 1:19 am | Report abuse |
    • carashere

      Reason - please don't group pot with other drugs. Based on my 46 years of experience in watching the effects of pot smoking versus those of alcohol, I would vastly prefer that my children smoke pot. Vastly. I don't think that it's difficult to differentiate between ingesting a plant in it's natural form and ingesting other adulterated and chemically twisted substances. As far as "dumbing you down", yes, that's what alcohol and a lot of other drugs do. That is not what pot does. It might slow you down, in the sense of you're now taking time to smell the roses, but your thoughts on the roses would be far deeper than those of a drinker, or even of a completely "unimpaired" person.

      November 28, 2010 at 1:38 am | Report abuse |
    • Reality

      Get over it and find a new way to relax, like a book.

      November 28, 2010 at 6:49 am | Report abuse |
    • You are jack a nininny


      I'm sorry – but you just described religion too – we should ban religion:

      The reason it's illegal is that it causes impairment of judgment – difficulty in understanding what's good for your mind, life and relationships. You attest to this impairment by your inability to reason through the concept of not adding yet another drug to the "legal" list of substances that dumb people down and leave them making poor choices that negatively impact themselves and others.

      November 28, 2010 at 7:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoopid iz az Stoopid duz

      I toked up while working full time in a professional office job and earning my MBA at night, not to mention I finished in the top-10% of my class. Pot, just like alcohol, effects different people in different ways. In moderation, you can live a highly functional and successful life. The issue is not pot or alcohol use, it's irresponsible abuse.

      November 28, 2010 at 7:31 am | Report abuse |
    • Stoopid iz az Stoopid duz

      And I am sure some jerk will say something like "University of Pheonix isn't a real school", but the reality is I earned my MBA at an accredited private university which has been a top-10 school in US News and World Report's rankings for most of the last decade.

      November 28, 2010 at 7:33 am | Report abuse |
    • DM

      It's legal in Holland and they are doing much better than Americans.

      November 28, 2010 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Ant

      @ Reason: The reason it's illegal is that it causes impairment of judgment – difficulty in understanding what's good for your mind, life and relationships.

      I know plenty of doctors, lawyers, cops, dentists, real estate agents, investment bankers, accountants, that all light up occasionally. For you to assume that those who blaze it up now and then can not contribute to society or be functional adults means all you know about MJ is what you hear from conservative media. Check into who is funding all the anti-Marijuana legalization campaigns. It's the alcohol, tobacco, and pharmaceutical industries.

      November 28, 2010 at 11:40 am | Report abuse |
  12. john

    The pressure our government is putting the governments of producing countries is casing the violent deaths of many more people than those deaths here resulting from overdose, etc. Stop the drug war NOW!

    November 28, 2010 at 12:18 am | Report abuse |
  13. LiberateUs

    In the early 20'th century, Cocaine was considered a "wonder drug." Now its illegal because of racial bias that took place throughout that time. But thats another story

    November 28, 2010 at 12:19 am | Report abuse |
    • Reason

      You're clearly unaware of the physical damage done by cocaine. You're also – and unintentionally I believe – ignorant of the addictive nature of the drug. You're clearly also unaware of the intensified stupidity as a result of using the drug.

      November 28, 2010 at 12:55 am | Report abuse |
  14. God-ish

    Isn't this silly?.....

    November 28, 2010 at 12:25 am | Report abuse |
  15. rick springfield

    He's a hit in jail in the Johnny Cash genre. I hear everybody wants him to sing, "On the road again." Really all Willie wants to do is write his own letters to Ephesus. Only problem is that he wants to send away for Opium.

    November 28, 2010 at 12:26 am | Report abuse |
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