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. Perry

    Again, Willie?

    November 27, 2010 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Linda Dey

    FREE WILLIE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:50 pm | Report abuse |
    • joetheplumber

      I'll never smoke weed with Wiliie again, in the fetal position with drool on my chin, I'll never smoke weed with Willie again!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Rick

    Our government and its "Reefer Madness" is out of control – Child Molesters have an easier time with the law than a grown adult with a joint. Our government is disgusting.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • Merlyn

      you are so right Rick!!!! Enough already go after the real criminals leave Willie alone – he's old and deserves to be left alone. He's not hurting anyone.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • bReal

      we need to change this before its too late.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:42 pm | Report abuse |
    • Chris

      TOTALLY agree.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:48 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Marcus in Greensboro, NC

    I'm going to play on both sides. AP picked this up yesterday, and it was reported he was caught with six ounces. Any cannabis user on here knows that at an ounce you automatically get charged with intent to sell, deliver, or distribute. At least for most Americans. His bond was extremely low for six ounces and he was charged with simple possession. If this were Snoop or Lil' Wayne this would be a totally different story. On the other hand, no one cares about cannabis except Congress that probably own stock in private prisons. Reagan is the reason that someone who is almost 100 can get arrested for this drug. Yes, the "War on Drugs" was a Reagan policy that has failed miserably. It has opened a lot of private prisons, but clearly it hasn't stopped anything. Congress could at least take it off as a Schedule 1 drug, especially since there were always medicinal uses for it. Also, there is mounting evidence it's less dangerous than alcohol and tobacco. They should smoke one just to see that they will either order a pizza, take a nap, or laugh a lot more in the next few hours.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
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      November 27, 2010 at 12:59 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackT

      WELL SAID, Sir!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jeff

      > They should smoke one just to see that they will either order a pizza, take a nap, or laugh a lot more in the next few hours.
      Wouldn't this then be covered under Michelle Obama's war on obesity?

      November 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
    • D2

      It was a Nixon policy, Reagan just kicked it up a notch.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
    • D2 is correct...

      ... It was Nixon who first uttered the words "War on Drugs." His administration wanted a way to show Americans that the Federal Government was "our friend," and could have a "positive" effect on a state-to-state level.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:18 pm | Report abuse |
    • Marcus in Greensboro, NC

      D2-I wasn't alive or thought of around the time of Nixon, so I just know that Reagan pushed it. He's the reason people get double digits for small amounts of cannabis.

      Jeff-This has nothing to do with the Obamas. I am sure that if Obama could take cannabis off of the Schedule 1 list, it would have been done when he first got in office. Congress won't let it go because they have too much to lose if they do it. They're afraid the senior citizens aren't going to vote if they take it off when most senior citizens I know would love for them to take it off the list. They don't like going to dangerous areas to get something they want either. There is a market for it, it will create jobs, and cities would get some of the revenue they are losing now.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:24 pm | Report abuse |
    • Elle

      yes – well written!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gerry

      Good post , must say that Nixon was the one. Reaguns never had a thought not scripted.

      November 27, 2010 at 10:58 pm | Report abuse |
  5. vince

    think of all the people willie nelson is hurting by smoking pot.


    what happened to our personal liberties????

    why aren't people allowed to do whatever they want to themselves as long as it doesn't adversely affect the rights of others.

    RON PAUL 2012. time to restore the republic!!!!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
    • allallah

      Ron Paul 2012............NOT!

      November 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackT

      I lived in Texas during the 2008 election. I had to WRITE in my vote for Ron Paul!! In his OWN State!!! Shameful!!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:09 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jeanette in shreveport

    Puuuuullllleeeeeezzzzzzeeeeeee!!!!!!!!!! Leave Willie alone!

    November 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Mike

    And the idiotic war on drugs continues . . . . .

    November 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  8. RickyL

    The Bored Patrol had nothing better to do?

    November 27, 2010 at 12:51 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Queen Barbara

    I am granting my royal pardon to Willy Nelson. Set him free.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Radiator Hose

      my willie is free alredy

      November 27, 2010 at 12:54 pm | Report abuse |
    • boxfandan

      Free Willie.He's 72 for Christ sake.He's not driving,no danger he deserves a free pass for life.Go get the REAL criminals you so called cops.

      November 27, 2010 at 7:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. Ron D-

    The idiocy of us Americans - thinking it's okay to make pot illegal but alcohol is just fine!

    Many people in the USA are struggling financially, but have no problem seeing much of their taxes wasted convicting and locking up people for nothing worse than having a couple of beers after a bunch of hysterical idiots 70 years ago outlawed pot.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:52 pm | Report abuse |
    • Igor

      Let's make alcohol illegal too then

      November 27, 2010 at 1:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackT

      I agree with your train of thought. BUT, you gotta watch, because MADD and the dummies like IGOR here would like to outlaw alcohol also and not legalize pot!!!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:12 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Mark Couvillion

    Why can't the Border Patrol do their job of arresting illegal aliens rather than harass Willie?

    November 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackT

      Because Obama and Eric Holder won't let them. Bad career move to catch Illegal Aliens if you are a Border Patrol Agent. Obama and his cronies need the Hispanic vote, Illegal and legal, for the 2012 elections. They are counting on it, especially now that ACORN is gone and they cannot register any more ghost voters.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:15 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Shady

    Our country is in need of a revolution. It has been along while since we have had one. The people need to rise up and take control of this country again! For the people, by the people of the people! The people that control this country whether it be political or corporate they are no good for this country. How many americans have to be squeezed and strangled to death morally and financially before we have the rich and the poor nothing else. 1% control 99% of the money in this country and 99% have the 1% that's left. Our countries founding fathers and mothers are rolling in their graves at what this country has become and will continue to be. The freedoms and rights that all americans have are being slowly tested and twisted and if we don't stop these people at the top that want to tell us how to live every day life, we will lose our freedoms 1 by 1 until we are nothing but molded americans that they succeeded on creating.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • Radiator Hose

      keep writing this crap and one day you'll get a knock at your door...

      November 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
    • JackT

      I have been ready for years now. I won't lead, but I WILL follow. I wonder how many others feel the same way. Talking doesn't help. Yelling doesn't help. Tea Party's don't change much. Maybe it is time to get a rope and make some changes. Nothing else seems to work.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod

      People like radiator hose are cows to be led to slaughter. Look, the 1% only think they are in charge. History always repeats itself. The US is Rome and Rome fell due to greed, this is inevitable. Deal with it. The masses can only be kept down for so long, then "POP". Then when will the rich hide, and they will hide.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse |
    • MW84

      @Radiator Hose-I dont think anyone who says "My Willie is already free" has any right to tell people about the "crap" they are writing!

      November 27, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • never had control

      We NEVER had control of this country. Information availability is making us more aware of how ridiculous govt is. Since winners write history we THINK we used to have some influence. We do need to do something, but need to remember we don't live in a vacuum. Seems like things are so bad, but we've never had it better except for around 5-10 years ago. Things will improve as long as we have sound logic as our guide, not irrational emotions.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:59 pm | Report abuse |
  13. Che Bravo

    Arresting Willie for weed? Why bother? He won't stop. Neither will the millions of other non-violent Americans that smoke weed. This country's legislation needs some major overhauling.

    November 27, 2010 at 12:55 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Linda

    No one is above the law, he just plain messed up this past Friday by havin' it on him.....

    November 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • RickyL

      Willy violated no "Law," he broke a rule, a regulation.........dippidee doo dah day.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
    • Tod

      Tell this to the corporate CEO's and companies like Haliburton. Tell this to the shadow government leaders that good old crooked GW put into effect. IF the law is the law, then why are there so many illegal "visitors" in this country. Where is justice, it is in the toilet for the top 1%, they don't have to follow the laws they wrote, because they are above the law, at least they think so.

      November 27, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  15. chowder

    is a g a y

    November 27, 2010 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Gayola

      G a y is good

      November 27, 2010 at 1:01 pm | Report abuse |
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