Friday, April 1, 2011

Marijuana Use In Texas OK As Long As You Are Willie Nelson


Nelson with Texas pride and paraphernalia

Willie Nelson was arrested November 26, 2010 at a checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, after Border Patrol caught a whiff of Nelson's hotboxed tour bus and found 6 pounds of marijuana inside.

Hudspeth County Prosecuter Kit Bramblett had said Nelson could resolve the charges by pleading guilty, paying a fine — and singing "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain" for the court. Bramblett also has told The Associated Press that the judge "wants to meet Willie." Judge Becky Dean-Walker told The Associated Press she thinks the prosecutor was trying to be funny, "and it got out of hand." Bramblett stated on Tuesday, March 29 that Nelson can plead guilty without coming to court and singing.

For your average Texan, that'd be a $10,000 fine and 2-10 years prison time, along with a third-degree felony on your rap sheet. Nelson doesn't even have to show up in court and both the judge and prosecutor have made national news and ended up looking silly. There's a reason Texas legislator Jim McReynolds has called Nelson "the most powerful Texan of all."

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