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Scott Galindez: "In a major coup for the border patrol's war on drug smuggling on the Mexican border, authorities seized 6 ounces of marijuana and detained notorious pot-smoking outlaw Willie Nelson."

Singer, songwriter, American poet, Willie Nelson, 05/08/08. (photo: Unknown)
Singer, songwriter, American poet, Willie Nelson, 05/08/08. (photo: Unknown)



Dangerous Outlaw Willie Nelson
Detained by Border Patrol

By Scott Galindez, Reader Supported News

27 November 10


Reader Supported News | Perspective


n a major coup for the border patrol's war on drug smuggling on the Mexican border, authorities seized 6 ounces of marijuana and detained notorious pot-smoking outlaw Willie Nelson. Nelson was detained after a border patrol officer heroically boarded his tour bus after detecting a pungent scent in the air

US Border Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks said Nelson's tour bus was stopped at a checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas, at about 9 a.m. on Friday. He said an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up 6 ounces of marijuana.

Brooks said Nelson was among three people arrested.

Nelson and his crew were reportedly on their way to Austin following a gig in California. The arrest did not take place on the border, but at a checkpoint well inside the United States.

When news of the arrest leaked to Twitter, tweeters were shocked and Nelson shot up to the top of the trending list.

Comedian John Fugelsang pointed out that while Willie Nelson was arrested in Texas for 6 ounces of cannabis, God, who produces it naturally across the globe, is still at large.

A popular retweet: "They arrested Willie Nelson for weed?!? That's like arresting Santa for breaking and entering."

Rock guitarist Slash tweeted: "All things considered, Willie Nelson should have a federal issue, no limit marijuana license. End of story."

However, others tweeted that they would be able to sleep better knowing that Nelson is off the streets.

It didn't take long for Sage Francis to start a new "hash" tag: #FreeWilly.

According to multiple media sources Nelson was released after posting bail in the amount of $2,500.

While I mixed in a little satire, the sad thing is that this is a true story. How many of you would have even looked for the pot? I think I would have told Willie to make sure the driver didn't get stoned, and to have a nice day. After I got his autograph of course.


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDQANmQO2g0



Scott Galindez attended Syracuse University, where he first became politically active. The writings of El Salvador's slain archbishop Oscar Romero and the on-campus South Africa divestment movement converted him from a Reagan supporter to an activist for Peace and Justice. Over the years he has been influenced by the likes of Philip Berrigan, William Thomas, Mitch Snyder, Don White, Lisa Fithian, and Paul Wellstone. Scott met Marc Ash while organizing counterinaugural events after George W. Bush's first stolen election. Scott will be spending a year covering the presidential election from Iowa.

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+54 # bjw 2010-11-27 12:05
Dang, I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of that border patrol officer. I hope someone puts his details on the web so the comedians can deal with him appropriately. Maybe it's time for a smoke-in down in Texas.
 
 
+21 # Mulekist 2010-11-27 14:54
I'm down! Lets go!


Quoting bjw:
Dang, I wouldn't want to be in the shoes of that border patrol officer. I hope someone puts his details on the web so the comedians can deal with him appropriately. Maybe it's time for a smoke-in down in Texas.
 
 
+15 # bjw 2010-11-27 18:58
I just found this article about Willie and his stays at the White House during the Carter years. Roslyn sang a duet with him. He smoked on the roof.

Can ex-president's give pardons? amnesty? What ever. Leave Willie alone.

http://www.history.com/this-day-in-history/president-carter-attends-willie-nelson-concert-at-white-house
 
 
+5 # Wayne Fisher 2010-11-28 11:10
I'm pretty sure I've met this road agent disguised as a "border patrol officer".I learned then, my friend, that a badge in Texas is a license to steal. End of story.
 
 
-1 # B. 2010-11-29 12:30
Quoting Wayne Fisher:
I'm pretty sure I've met this road agent disguised as a "border patrol officer".I learned then, my friend, that a badge in Texas is a license to steal. End of story.

From my experience, a badge in any state is a license to steal. (double that for "Drug Taskforces")
 
 
+5 # Homer 2010-11-28 17:45
Don't you know that Ann Richards and Molly Ivins are rolling in their graves and laughing their asses off. Does Willie smoke pot....uhhh is a duck's ass watertight? Molly said we had the best politicians that money could buy (in Texas and DC) but methinks we also have some of the dumbest. I spent the first 57 years of my life in that neanderthal state and I'm sooooo glad to NOT be there now.
 
 
+2 # PensiveGadfly 2010-11-30 09:21
I'm still here--and its still as awful. How did you get out??? Help!
 
 
+3 # d.r. 2010-11-30 12:58
'all the federalies say---could have had him any day---we only let him slip away-- out of kindness, I suppose.'
 
 
+71 # Isa Kocher 2010-11-27 12:38
it's so comforting to know that our government is keeping us safe from willy nelson.
 
 
+40 # DaveW. 2010-11-27 13:58
Isa, Yes, America is safer today because Willie Nelson, Desperado, has been nabbed at the Texas border. Governor Perry no doubt has an aversion to men in pigtails. To celebrate our "border efficiency" and for this momentous occasion in the defense of our "freedoms", I'm gonna "roll one" using the paper from Cheech and Chong's "Big Bambu" album whilst I listen to Willie sing "Mama, don't let your babies grow up to be cowboys." Peace to you, Brother Willie!
 
 
+9 # bjw 2010-11-27 17:26
Here's that song with Willie and friends.

Mamas, don't let your babies grow up in Texas!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ngbcsxFET68
 
 
+126 # mw 2010-11-27 12:42
Seriously? Isn't there someone in TX wanted for war crimes and bragging about it?
 
 
+76 # inamasu 2010-11-27 13:13
What about that other "criminal" for starting a war--Is it GWB? What a waste of time and a revelation of Texas ignorance--at least wrong priorities.
 
 
+27 # giraffe 2010-11-27 13:31
Quoting mw:
Seriously? Isn't there someone in TX wanted for war crimes and bragging about it?

thank you "MW" -- all those shrubs blowing in the TS wind caused more deaths than someone USING (not selling) weed
 
 
+6 # Lindmuth 2010-11-27 16:02
How can you even think that? One is a politician, the other is not. Enough said!!!
Quoting mw:
Seriously? Isn't there someone in TX wanted for war crimes and bragging about it?
 
 
+2 # Unclepurple 2010-11-28 10:40
Yes, and if that traitorous bastard sets foot in Vermont he's toast! I'd love to tell you what I really think, but the last time I posted those wishes the Secret Service came to visit me!
 
 
0 # William Colbert 2010-12-05 13:33
Reminds me of what Dr. GoodVibes once said in the LAFreepress: Never carry when you can stash, never carry where it cannot become your hand, never carry more than you can swallow
 
 
+35 # giraffe 2010-11-27 12:50
6 ounces? When we have killers bringing in TONS of the stuff? May all the talking heads and the comedians play this one to the top of the charts. While I don't use and can't stand the smell - I think weed is mild compared to the results of what alcoholics do -- and of course other illegal (and legal) ddrug users do to other people - LIKE KILLING, RAPE, MAIMING, and you name it !!! O M G
 
 
+9 # Ohgahd 2010-11-27 12:51
Well, until cannabis is legalized or at least decriminalized, which it should be, Willie ain't above the law, now is he? Texas is the last place that I would want to be busted for pot as draconian as they are!
 
 
-43 # ksw sma 2010-11-27 12:54
I believe pot should be legalized; I believe all drugs should be legalized. However as it remains illegal, and there is terrible violence and bloodshed around its delivery to the enormous, eager US market of buyers, I don't think anybody who buys and uses drugs, esp. a popular public figure who openly smokes marijauna, is setting a good example of what's "cool".
 
 
+31 # pgobrien 2010-11-27 16:13
If he grows his own, I have no problem with it. Arresting him is a waste of police resources and if this is what our police are required to do to adhere to the rules of their job, then we should change the rules. Legalize pot.
 
 
+17 # msvoner 2010-11-27 23:38
Willie's probably been smokin' weed since before it became illegal. Isn't he "grandfathered- in"?!!
 
 
+8 # Panama Red 2010-11-28 14:48
Quoting ksw sma:
I believe pot should be legalized; I believe all drugs should be legalized. However as it remains illegal, and there is terrible violence and bloodshed around its delivery to the enormous, eager US market of buyers, I don't think anybody who buys and uses drugs, esp. a popular public figure who openly smokes marijauna, is setting a good example of what's "cool".


Well, the bloodshed and violence are directly related to the fact that the substance is prohibited. PROHIBITION doesn't work. It only breeds crime. When was the last time you heard of someone killing people off to corner the market on the liquor franchise. Yet during alcohol prohibition gangland massacres occurred on a regular basis. Legalize it, Tax it, and if you want to be a bleeding heart about it, send some of the tax money to drug rehab facilities, but for god's sake, what point is there in sending a man in his 70's to prison for what is for the most part a victimless crime. Texas sucks, the war on drugs sucks and so do holier than thou prohibitionists .
 
 
+1 # stinger 2010-12-06 16:48
Prohibition doesn't work? Thats like saying abstinence doesn't workQuoting Panama Red:
Quoting ksw sma:
I believe pot should be legalized; I believe all drugs should be legalized. However as it remains illegal, and there is terrible violence and bloodshed around its delivery to the enormous, eager US market of buyers, I don't think anybody who buys and uses drugs, esp. a popular public figure who openly smokes marijauna, is setting a good example of what's "cool".


Well, the bloodshed and violence are directly related to the fact that the substance is prohibited. PROHIBITION doesn't work. It only breeds crime. When was the last time you heard of someone killing people off to corner the market on the liquor franchise. Yet during alcohol prohibition gangland massacres occurred on a regular basis. Legalize it, Tax it, and if you want to be a bleeding heart about it, send some of the tax money to drug rehab facilities, but for god's sake, what point is there in sending a man in his 70's to prison for what is for the most part a victimless crime. Texas sucks, the war on drugs sucks and so do holier than thou prohibitionists.
 
 
+1 # William Colbert 2010-12-05 13:38
Cirrhosis of the liver went down whenever alcohol became hard to get - WW-I, WW-II and Prohibition. What is a good drug and what is a bad one? Ever seen a patient with hepatic encephalopathy from alcohol use? You don't want to.
 
 
+44 # genierae 2010-11-27 13:00
That border patrol officer must have been a Republican, everyone knows they don't have a sense of humor. On further thought, being a Republican is probably a requirement for the job, any Democrat worth his salt would have let Willie go.
 
 
+27 # giraffe 2010-11-27 13:34
Quoting genierae:
That border patrol officer must have been a Republican, everyone knows they don't have a sense of humor. On further thought, being a Republican is probably a requirement for the job, any Democrat worth his salt would have let Willie go.

I agree and disagee: A Democrat would have used their time to catch real criminal and shrubs (See MW above)
 
 
+2 # josephhill 2010-11-28 12:57
"That border patrol officer must have been a Republican, everyone knows they don't have a sense of humor. On further thought, being a Republican is probably a requirement for the job, any Democrat worth his salt would have let Willie go."
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

There are VERY few "Democrats" worth their salt. The answer to this miscarriage of justice is not to replace Republicans with Democrats...it' s to replace ALL the gutless officeholders with progressives who are willing to stand up and repeal these ridiculous laws against smoking grass.

"Democrats" who are not 'part of the solution' are a large 'part of the problem'. We are in desperate need of a 3rd party which will actually represent the interests of "We The People".
 
 
+3 # josephhill 2010-11-28 13:06
"A Democrat would have used their time to catch real criminal and shrubs (See MW above)."

>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

What about the jerk in the White House? He has given ALL of Bush's war criminals a free pass. The current crop of Obama 'Democrats' have let the Bush gang [literally!] get away with Murder. Don't pin any hopes on the "re-constituted Democrats"...th ey are busy trying to dress themselves up as 'Republicans'.
 
 
0 # dream 2010-11-28 11:27
This is why it is all messed up. See I am a republican and I certainly don't believe cannabis is lawfully illegal. Post like this sure makes it hard to cooperate on restoring liberty or wiping out the special interest groups influences in government.
 
 
+2 # genierae 2010-11-29 10:03
dream: Please name one Republican politician who has a sense of humor? I'm not talking about sneering sarcasm, I'm talking about an honest, healthy sense of how funny life can be, an ability to forget about what divides us long enough to laugh about the comedy of human nature. I think that most Republicans in office these days would immediately use Willie's arrest to smear both pot, and liberals. I'm glad to hear that you, as a Republican, want to cooperate with Dems to do good things, but I am under no illusion that the Republicans in D.C. feel the same way.
 
 
+26 # wheel12 2010-11-27 13:13
The President must call the Security Council into session at once. What are we going to do with this international crisis? This could make the great wall street fraud bailout pale by comparison! I'm shaken to my bones! Oh! never again!
 
 
+39 # Susan W 2010-11-27 13:14
I suppose if you haven't met your arrest quota for the day then Willie would be a pretty good bet to fill it. What an asinine joke this country has turned into.
 
 
+5 # msvoner 2010-11-27 23:40
no kidding, they knew he could afford the ticket...
 
 
+24 # Annette Smith 2010-11-27 13:23
What are the chances that if this happened to some ordinary citizen, he or she might have the $2500?
 
 
+24 # bobpomeroy 2010-11-27 13:27
enough already. I hope he takes it all the way. What a misallocation of tax dollars.
 
 
+38 # Charles Gorgano 2010-11-27 13:35
It just gives Willie some publicity and that's great, why Don't they worry about the real issues in this country and leave people alone about smoking a little pot and legalize it for god's sake. It's time we grew up and delt with the real problems.
 
 
+7 # Kris 2010-11-27 13:39
From the treatment of Squanto and native Americans in general, to the fact the US(along w those paragons of justice like china and Iran) is one of the very few nations still practicing capital punishment,the european has always had a skewed sense of justice...this is just another prime example of the insane, vicious mindset common among members of the white race.
 
 
+7 # Joe H 2010-11-27 13:44
Maybe the officer should have had a don't ask, don't tell policy with Willie Nelson.

On the other hand, if you drive that close to the border, you know you're going to get caught. Willie needs to be more careful.
 
 
+1 # MIKE 2010-11-29 06:15
Don't ask, don't smell?
 
 
-36 # tom moehn 2010-11-27 13:49
A horrible, horrible man.
 
 
-12 # terry 2010-11-27 17:09
Can you tell by the amount of 'negs' you got that the left also has no sense of humor?
 
 
+5 # Jim44 2010-11-27 17:59
Well, at least 10 of them don't seem to recognize dry commentary when they see it.
 
 
0 # Gary1 2010-11-29 12:54
Terry/ Jim - Now THAT is funny!
 
 
+4 # giraffe 2010-11-27 17:12
Quoting tom moehn:
A horrible, horrible man.

Torn? WHO? the Cop or Willie?
 
 
0 # Bill Clement 2010-11-28 05:44
I know you're talking about the cop, not Willie.....
 
 
+23 # Dan Fletcher 2010-11-27 13:51
Next time they plan on arresting Willie Nelson for 6 oz's of pot would someone please give me a call so I can get arrested with him?! Heck, I'll donate the pot!
 
 
+10 # Dave Nelson 2010-11-27 14:32
Probably $2500 worth of PR. Maybe Willie will get a "sit-com" out of it. Willie Nelson and Sarah Palin: a Yucatan Holiday!
 
 
+15 # Mickeyfilm 2010-11-27 14:02
Actually, we in Texas have come a long way. Back in the 70's you didn't even have to have grass to get busted, the cops always carried some seeds or small amounts to plant on you. One seed would often get you 10 years in the Texas prison sentence. I have a friend who killed a marijuana dealer and spent 28 years in prison, according to the logic, you'd figure the cops would have given him a cash reward. Another friend of mine, Tim K. Banner, a Texas lawyer, made a fortune off representing people in these bust. He once told me it's better to get caught with an 18 Wheeler loaded with it as it was easier for him to get you off on that. Go figure.
Mickey Grant
Former Marijuanna Smoker (did you Texas Ranger guys SEE the word FORMER!)
 
 
0 # William Colbert 2010-12-05 13:55
Good comment. As an IRS person once said, the little guys don't shoot back.
 
 
+2 # Ricki 2010-11-27 14:06
Play the U-tube
 
 
+19 # Jane Gilgun 2010-11-27 14:09
When I think of the number of family members who abuse children sexually, emotionally, and physically, I am thrilled that my tax money goes to arresting crooks like Willie Nelson. Let's keep right on being indifferent to children and spend even more money making politicians look tough. The hell with children.
 
 
-15 # wageslave63 2010-11-27 18:52
Quoting Jane Gilgun:
Let's keep right on being indifferent to children and spend even more money making politicians look tough.

I fail to see your point. Getting drug abusers off the street is not incompatible with also tackling child abuse, much of that abuse being at the hands of drug abusers.
 
 
+6 # vlad 2010-11-28 00:07
you do mean alcohol, of course, right? if we used the same yardstick for alcohol as we do for pot, it would be child abuse to merely drink around a child.
 
 
+1 # giraffe 2010-11-28 10:37
I fail to see your point. Getting drug abusers off the street is not incompatible with also tackling child abuse, much of that abuse being at the hands of drug abusers.

Wageslave: putting police efforts to go after drug USERS (not sellers) takes away from finding the abusers of children. I know! My granddaughter lives with an abusive step mother and although I have a lawsuit - all the court looks at is "parents' rights" - ignoring the CPS report filed when the 5 yeard old TOLD school staff -- THAT is a big problem for MANY CHILDREN in the drug abusing USA. And it's the alcohol that is directly related to CHILD ABUSE in LV, NV. Get it?
 
 
+25 # Robin McMullen 2010-11-27 14:17
The reason that weed is still illegal in the U.S. is exactly what my wise ol' Pappy used to say about moonshine: "It's the preachers and the bootleggers who're agin' legalization." Ask yourself who's making hay from illegal drugs? Growers, sellers, law-makers, and law-enforcers. All, I might add, at the expense of the rest of us, whether we use or not.
 
 
+6 # cheryl davis 2010-11-27 14:24
yikes, don't anybody leak to these cops that i sprinkled a generous portion of hemp seed on my oatmeal this morning!!!
 
 
+2 # Margo 2010-11-27 17:50
I like my hemp seed on my mini wheats!
 
 
+1 # msvoner 2010-11-27 23:47
which has to be imported from Canada!
 
 
0 # msvoner 2010-11-27 23:46
sorry, you're thinking of alcohol and crank, not pot... Getting Willie off the street accomplishes nothing good.
 
 
+9 # planetwaves 2010-11-27 14:37
Legal or illegal is not the issue when the law is unjust; the issue is what matters, and we need to stand up to oppressive laws.

I believe that parking meters are unconstitutiona l (and that the procedure violates civil procedure basics like proper service of the instrument, and conflict of interest).

If everyone pleaded not guilty to parking tickets, and demanded a trial, that would shut down the system.
 
 
+8 # bjw 2010-11-27 16:23
JUry trials are not available for parking tickets or for offenses which are punishable by a fine or less than 6 months in jail. SC case decided on 6 months and above and each state has its own version for lesser offenses.

I opt for community service in place of paying parking tickets. If you can't or do not want to pay, there is usually an alternative. Volunteer for work at the animal shelter. Food banks need people and Meals on Wheels needs volunteers. Much better than paying fines.
 
 
+24 # joe donahue 2010-11-27 14:59
The Mexicans can kill each other for months over drugs using US supplied guns, the Americans can fight a war for 9 years in the country that supplies the worlds heroin, the American population can be hooked on oxycontins and pain pills (here’s where that fat slob Limbaugh, and beck take a bow) but what drug bust do you hear about?
 
 
-58 # Sher 2010-11-27 15:13
You know, I like Willie Nelson. I love his music. But any dumb son of a bitch that will still use that crap and thereby support the murderers in Mexico prospering from its use, is as guilty as they are. Wake up people! Its not a victimless crime
 
 
+14 # bjw 2010-11-27 16:33
If he got his product in California where he was coming from a gig, it was probably locally grown and most likely legal. In CA, even non-medical MJ possession for small amounts has been reduced to the level of a parking ticket offense.

It just another reason to stay out of Texas. You can't get to Austin without going through some dangerous territory.
 
 
+3 # dan 2010-11-27 17:51
i suggest that you are the one that should wake up! if it were'nt a crime, there wouldn't be any victims!
 
 
+15 # DaveW. 2010-11-27 18:55
Sher, "But any dumb son of a bitch that will still use that crap." Does that go for alcohol consumption? Painkiller addiction? I can walk in a "legal" liquor store, buy a bottle of booze, pollute my liver, incur, eventually, massive medical bills, often at enormous cost to society, because of it but I can't "legally" buy a substance that has much less in the way of negative side effects. I can take prescription medication and drive my car, possibly in no condition to do so, but I can't buy a "legal" bag of weed. Why are "some" mind altering drugs, alcohol obviously included, legal, while others are demonized. To put it simply: If alcohol is legal so should Marijuana be. We already know the enormous costs, fiscally, physically and emotionally from alcohol abuse. Or cigarette smoking. We're learning about people jacked up on caffeinated "energy drinks." But a guy is "supporting" murderer's in Mexico if he smokes a joint? What are people doing then when mix the next highball? By your logic: SUPPORTING MURDERERS! Do you or does anyone close to you drink? In doing so are you "supporting" an industry that is a "proven killer." Same with smoking Marlboros. "PROVEN KILLERS."
 
 
+5 # Nels Wight 2010-11-28 05:52
Real sad, isn't it, Dave W?
I'm an 82-yr-old Pedo Viejo here in Maine, and still have a lot of smartenin' up to do but this whole situation is so, so asinine and we're majorly afflicted with anal apertures in denial without much chance of seeing or changing. Alas, and so with the world!
 
 
+1 # DaveW. 2010-11-28 10:44
Nels, It is indeed sad. You have to admit mistakes before you can fix them. A lot of Americans, and as you said, and implied, a lot of the world isn't ready to do that.
Peace Brother!
 
 
+13 # joefriendly 2010-11-27 15:27
Our courts should strike down the marijuana laws as unconstitutiona l encroachment upon our fundamental, constitutionall y protected individual human right of liberty and the right to think. These get constitutional protection from the 9th Amendment and the Declaration of Independence.

Upon such a showing of rights and freedoms at stake our courts are to then hold that the burden shifts to the state whether they can show a reason strong enough to compel the court to allow such encroachment, like actual harmfulness, not simply politics and arbitrary demonization which would normally suffice as basis for legislation if constitutional rights were not at stake!

The recent Prop 19 vote in California, though we lost 46.4% to 53.6%, is actual proof that merely politics, not actual harmfulness is basis for such legislation and our courts should therefore strike down the marijuana laws as unconstitutiona l.

Hopefully, Willie Nelson's lawyers will raise this legal point, the Judge will respond favorably and Willie and all of us can smoke pot freely, get high and think freely at last.
 
 
+19 # Zac Reisner 2010-11-27 15:28
Let's just be grateful, at this Thanksgiving season, that Willie's arrest didn't occur back in 1968, when Texas state law mandated (briefly, until wiser heads prevailed) the Death Penalty for possession of as much as 6 oz. of weed. We might have missed many years of great music, Farm Aid, and all the many other worthwhile contributions Willie has brought to the world.

Don't worry, the trooper who arrested him will probably face his own karmic comeuppance some day. Poor guy, his kids probably already hate him. I agree with some of the other comments above, where's ol' Brother George when ya really need him? They don't call it "Texas Justice" fer nuthin', folks. Mission not yet accomplished...
 
 
+13 # majorwoody 2010-11-27 15:38
Judging by the comments, why isn't it legal yet?
I thought that the American citizens had the right to change the laws....do we need a government to teat us like children and tell us what is good and bad for us...like prohibition?
Millions and millions of dollars wasted each year on the war on drugs...which is a loosing battle!
 
 
+7 # bjw 2010-11-27 16:42
Because it is good medicine for so many conditions and it can be grown so cheaply (even at home), the drug companies would lose too much money. They have a synthetic version (Marinol) which is prescribed for chemo patients. It's a very poor substitute for the real deal and much more expensive.
 
 
+13 # H.M. SUTTON 2010-11-27 15:55
So wonderful to know Willie isn't too old to keep up with his old habits! Go Willie! And let's all keep in mind the searching out of this dangerous drug means job security for our law enforcement guys, the jail operators (increasingly contracted out to private firms and one of the largest growth industries in the nation), the courts, and especially the lawyers! We are just so generous with our tax dollars.
 
 
+23 # geraldom 2010-11-27 16:05
Insider trading when investing in the Stock Market should be illegal and prosecuted every time for anyone caught doing it. But, as we all know, people in high places, people in power, like our lawmakers in Washington as a prime example, probably do it quite often and get away with it because they can't be touched. But Martha Stewart, when she was caught doing it, was prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law without any mercy because she was politically on the wrong side of the line when Bush was president.

In the same way, Willie Nelson, as far as his political views are concerned in the state of Texas, is an enemy of the state. And, as a result of his political views, like Martha Stewart, will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law. It's as simple as that!
 
 
+12 # bjw 2010-11-27 16:56
Willie is more American than even apple pie. Martha is more popular now that she has done a little time and showed real grit. Willie has shown his grit all along including going bankrupt. Texans really can't take the ridicule that will come with this publicity. Heck, Delay was just convicted of money laundering through the RNC. How cool is that? Any bets if he will ever serve a day of the possible 99 year sentence?
 
 
+14 # geraldom 2010-11-27 18:09
Quoting bjw:
Heck, Delay was just convicted of money laundering through the RNC. How cool is that? Any bets if he will ever serve a day of the possible 99 year sentence?


About a snowball's chance in hell!! Tom Delay achieved all that he wanted by successfully gerrymandering districts in Texas to replace many Democrats with Republicans with the illegal money he used. Republicans seem to do that a lot. They seem to very easily break the law when they want to, achieve all that they want, get caught and not spend a day in jail.
 
 
+9 # brenda 2010-11-27 17:35
Don't bogart that joint, myfriend .... Pass it over to me.
 
 
+9 # SnowboardGreyOnATray 2010-11-27 17:46
When you google where Willie Nelson was busted (Sierra Blanka Texas) it's claim to fame is it is the U.S. nations largest sewage dump and that toxic sludge is being sprayed on the land. This is creating quite a stink in town. You think when the cop who entered Willies bus would find it a breath of fresh air inside.
Pot should be legalizes and controlled by government. This would put a lot of organized crime out of business. Have it taxed like hell. With all the tax money collected it can pay for free healthcare for all Americans. Being a Canadian I do not leave home without my Canadian Health Care. Canadians do like to complain about our health care system for improvements but still feel very fortunate to have it. If our healthcare was taken away from us there would be riots all over Canada.
Kind regards from the old Snowboarder (Grey-on-tray)
 
 
+19 # JEFFERSON 2010-11-27 18:02
The REAL story of this piece is that a "border patrol" hundreds of miles from the border thinks that it's his job to stop and search citizens without a warrant. The oldest lie in the pig handbook is "I think I smell something" when the only smell is the rotting of our Constitution and the destruction of our freedom by the agents of the federal mafia.
 
 
0 # Homer 2010-11-28 17:31
Hey, that "checkpoint" is the drive through kind (they're all over the place down here) and anyone, famous or not, should know that the "agents" are gonna board yer bus and have a look see. Don't know why Willie and friends didn't already know that! Anyhoo, I think I'll just buy another of Willie's CDs to lend him a hand.
BTW, if you're a fan of his and don't have the CDs "Crazy-The Demo Sessions" and "You Don't Know Me: The Songs of Cindy Walker" do yourself a favor and find them. I'm 67 and have most of his stuff since 1965 and these two are the best that Willie has ever done.
 
 
+10 # vueartist 2010-11-27 18:11
With this country locking up more than 2,000,000 people, with more than 30% for non-violent crimes such as possession of drugs, like pot, this is a perfect example of the absurd practice of the "laws" in this country. It cost as much as $50,000 per year send people to prison, many people in our "corrections systems" who can't pay child support resulting in family destruction. For every person in prison, it affects at least 7 family members, children, wives, grandparents, are forced into food stamps, medicaid, etc., usually removing the only wage earner in the family. Thanks allot American Justice. Who Do You Stand With?
 
 
+1 # giraffe 2010-11-27 22:54
People should be put in prison if they are a danger to others (like Banks doing sub-prime loans and then foreclosing without knowing who owns the loan) and rapists and child abusers - but a "user of weed huts NOBODY (except his own mind but maybe not even that).

I agree with vuartist -
 
 
+3 # JOHN BARLEY-CORN 2010-11-27 18:19
Rock guitarist Slash tweeted: "All things considered, Willie Nelson should have a federal issue, no limit marijuana license. End of story."

WE SHOULD ALL HAVE A FEDERAL LICENSE FOR NO LIMIT M.J.
J/B
 
 
+4 # Night Raider 2010-11-27 18:52
Who arrested the arresting officer?

If he boarded that bus to conduct a search after smelling burning pot in the air there is no way he didn't get stoned.

Someone should have handcuffed that lowlife secondary hit freeloader and taken him to the lockup.
 
 
0 # JS 2010-11-27 19:41
It happened at the US International Border, so it isn't Texas that is handling this, so much as it falls under Federal Jurisdiction. Even the amount is less important than the, 'Zero Tolerance Policy', covering even small amounts started under Bush 41. The same kind of arrest happened to me in Sea-tac Airport in 1991, and that is when I learned about it. I had a smidgeon- less than a half gram of Nepalese Hashish to share with my sick brother- maybe a foolish move, but no other airport, even in Japan, worried about it until I got to they hyped-up US, where they landed on me like Rambo, and the standard bail then, (paid in cash by unlucky me), was $500. It has since been multiplied by five. Wasn't there a British Corporation once handling a Tea Tax like this?
 
 
0 # Homer 2010-11-28 17:32
That "drive thru" is not at the US-Mexico border.
 
 
+2 # bodasativa 2010-11-27 19:54
Sounds like a warrantless search to me, and based upon a "sniff-test" which is completely unreliable and unprovable.
I would think a good attorney would be able to challenge the random stop "checkpoint" and subsequent illegal search. Not that a judge would allow such a defense to prevail in Texas...

Needless to say, this type of victimless crime should be eliminated from the law books everywhere.

Don't forget that besides prosecutors, defense attorneys, police and judges, the prison system also benefits from the prosecution of simple victimless crimes such as this. That's an awful lot of money passing around...

This should be treated as a "medical" matter, not a legal one. Society (and the law) is so hypocritically screwed up on this issue that I can barely stand it.
 
 
0 # Arizona 2010-11-28 01:12
To-Bodasativa their hoping you dont like it.You better be careful or you wont be able to vote or own a gun anymore.
 
 
-17 # Kevin Gilday 2010-11-27 20:02
Like it or not folks: possession of marijuana is a violation of existing narcotics laws and violators are subject to arrest and prosecution.
It would be difficult to imagine that Mr. Nelson was unaware of this fact when he choose to transport six ounces of a controlled substance.
In reference to the officers who arrested Mr. Nelson, it is unfair to criticize them for performing the duties of their sworn office.
 
 
+3 # giraffe 2010-11-27 22:57
Kevin - weed has now been classified as a Substance 2 (not substance 1) drug - so "controlled substance" laws on weed aren't what they used to be. My cousin was killed by a drunk driver at age 19 -a speeding drunk. Weed slows people down - so go figure which is worse.
 
 
0 # msvoner 2010-11-27 23:57
party pooper
 
 
+1 # DaveW. 2010-11-28 10:46
Kevin "It's not me you understand it's the law." Inspector Javert of "Les Miserables" Are ALL laws "just"? Kevin
 
 
0 # Gary1 2010-11-29 13:10
Kevin - Excellent points. If it was someone that they "wanted" to be arrested then they would be celebrating the officer as a great hero!
 
 
+6 # john harper 2010-11-27 22:02
Look America wake up- it cost Americans more to send a citizen to prison than to graduate school. There more than 2,000,000 people in prison. Just think if those people, not the violent people, were working and paying taxes and supporting their families, maybe we "Americans" would be doing better through probation or parole. Families would be whole, perhaps children would learn from the mistakes from their parents and avoid prison for themselves. Alcohol is the greatest threat to our youth that leads to death on our roads. NOT POT!!!! WAKE UP AMERICA!!!!!!
 
 
+1 # Benjamin Parks 2010-11-27 22:32
Checkpoint? What the hell does that mean? He wasn't on the Border so what's with the checkpoint? On what pretext did they stop and search his vehicle?

Checkpoint my ass!
 
 
+1 # Homer 2010-11-28 17:38
The didn't STOP his vehicle, it's a drive thru "checkpoint" on I-10 and everyone stops. I drive thru one like it frequently on US 70 between Las Cruces and Alamogordo, NM.....it's no big deal, but a bus with Willie's name on it will give the agents a woody because there's a good probability Willie will have a bag or two.
 
 
+1 # David Ward 2010-11-27 23:27
Willy would have to have been a LONG way inside the border to not get stopped by the border patrol.

Border Patrol is now stopping people as far away as 100 miles from the border, covering 2/3 of the US population.

See the ACLU Fact Sheet at http://www.aclu.org/technology-and-liberty/fact-sheet-us-constitution-free-zone
 
 
+2 # Ashby 2010-11-28 05:39
I wish something humorous came to mind, but what did come to mind was that Willie was able to post bond & continue on his tour - for that I am very thankful - while average folk, particularly in the penis.ula of the U.S. where I live, would be busted & locked up.

That is what happened to my aunt's stepson. He was out celebrating his 18th birthday, when 18 year olds were allowed to drink in Fl., & was pulled over for what became drunk driving & felonious possession of pot. This kid looked like he was 15 or 16 tops & was as good hearted &, the only word that comes to mind is, sweet - well mannered, meek, always thinking of others - a great kid!

I didn't recognize him when he came out. And the way he looked at my 6 year old daughter sent chills down my spine.

I don't know if he was in a private or public prison, but I do know the private sector is growing throughout the country with investors such as American Express, Lehman Bros., General Electric, Goldman Sachs, etc., & has included political allies such as Sen. Lamar Alexander & wife, Honey, & Jim Thompson, ex guv. of Ill.

Stop bogarting our freedom with this ridiculous so-called crime!
 
 
+4 # Josh 2010-11-28 07:12
It's important to emphasize that Nelson was searched and arrested at an INTERNAL CHECKPOINT. He wasn't crossing the border at all.
 
 
+2 # Brad 2010-11-28 09:08
Wow - here again we have a stupid story that has been blown out of proportion by the media and all of you are getting up in arms with righteous indignation about it. We all know he'll get off with a minor slap to the wrist.

Now before the rest of my comment, I need to say I agree that most drugs should be legalized and TAXED!

Those of you throwing complaints and slurs towards law enforcement should realize that for the most part they have a thankless job to do and yet they try to do it the best they can. I recommend contacting your local police/sheriff and see if you can do a "ride along", very eye opening and educational.

Willie Nelson broke the law, but because of who he is most of you seem to think he should have a free pass. Isn't that part of the problem in this country now, to many think they should be exempt from our laws, like most politicians?

If you don't like the law, then work to get it changed. There are several agencies out there trying to get pot legalized. Join one of them. In the meantime quite your whiny anonymous crying about things.
 
 
+3 # Gere 2010-11-28 11:28
Quoting Brad:

If you don't like the law, then work to get it changed.


It is easy to post opinions but hard to fight the system legally. It takes lots of money and dedication to win. How many of us sat silent and just watched the election continue to keep personal marijuana use illegal in California? Maybe we wimps weren’t willing to be public about our views. In the meantime, we all should admit without shame that having to legalize a plant already legal because it was made by God (or Nature if you prefer) is absurd. We all know why it is illegal – anyone can grow it and it could hopefully replace taxed alcohol. But these absurdities are sadly common in our country.

Scientists have proven that irreversible climate change produced by human activities is going to make the lives of our children miserable beyond comprehension. The same scientific community that put men on the moon many times has told us we must act immediately. But a majority of us just voted to make climate change deniers the majority of the House. We can't afford to bury our heads in the sand any longer. The legalization of pot is the least of our worries. It is getting late.
 
 
0 # Gary1 2010-11-29 13:16
Don't take it personally Brad. If it was someone that these folks wanted jailed and he was NOT arrested, then they would be crying about the injustice of it all...
 
 
+1 # Charles Duemler 2010-11-28 09:34
God created herb and all herb is good!

it's in the bible!

If used in agriculture as an in-between crop it'll get rid of weeds so we'll use less poison (pesticides) that gets into our food supply.

It provides 4x the amount of fiber production as trees as well as producing a better board.

The only medical drug brought to you and endorsed by god has been illeagle for 50 years by anti-chritian anti-environmen talists that dont mind poisoning an entire population.
 
 
0 # Skep41 2010-11-28 10:06
This was like when they busted Snooki for being drunk in public. Snooki screamed, "You cant arrest me...I'm SNOOKI!'The Border Patrol probably werent making their arrest quota when Willy's bus pulled into sight. The rest is history. I'll bet Willy was an easier bust than Snooki.
 
 
+1 # John W Greenwood Jr 2010-11-28 10:23
The people that arrested Willie Nelson are plane and simple FOOLS as are the institutions that hired them.

This is the link for
Law-enforcement against prohibition.
this was started by law enforcement officers that are fed up with the folly of the drug wars.
The thought is quite simple,
Would you rather have the drugs that are to be sold in the hands of adult regulators, or would you rather they be in the hands of your 13 year old son or daughter.

http://www.leap.cc/cms/index.php
 
 
+2 # Nancy Ann 2010-11-28 11:18
I am a huge fan, and I have met Willie in 2006, he is the sweetest man I have ever met, he has done more for the country then anyone, with saving the horses, and farm-aid, amoung others I would like to see what washington has done for us. Nothing! One thing these so called policemen, saw his bus and wanted to meet him, its happened before, they get there meeting with Willie and get their fame on TV...I think they should respect him, he is a Legend, not an Outlaw!!! Its all BS to me.
 
 
+1 # josephhill 2010-11-28 13:29
"Willie Nelson broke the law, but because of who he is most of you seem to think he should have a free pass. Isn't that part of the problem in this country now, to many think they should be exempt from our laws, like most politicians?"
>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>>

I don't think Willie deserves a "free pass" because of "who he is".

He deserves to be released because HE DID NOTHING WRONG (in spite of what the LAW says)!!
 
 
+2 # pikewich 2010-11-28 13:30
Good to see our tax dollars are still being spent where they do the least good.
 
 
+5 # Charley Holliday 2010-11-28 16:47
I can't believe that anyone is being arrested for pot in 2010. When are the people in this country going to make the laws change to reflect what pot is...a plant that grows everywhere; that has many more benefits and less adverse affects than do most legally abused substances.
 
 
0 # Roadrage 2010-11-28 20:44
At the time of the bust, Willie was working on a new song: "Red-eyed Stranger".
 
 
+1 # Eileen 2010-11-28 21:17
Spread the seed so thick over this country that they will never be able to get rid of it. In the name of 'WILLIE POT SEED'.
 
 
0 # GWC 2010-11-29 00:07
The reason that there is violence related to the border area - America has a large demand for drugs that are "imported" from Mexico. It's a simple consequence of supply and demand. America needs to decriminalize weed and tax it. Demand would be the same but we would have more money for treatment and research into addiction. As many have said in their posts, we have better ways to spend our tax dollars.
 
 
+1 # Pat Britten 2010-11-29 01:01
breathing produces greenhouse gases, smoking produces more, so talking. so I'll shut up, but before I do, let me say that "in this age of humanity induced climate change for the worse, morality is an illusion". America, fulfill our dream of yours (too), stand up for freedom, liberty, choice, decency, dignity, unity and love, at home so that the world can stand with you. Your enemys are exploiting your divisions because of their functional entropy, and their own divisions. Unbind your selves from limitation in creation and make do with what you are and would be yourself.
Do the nice thing don't sacrifice another life and generation on illusion of righteousness no matter how much you have invested in it. It has been another bigotry.
 
 
-1 # Gary1 2010-11-29 13:20
And they say pot doesn't mess you up??
 
 
0 # Ashby 2010-11-29 05:17
I would like to reply to Brad's comment as I found it a bit insulting. People who have posted here are not whiny, crying, &, given today's technology, not anonymous whether we use our actual names or not.

This is a serious issue facing the country as powerful corporations & powerful political interests - local, state, or national - are in bed with one of the fastest growing sectors in our otherwise stagnant or slow growing economy - private prisons.

As I stated in my first comment, private prisons are a serious threat to our freedoms as they must lock up more people to give their powerful investors, some of whom were also mentioned in my 1st comment, a 'reasonable rate of return.' Those primarily targeted & incarcerated are non-violent users who, when they come out of these hell-holes, are often violent because of what they had to endure to survive. They are also usually the poor, & their recidivism rates are high.

It is quite easy to understand why this nation leads the world in incarceration rates. I've signed LEMAR & NORML petitions & the result is nil.

As a nation, we should be ashamed.

Shawn Ashby Postlethwait
 
 
+1 # Ashby 2010-11-29 14:51
Brad, I apologize. Whether or not we should legalize marijuana is a divisive issue &, I think, that is exactly what the politicians & the large corporations want. Ergo, a divided public on this issue makes it easier for them, in their corporate conscience, i.e, profit, to invest in the privatization of prisons.

That Sen. Lamar Alexander & other political leaders are in favor of locking up more of our citizens to put money in their pockets is, on this issue, probably the lesser of our worries. (Mr. Alexander, by the way, used his wife, Honey, as the actual go-between for their investment in CCA, one or the largest private prison corp.s in the nation. Their $9,000 investment netted them, ultimately, $140,000+. CCA is also Sen. Alexander's 2nd largest contributor as of '08.(Check out its co-founder, Tom Beasley, former Chair of Tenn.'s Repub Party, & his relationship w/ the Alexanders - it's sick/criminal?)

The larger worry comes from the $ invested by American Express, Goldman Sachs, GE, etc. They're the heavies in this 'shill game' &, if you are a stockholder, speak out or, better yet, get out.(The Netherlands, by the way - given 40 years - are right.)
 
 
+2 # Mickeyfilm 2010-11-29 08:08
Ashley is right. I've been doing a documentary on recidivism for the past 5 years and what is happening even in State and Fed prisons is amazing. In Texas, corporations involved with servicing state prisons, make over a 100 per day for each of the prisoners. If a judge is running with a playform which indicates he is in favor of sending offenders to treatment insteat of prison, well, then the lobby groups of these corporations pour an emmense amount of money into electing a judge who favors long time prison terms. This economic model is much of what is driving even public prisons. Eventually, all prisons will be privately owned as the model for corporations to make huge profits is overwhelming.
I hope Willie will use his bust as an opportunity to go on talk shows and what not and tell this story. In fact, I'm going to communicate this to him.
 
 
0 # Care2Dream 2010-12-01 06:34
We need to expose what's behind the Republican's move to privatize our government services. It's not cost effective. It's taking care of their corporate friends. Prisons have proven to be a starting place for AZ. Drug companies don't want you to know pot is as good or better for cancer patients than their costly manufactured products. Calcium is also cheap and does more good than costly drugs as well. Corporatism is taking over our democracy. Wake up folks.
 
 
+1 # jeff 2010-11-30 05:23
TEXAS COPS...GESTAPO SAME PEOPLE DIFFERNT CENTURY
 
 
0 # Running Doe 2010-11-30 13:30
For goodness sake, leave Willie alone heneeds his good time smoke to help him out from time to time while traveling on the road
 
 
0 # Vitobonespur 2010-11-30 22:43
Six ounces of pot? OMG...get a rope and hang the bastard!
 
 
0 # pot420 2010-12-01 09:37
there is nothing wrong with pot. a little bud every now and then is good for you. FREEWILLY!!!!!!
 

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