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Willie Nelson Charged with Marijuana Possession

Country legend Willie Nelson is currently facing misdemeanor charges of marijuana possession. On a recent tour, his bus pulled into a routine checkpoint and an officer noticed a suspicious odor. A search of the bus turned up about four ounces of marijuana. Nelson was released from jail after posting a $2,500 bond.

Since his arrest, Nelson has found an unlikely advocate in the rapper Snoop Dogg. According to ABC News, Snoop Dogg told TMZ.com that authorities should respect Willie Nelson as a legend and as an elder and leave him alone.

For his part, Nelson does not seem too worried. If anything, his arrest has drawn attention to one of his principal causes: the decriminalization of marijuana. Nelson is currently a co-chair on the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws (NORML).

Nelson has been arrested on other occasions and charged with drug crimes. According to ABC News, in 2006, Nelson was arrested after a search of his tour bus turned up 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms. He was also arrested in 1995 in Texas after police officers found a joint in the ashtray of his car. Nelson had pulled over to sleep after an all-night poker game when police officers looked into the situation.

Nelson has not held a grudge against the most recent arresting officers in Texas. He has even put a link on his website to encourage fans to donate to the annual Christmas toy drive of the sheriff's department.  

Source:

Snoop Dogg: Who Would Arrest Willie Nelson? (ABC News)

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