Willie Nelson Not Off The Hook For 2010 Pot Bust After All

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Mark Britain
Whether or not you believe Willie Nelson mailed in his most recent Houston-area performance at Verizon in April, one thing is sure: The singer and Texas icon won't be mailing in the fine and court costs stemming from his November 2010 pot bust in West Texas, where six ounces of marijuana was found on his tour bus.

Earlier this year, Nelson had agreed to a plea-bargain that reduced the charge from a felony with mandatory jail time if convicted to a misdemeanor, and to pay the $500 fine and $280 in associated court costs.

Today, though, presiding Hudspeth County judge Becky Dean-Walter has overruled the plea bargain, telling The New York Times she believes prosecutor Kit Bramblett's fondness for Nelson's music influenced his willingness to lighten Nelson's possible punishment.

"He's supposed to file the charge he feels is appropriate," she told the Times, as reported by Rolling Stone this afternoon. "Not what he feels he should do for his favorite singer. It is up to the judge to agree or not."

The case drew additional scrutiny after Bramblett, who later said he was joking, said he would be willing to drop the charges if Nelson appeared in court and sing "Blue Eyes Crying In the Rain." Now it looks like the singer and famous pot advocate could be facing a trial, at the very least. Judge Walker did not say specifically what would happen to the case now, but did tell the Times "if Willie Nelson gets off with nothing, I'm not going to be part of it."

"Texas is more stringent than California so he could face time. One of the issues that the court and prosecutors will look at is his prior record and given the fact that he has several arrests, even recent ones, for pot related crimes," former California prosecutor Robin Sax told Fox News shortly after Nelson's arrest, which made international headlines.

"I would not be surprised if Texas decided to stick it to him."

Also after his arrest, Nelson founded the pro-legalization Teapot Party, which currently has more than 70,000 fans on Facebook.


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T
T

Seriously, how many smoke that sticky green bud for it's "medicinal purposes"? Bottom line, for the few with "legit" need of using it, your whole movement is being ruined by those that just smoke it to get high. You have a serious PR problem, and until that changes, it'll remain illegal.

Dude
Dude

No, the MedMJ "movement" is not being "ruined" by recreational Cannabis users. The Know Nothing Prohibitionists are using that as another excuse to further their "movement".I am a MedMJ person ,do I know that some people "abuse" the system ,sure I do, just as I know that their are Prescription drug abusers and Alcohol abusers, but do those who use Cannabis recreationally threaten me ? NO. Do Know Nothing Moralistic Prohibitionists using them as an excuse to curtail my access to Cannabis threaten me, it's obvious.

ColleenMcCool
ColleenMcCool

The tobacco, alcohol and pharmaceuticals gangs deal drugs causing more death annually than all illicit drugs We tolerate their salesmen!

Aerialreaver
Aerialreaver

Exactly,in the whole 3000 years of marijuana existence there hasn't been ONE death directly related to smoking marijuana alone. But the government can sell us stuff that kills a city every year, ie alcohol, tobacco.....doesn't make much sense  

T
T

PR... that's all you need to think about here. Let the smoke subside for a moment, and think about how the general pot smoker and drug dealers vs. the general drinker and fortune 500 company executives appear to the general public. The pro-weed side has negative PR, and comparing the different industries isn't going to improve it.

Oh, and if those illicit drugs were legal and more widely used, there would be more death attributed to them.

Dude
Dude

PR ??, what the Hell are you talking about? This story is about a 78 year old American Icon,who is still working,traveling,making money for all concerned,singing and making people Happy, I'd call that  pretty good PR. Sorry you Narrow minded prohibitionists don't get it.

Wyatt
Wyatt

"The pro-weed side has negative PR, and comparing the different industries isn't going to improve it."

You're right - logic doesn't seem to be a successful tactic. Why, exactly, should pot be illegal?

And citation needed on that last sentence. Saying it doesn't make it true.

Here's a great counter-example - since it's hard to post links here, Google "Portugal drug laws," and check out the Scientific American article on the effects of their policy changes.

ColleenMcCool
ColleenMcCool

If this case goes to court it may get nullified by the jury.  The people believe in self-government and self-medication.

Preventive medicine is the key to ending drug abuse and most health issues.  Incarceration costs seven times treatment.

It is morally bankrupt to punish nonviolent adults for making a safer health choice, cannabis or marijuana, compared to other legal medicinal/social drugs. Drug warriors have harassed the sick and dying, shamed and destroyed families, locked up and killed many (including enforcement) over one of the safest, therapeutically active plants known to man.

Restore public and law enforcement safety around the globe! Use resources to catch more violent and sexual predators or incarcerate more of those morally bankrupt selling drugs to children or driving intoxicated. Save lives instead of ruining them. Restore Justice, the guardian of liberty!

 

T
T

Bottom line is that the stuff is illegal. Here's a thought; Get the law changed if you like, but until then, STOP BREAKING THE LAW!

Dude
Dude

Sounds like the same thing that King George said to the American Colonists, we know where that lead to.

ColleenMcCool
ColleenMcCool

"The hottest place in Hell is reserved for those who remain neutral in times of great moral conflict. He who passively accepts evil is as much involved in it as he who helps to perpetrate it. He who accepts evil without protesting against it is really cooperating with it. The ultimate tragedy is not the oppression and cruelty by the bad people but the silence over that by the good people. Never forget that everything Hitler did in Germany was legal." - MLK

ColleenMcCool
ColleenMcCool

No, you are not neutral you are passively accepting evil! 

T
T

#1, I'm not neutral. I'm against legalizing marajuana. #2 I'm not suggesting that anybody else be neutral either. Protest. Work to get the law change. Whatever.

But, if you do your thing, and you get caught buying, selling, possessing or using an illegal substance, you WILL be arrested. If you are found guilty, you WILL be doing a stint in the pokey.

Willie broke the law, and he's not going to get special treatment because of his occupation. He knew the consequences. Now he has to pay the piper.

ColleenMcCool
ColleenMcCool

They were rebels with just cause, all those who can boast they laid down our laws. Real visionaries who defined what a patriot would be. 

I am a portrait artist. Since 2006 I have awarded two Rebels with Just Cause portraits yearly.

Control illicit drugs similar to alcohol and tobacco.

Less than 1% of US are actually addicted to anything illegal. About 9% are alcoholics but much of the public health burden of alcohol use is caused by the non-addictive use; including fetal alcohol spectrum disorders, incest, child molestation, spouse abuse, other family violence, fatal car crashes, accidents, and homicides. On college campuses alone, almost 2000 deaths, 100,000 sexual assaults, 600,000 injuries, and 700,000 assaults are the annual consequences of alcohol use.

I dare say if more would use cannabis instead of alcohol like Willie Nelson, one of my 2010 Rebels with Just Cause, we might see a drop in some of the gloomy statistics listed above.http://mccoolportraits.com/201...

If more could use safer cannabis to replace dangerous opiates and other harmful pharmaceuticals or tobacco, many more lives would be saved. If those who could report overdose to medical personnel did not fear arrest, overdoses would virtually disappear.

Its not a perfect answer just better.

Allan Freedatlast
Allan Freedatlast

Ah who can't admire the wisdom of "Lone Star" justice...prosecute one of America's greatest cultural icons for daring to smoke something that the pharmaceutical lobby has determined is bad for business, while a certain Texan ex-president who sent thousands of kids to fight a war that was both unjust and unnecessary writes his memoirs and lives well in retirement.As usual, Bob Dylan summed it up best...writing about another wondrous moment of American jurisprudence, the conviction of Hurricane Carter..."all the criminals in their coats and their tiesare free to drink martinis and watch the sunrise...couldn't help but make you feel ashamed to live in a land where justice is a game.."

One more thing: Is it too late for me to show support for that Texas succession movement?

1Texan
1Texan

how about you guys go focus on a crime that actually matters.....i'm sure the'rs something going on along our texas border that could use some attention

T
T

Like pot smugglers?

Dude
Dude

HA!, if Willie was using that Mexican Shi## he deserves to go to prison, I would expect someone of Willies fame and popularity would have access to the best Home Grown,,,free.

Wyatt
Wyatt

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No, not like that. Also, smuggling usually implies intent to sell. You think Willie is dealing?

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