Least Surprising News Item Of The Day

The Associated Press informs us that Willie Nelson was busted for possessing marijuana:

SIERRA BLANCA, Texas – A U.S. Border Patrol spokesman says country singer Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession after 6 ounces was found aboard his tour bus in Texas.

Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca, Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. Friday. Brooks says an officer smelled pot when a door was opened and a search turned up marijuana.

Brooks says the Hudspeth County sheriff was contacted and Nelson was among three people arrested.

Sheriff Arvin West didn’t immediately return a phone message left at his home Friday, but he told the El Paso Times that Nelson claimed the marijuana was his.

I’m sure we can all sleep easier knowing that this dangerous criminal has been dealt with.

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  1. Linda says:

    My reaction was “This is news?” Nelson is an overaged hippie. This is not his first pot bust, it certainly won’t be his last.

  2. My reaction is “Who cares?”
    If Willie Nelson (or anyone) wants to smoke a joint, I don’t really think it should be illegal

  3. Linda says:

    It’s not like he’s selling it to school kids, so you’re right Doug, “Who cares?”. But again, why make it headline news? Everyone knows Nelson has a substance abuse problem, and a pop for pot is just par for the course. I don’t care that he smokes it. I don’t care that he was busted.

  4. DNC says:

    Oh, come on.  Do you think that everyone who uses pot has a “substance abuse problem”?  Has he ever hurt himself, or others?
    I agree that this shouldn’t be headline news, but since it is maybe it will get people talking about how ridiculous our drug laws are.

  5. An Interested Party says:

    Who could have guessed that wanting to smoke pot is now classified as a “substance abuse problem”…how many alcoholics do we have in this country?  Addicts of nicotine?  Caffeine?  If we want to throw stones around about substance abuse problems, there are quite a few targets to hit…

  6. Chris says:

    Legalize this now.
    Border Patrol targets a tour bus because of weed smoke?  Your tax dollars at work.

  7. Herb says:

    Note to law enforcement professionals across the country: Willie Nelson’s tour bus has weed on it. So stop looking for it.

    The strange thing about this story: They found six ounces, which is quite a bit of weed to be carrying for personal use, even on tour. (Maybe especially on tour; I’m assuming Willie can get a hook up in any city in the country.) No “intent to distribute” charges too?