Staff Report

Country music legend Willie Nelson, a long-time activist for the legislation of marijuana, has been arrested for cannabis possession. The singer could spend up to six months in prison, with a Texas sheriff promising “to make him cook and clean”.

Friday morning US Border Patrol intercepted for a routine checkup the

tour bus Nelson was traveling. The cops found 6 ounces of marijuana on

the bus. Willie Nelson was on his tour bus on the way to Austin Texas

from California. Nelson admitted to be the owner of this marijuana.

Patrol spokesman Bill Brooks says the bus pulled into the Sierra Blanca,

Texas, checkpoint about 9 a.m. 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.

“We treat him like anybody else,” Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West told the El Paso Times. Nelson, 77, was en route from California to Austin, where he owns a ranch. Cruising the highways on a bus called the Honeysuckle Rose III, Nelson came to a border control stop at 9 a.m. on Friday morning.

“He said he feels great,” harmonica player Mickey Raphael told Rolling Stone. But although Nelson posted $2,500 bail, sheriffs say he may return for a longer stay behind bars. “He could get 180 days in county jail,” West said. “If he does, I’m going to make him cook and clean.”

In 2006, Nelson narrowly avoided jail after being arrested for cannabis possession in Louisiana. Officers seized more than 20 ounces of marijuana and 3 ounces of psilocybin mushrooms; he was later sentenced to six months’ probation.

Nelson, famous for singing songs such as Always On My Mind and To All the Girls I’ve Loved Before, is a supporter of marijuana legislation. He sits on the advisory board for the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws and has organized fundraisers for the group.