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Willie Nelson

High Stakes in Weed Arrest

11/29/2010 9:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

It may sound like a joke -- Willie Nelson getting busted for pot -- but the music legend could face some serious jail time ... and a pro pot group thinks they have a way to keep Willie out of the pokey.

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Nelson was busted over the weekend in Texas for possession of six ounces of marijuana. A criminal defense attorney in Austin tells us 6 ounces could get Willie 6 months minimum and 2 years max.

But Bruce Margolin, director of the L.A. chapter of NORML, tells TMZ Willie has an ace in the hole -- convincing a jury he just forgot that the California-grown pot was on the bus -- and California is ok with medical marijuana.

Or he could just try the, I'm Willie Friggin' Nelson!!! defense.

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Carolyn Barnes    

This just proves how ignorant this law is in the hands of ignorant law enforcers. If you have a prescription for medical marijuana in one State, the other States should recognize it and back off. Your health and relief from ailments should not depend upon what State you live in. I thought these were the UNITED States and I just don't get this at all. I don't see how one State can impose their laws on someone traveling upon an interstate highway. Doesn't that interfere with the free flow of interstate commerce? Someone can have a prescription for narcotics and travel anywhere in the US and not be busted as long as the drug is in the original prescription bottle, so why is pot any different? I would raise an equal protection argument under the 14th amendment to US Const.

1339 days ago
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KATHY    

Everyone who has ever known Willie Nelson knows he smokes Pot. I think the Cop knew he had a person, who he could make his Quota. He knew that was Willie's Bus and wanted to make a bust and make him a big star, that could not be further from the truth, Just leave him alone. At least he doesn't sell it to children. BACK OFF AND DROP THESE CHARGES, YOUR WASTING YOUR TIME.

1338 days ago
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Wardo    

We should have let Texas be their own country like they wanted a long time ago...buncha asss wipes

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