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Willie Nelson

$500 Fine In Marijuana Case

6/7/2011 12:13 PM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Willie Nelson can breath easy again in Texas -- TMZ has learned the singer struck a plea deal in his marijuana case ... and will NOT have to do any hard time.

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Sources close to Willie tell us ... Nelson agreed to plead no contest to misdemeanor possession of drug paraphernalia ... stemming from an incident last year, when cops say they found weed on the singer's tour bus at a border checkpoint.

Nelson was originally charged with marijuana possession -- but the singer worked out a deal with prosecutors in which they agreed to reduce the charge in exchange for a no contest plea.

As part of the deal, Willie has also agreed to pay a $500 fine -- and if he can stay out of trouble for 30 days, the judge will dismiss the case entirely.

Nelson's lawyer, Joe Turner, tells TMZ, "Willie is glad to have it all behind him. Everyone was very fair."



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31.

44 Magnum    

The rest of Texas needs to lighten up on their possession of weed laws. I live in Austin/Travis County. If you get caught with weed in Travis County...if you're not a criminal and you're cool with the cops...there's a good chance you'll get written up and fined when you go to court. If you get caught in Williamson County...the next county over...you're going to jail for a year if you get caught with a joint. Thank God the cops in Austin are not the most eager to bust you for a joint. They'd have to put half the city in jail. I wish the rest of Texas was as liberal as Austin was.

1243 days ago
32.

Kristina     

Ok awesome Wille got what he got, but he only got such a good deal cuzs he is who he is !! What about the non famous people getting arrested and charged with the same thing and it ruining there lives ..... and before any of you of Cannabis is a drug people start giving me crap ....IT is not a DRUG !!!! People Open your eyes !!! Be legalize it or be fair to all who may be arrested by it !!!

1243 days ago
33.

lala    

This guys music sucks and always has. Name one good song and I'll laugh in your face, because it is so not. Hes a never was, but people think so? Legend in stoners minds? (The heavily stoned). Did he father Mellissa Ethridges child? Jumped in the sack with combat book wearing bulldykes? really? 500 bucks is pocket change and a joke to him. This guy is a millionare, hello! 500 bucks- yeah right thats really gonna make him clean up his act.

1243 days ago
34.

Woot    

A couple of decades ago, I dated a member of Willie's band. He told me that Willie would immediately fire any one of the band members who used drugs. He told me this as he was setting up some lines...

1243 days ago
35.

Puckett    

lala 12 minutes ago
This guys music sucks and always has. Name one good song and I'll laugh in your face, because it is so not. Hes a never was, but people think so? Legend in stoners minds? (The heavily stoned). Did he father Mellissa Ethridges child? Jumped in the sack with combat book wearing bulldykes? really? 500 bucks is pocket change and a joke to him. This guy is a millionare, hello! 500 bucks- yeah right thats really gonna make him clean up his act.

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Yeah his music sucks so bad he's made tens of millions of dollars singing, performing and publishing it since he embarked on a music career in 1956.

So you don't like it, as if anyone cares.

1243 days ago
36.

Sandra     

Nothing new for Willie! Anyone else would get jail time.

1243 days ago
37.

right straight    

Great use of government resources,that outta teach him

1242 days ago
38.

CCC    

Once again, I agree with Puckett. Go back to your Lady Gag Gag, lala. I'm sure you grew up listening to boy bands and rehashed music that you think was original and created just for you. Wille probably made millions before you were even born. Just because you don't like his music doesn't mean it sucks. And he doesn't have to clean up his act just to please someone like you. Maybe if you educate yourself on his career and the music he writes and plays you will pull your head out of your ass and see that all music is meant to be enjoyed.

1242 days ago
39.

Rogue Warrior    

Biggest non story ever on TMZ!!! FACT.... WEED SHOULD BE LEGALIZED!!!

1242 days ago
40.

tenley    

Everyone loves a stoner. A superrich tax evader -- which he famously is -- usually not so much, not so sure why he is the exception. P*ss on him.

1242 days ago
41.

wtf    

you mean that marijuhana addict is BACK OUT ON THE STREET!?!?

OMFG WHAT ABOUT THE CHILDREN!?!?

1242 days ago
42.

NightOwl    

RE: cmueller 5 hours ago

Leave Willie alone! Let an old dude smoke his pot in peace.
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AMEN!

1242 days ago
43.

JWC    

Leave Willy alone. He is a great singer. It's his choice whether or not he wants to smoke dope. Good for him! You go Willy!

1242 days ago
44.

JWC    

WOW!! I agree with LonnieB
Shame on you if you are from the great US of A. If not, then go back to your no deodorant wearing-towelhead-treat your covered up women like ****-Allah worshiping-bunch of demented ********- land. We don't need people like you here. F*cker!

1242 days ago
45.

fastdriver    

Hey Willie-

Come to CT! They are LOOSENING up the pot laws here! Just waiting for our Gov., DANNEL (spelled corrected) Malloy to sign the bill! Come smoke your brains out! Pretty soon we'll be as WACKED OUT as CA is!

1242 days ago
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