From CannabisCulture.com, http://www.cannabisculture.com/v2/content/2010/12/06/Willie-Nelson-Dodges-Felony-Charge
, this article discusses the recent pot bust on music and marijuana icon Willie Nelson. Rather than coming down hard on the 77 year-old, police seem to have lessened the amount of pot found on him from 6 ounces (a felony) to 4 ounces (a misdemeanor). While this appears to be a moment of compassion on the part of Texas police i believe it is a deliberate attempt by them not to fan the fire of contempt that good people have for police and political officials in this so-called war on drugs.
Several points this article makes highlight the cover-their-ass attitude the Hudspeth County Sheriff's Office has in regards to the potential embarrassment the bust could bring to them. Chief Deputy Mike Doyal makes mention to the coverage the bust got in the media saying,"He had a little bag of marijuana and I would never have dreamed of the coverage it got," So 6 ounces is considered a "little bag of marijuana?" If this had been anyone else they would easily have been thrown to the dogs over such an amount! Meanwhile, police departments everywhere continue to invade and threaten people's lives everyday over possession of amounts far less.
I remember first reading about this bust the day after it happened, at which time I read that Willie had been busted at a border checkpoint. Well that was stupid, Willie, I thought, you should know better than to cross the border with so much weed in your van! Well, come to find out, Willie's defense is seriously questioning the circumstance surrounding the bust as it happened at a checkpoint 100 MILES FROM THE BORDER!! Is this the real reason for the slap on the wrist they are trying to offer Willie? We all know these unconstitutional checkpoints exist and placently remain silent about them, however, maybe if people see an icon like Willie do jail time a few more people may start to raise a stink. Why would Texas police want to throw a kink in their little collar and money-making operation?
Finally, I love how the Chief Deputy tries to take credit for his so-called leniency saying, "We handled it as easily as we could and still do our job. The man's, what, 77 years old? What are we gonna do to him? He was very cooperative and nice and pleasant to be around." What then, sir, do you have to say for the other millions of people, some older and in worse health than Willie, who've been thrown into prison for making their own medical and recreational decisions? Shame on you. Shame on the police state.
While I'm extremely happy we won't have to see Willie do jail time, I seriously hope he takes a stance against the charges he is facing An example needs to be made on what's right and what's wrong and I believe that if Willie puts his foot down many more will follow.