Willie Nelson Arrested for Pot Possession
Singer later called on the country to start a new political party whose primary focus is the legalization of marijuana, dubbing it the 'Teapot Party.'
Country music legend Willie Nelson was charged with marijuana possession on Nov. 26 in Texas after police confiscated 6 ounces of cannabis from aboard his tour bus.
The bust happened at the Sierra Blanca checkpoint after the singer-songwriter's bus pulled in Friday morning and an officer smelled pot wafting from the vehicle's open door.
Nelson, who was among three people arrested, admitted that the pot belonged to him. He was briefly held on a $2,500 bond before being released a short time later.
Two days later, in a statement to website celebstoner.com, Nelson called upon the country to start a new political party whose primary focus is the legalization of marijuana. "There's the Tea Party," Nelson wrote in an email, "How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left... Tax it, regulate it and legalize it." Indeed, by Sunday afternoon, a Facebook page for the "Teapot party" had already been created.
Nelson ended the missive by pointing to another issue he feels warrants the country's attention: "Stop the border wars over drugs," he wrote. "Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved."