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Willie Nelson refuses to stop smoking marijuana during Texas tour

Willie_NelsonDespite the state’s harsh penalties for marijuana possession, singer/songwriter Willie Nelson says that he’s going to keep consuming marijuana during his tours through Texas.

Saying that he can afford the fines, Nelson says he’ll either pay the fines or serve the jail time, then get right back to smoking, often as soon as he is released.

He’s had several run-ins with police, but that won’t stop him from having cannabis on his tour bus.

Talking to Rolling Stone Magazine about it, he says “they (police) mostly want autographs now. They don’t really bother me any more for the weed, because you can just bust me now and I’ll pay my fine or go to jail, get out and burn one (joint) on the way home. They know they’re not stopping me.”

He also briefly talked with them about Israel’s policy on cannabis, saying “(Medical) weed is legal in Israel – there’s an old-folks home there, and all these old men were walking around with bongs and s–t. … They got it figured out before we did.”

Misdemeanor possession in Texas includes a penalty of up to 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine for possession less than two ounces. The penalty and fine doubles for possession up to four ounces.

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Stephen Carter

Stephen Carter is a journalist and information technology specialist living in Waco, Texas. He has been working with the cannabis movement since 2009. He founded Texas Cannabis Report in 2013 to bring Texans accurate cannabis related news.

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