Theoretically, police could bust Willie Nelson every day. Any cop who sees the Honeysuckle Rose tour bus rolling down the highway can pretty well figure that Willie’s inside with a personal stash of pot onboard.
But, c’mon, he’s Willie Nelson. He’s almost 80. He’s been smoking pot most of his life. He’s a sharp-minded benevolent crusader who does a lot of good for a lot of folks and animals.
Does he need to be in jail for catching a buzz on his bus?
Looks like Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett, 78, feels the same way. He told Raw Story that he loves Nelson’s music, thinks marijuana should be decriminalized (he said he’s never smoked it), and sagely notes that “people on that dang weed aren’t as senseless as on whiskey.”
Earlier today, news media reported that Bramblett claimed the county judge wanted Nelson to appear in court and sing to resolve his pot charges. Nelson was arrested Nov. 26 in Texas after police checked his bus during a routine stop.
Bramblett appears to be as much of a character as Nelson.
Then news media reported that the judge claimed Bramblett had been joking, and Nelson would be able to plead and settle his charges by mail without singing “Blue Eyes Crying In The Rain” in court.
Here’s a killer version of that song (written by Fred Rose) featuring Edie Brickell, who grew up just down the road in Oak Cliff: