Willie Nelson Charged with Misdemeanor for Marijuana Possession
After Willie Nelson's arrest last week (Nov. 26) for marijuana possession, the country star managed to steer clear of felony charges and walked away with a misdemeanor.
The southern superstar was originally suspected of carrying six ounces of the narcotic, which was found on his tour bus while traveling from California to Texas. Nelson faced felony charges with a maximum sentence of two years in prison plus a $10,000 fine. Officials later determined the amount of marijuana to be four ounces, earning the 77-year-old a $4,000 fine and maximum one-year prison term. However, according to TMZ.com, Nelson will not be jailed.
In an interview with 'Rolling Stone,' Mickey Raphael, a harmonica player for Nelson, revealed that the 'Country Music' performer was in high spirits since he was arrested and subsequently released. "He said he feels great - he lost six ounces," Raphael said.
Dick DeGuerin, a Texas criminal defense lawyer, questioned the lawfulness of the search. DeGuerin pointed out that officials searched the vehicle 100 miles from the Mexican border.
"It's supposed to be a checkpoint only for aliens, and [agents] overstep their authority all the time," explained DeGuerin, who recently represented former politician Tom Delay and country singer Billy Joe Shaver. "I've had several cases from that checkpoint and they just use the opportunity to check out anybody they want to. If you have long hair, if you're driving a van or it looks like you're from California or you look like a hippie, they do profiling."
Dutch cities to start crackdown on marijuana cafes
San Diego drug tunnel discoveries, seizures of 50 tons of marijuana
A U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent walks in a tunnel which authorities found Nov. 25, and say was used to carry drugs into the United States to an Otay Mesa warehouse Thursday, Dec. 2, in San Diego, Calif. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are seeking help from Otay Mesa warehouse owners and tenants after the discovery of two major cross-border drug tunnels last month that resulted in seizueres of about 50 tons of marijuana.
An ICE agent looks into the entrance of a tunnel Thursday, Dec. 2, in San Diego, Calif., which authorities found Nov. 25, and say was used to carry drugs into the United States. At right are bags of dirt from the tunnel.
A member of the Mexican Army guards the tunnel discovered by Mexican and U.S. authorities, the second found this month, in Tijuana, Mexico, Nov. 26. The tunnel goes from a house in Tijuana to a store in the industrial area in Otay Mesa, Calif., and is about 800 meters long,according to first reports.
An ICE agent stands guard in front of blocks of marijuana in an industrial building near the Mexican border in Otay Mesa, Calif.. U.S. border police have found a sophisticated smuggler's tunnel the length of six football fields linking Southern California with Mexico and believed to have been used by drug traffickers
KURTIS BLOW SAYS MARIJUANA BUST REPORTS ARE 'NOT TRUE'
Yesterday The BoomBox reported that hip-hop legend Kurtis Blow was busted for marijuana possession at Los Angeles' LAX airport, but according to the rapper-turned-preacher, those reports are false. Not long after the news broke via TMZ.com, Blow took to his Twitter page to discredit the story.
"What is this I hear 'bout me being busted for weed at the airport?" he wrote Thursday. "Not true. Isn't weed legal in California? TMZ is bugging." The New York native went on to ponder if his 500 new followers had anything to do with the story.
The 51-year-old was caught with the substance after an airport screening machine uncovered "an anomaly" in his pants. Since he was found to be in possession of less than an ounce of marijuana, the New York native was only ticketed for the offense. Since neither TMZ, nor airport officials have denied the original report, Blow may be attempting to hide the incident because the negative publicity contrasts his current position as an ordained minister.
Prepared Pot Is No Match For Police Sniffer Dog
A passenger on a public was recently arrested by the police whilst in possession of roughly 130,000 dollars worth of marijuana, The passenger had tried to hide the smell of the drug with pepper. The 22 years old passenger was caught with cannabis and ecstasy after arriving in Alice Springs on a bus from Adelaide. The man is currently being charged with drug possession and supplying commercial quantities of both drugs.
He is currently waiting to appear in the Alice Springs Magistrates court. The detective acting superintendent Lauren Hill says the drugs were found by a police sniffer dog. Lauren Hill continued to say “People try to conceal drugs in many forms and in many ways,” "The drug dogs pick up the scent quite easily.”It is difficult for people to conceal the scent of marijuana. "It's too easy for the dog to pick it up."
ACLU Sueing Cities Over Medical Marijuana Ban
The ACLU is filing a lawsuit against three Michigan Communities that have banned the state approved distribution and use of Medical Marijuana. They claim the cities are violating state law, by not allowing a practice that was approved by an overwhelming majority of the state’s residents. They are suing Livonia, Birmingham, and Bloomfield Hills, but they could have just as easily included others that have taken similar positions.
The cities claim the state law is too vague and could lead to abuses. The ACLU says that cities can’t pick and choose which laws they will abide by, and reject others. The ruling will help clarify the law, which many agree is confusing and needs focusing on, The ruling shall be announced fairly soon due to the high profile that the case is and also due the certain fact that medical marijuana supports thousands of patients all around the state.
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