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Willie Nelson offered freedom from jail if he pleads guilty, sang song

March 29, 2011 - London

Country singer Willie Nelson, a marijuana enthusiast who was arrested for possession in November, has been offered freedom from jail by a judge if he pleads guilty and sang a song for the court.

Nelson, 77, was arrested in November when officers smelled cannabis coming from inside his tour bus while crossing the Mexican border into Hudspeth County, Texas, on its way to Los Angeles.

The bus was searched and six ounces was discovered, which Nelson said was his. He posted a 2,500-dollar bail and the bus was allowed to go on its way.

"I'm gonna let him plead, pay a small fine and he's gotta sing 'Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain' with his guitar right there in the courtroom," the Daily Mail quoted Hudspeth County Attorney Kit Bramblett as saying.

"You bet you're a** I ain't gonna be mean to Willie Nelson," he said.

Nelson is a keen advocate of legalising the drug and is co-chair of the advisory board of the National Organization for the Reform of Marijuana Laws.

Local laws say that anything below three ounces is considered a misdemeanour, which Bramblett usually pushes for a fine and court costs, which are paid through the mail.

Although initially stopped with 6 ounces, with packaging removed the weight was less than three.

"Between me and the sheriff, we threw out enough of it or smoked enough so that there's only three ounces, which is within my jurisdiction," Bramblett joked.

It is understood the singer will agree to the demand when his tour is next in town.


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