Ah, Willie Nelson. Just that name alone conjures up a timeless image of, well, a dirty-looking hippie singing songs about pointless rednecks. But there is a darker side to Willie Nelson – the side of Willie Nelson that takes recreational drugs.
Willie Nelson faces up to six months in jail after police in Louisiana apparently found a bunch of marijuana and magic mushrooms on his tour bus. Of course, looking back it seems so obvious – how could drugs not have had a hand in Willie Nelson hits like Stardust, Crazy and Mr McFee's Enchanted Clogs Can See Through Time.
Drugs are evil. We know this because on a recent ice-skating trip we played a crude 1994 ice-hockey arcade game that told us 'Winners Don't Do Drugs'. In fact, we'd go so far as to say that all drugs are evil. Even the ones that stop old ladies dying. And from this, we can gather that harmless old friendly country and western hippy Willie Nelson is an evil loser – he's just been charged with possession of drugs in Louisiana.
Now, drugs affect people in different ways. Let Pete Doherty near some drugs, for example, and he'll squirt you with a syringe filled with blood and then try to marry a supermodel, but Willie Nelson is different. The height of Willie Nelson's drug behaviour seems to include releasing an opportunistic bandwagon-jumping single about gay cowboys and putting a marijuana leaf on the front of one of his albums – an act that's roughly as rebellious these days as cocking a snook behind the major's back on carnival day when nobody's looking. But, despite Willie Nelson's lack of threatening behaviour, he has been busted and charged with drug possession, as BBC News reports:
Musician Willie Nelson has been charged with drug possession after marijuana and magic mushrooms were allegedly found by police on his tour bus. The country singer and four others were charged with drug possession offences after a routine police stop near Lafayette, Louisiana. Nelson could face up to six months in jail and an unspecified fine, Reuters news agency reported police as saying.
Police apparently seized marijuana weighing 700g and magic mushrooms weighing 91g in Willie Nelson's tourbus, and Willie Nelson was "cooperative" with the police during his arrest. Obviously as the only singer ever to have taken drugs, Willie Nelson can expect to have the book thrown at him in court, although if he's lucky he'll reach a plea deal and his only punishment will be to lash out at photographers with a broom in New York for three days.
[story by Stuart Heritage]