There’s the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party? Country Music Legend Willie Nelson calling for
After his third pot possession bust in five years, country music legend Willie Nelson has had enough. He told former High Times editor Steve Bloom’s CelebStoner web site Sunday it is time for a new, pro-marijuana political party.
www.celebstoner.com 28 November 2010
In an exclusive to CelebStoner, Willie Nelson responded to his latest marijuana arrest in Texas by calling for a new political party: "There’s the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left."
When Nelson’s tour bus was stopped at a border checkpoint in Sierra Blanca Friday morning, authorities smelled marijuana, searched the vehicle with K-9 dogs and found six ounces of marijuana. Nelson posted a $2,500 bond and was released four hours later.
"Tax it, regulate it and legalize it," Nelson continued in his email to CelebStoner. "And stop the border wars over drugs. Why should the drug lords make all the money? Thousands of lives will be saved."
Nelson has been arrested three times for marijuana - once before in Texas in 2005 and in Louisiana in 2006. The total number of Americans arrested for marijuana in 2009 was 858,408.
Nelson’s arrest was just one of what are likely to be around 900,000 pot busts this year, the vast majority for simple possession. Last year, more than 850,000 people were arrested for marijuana offenses.
Despite a raft of recent polls showing increasing support for marijuana legalization nationwide and majority support on the West Coast, the number of members of Congress showing any interest in moving toward marijuana legalization remains in the one-figures. However, there have been rumors of support in some influential Democratic circles for marijuana legalization as a get-out-the-vote strategy. Dozens of Democratic organizations in California lent their endorsement to this year’s Prop 19 ballot initiative, as did the Republican Liberty Caucus.