31 October 2012 - American rap star Nelly was detained near the Mexican border, in the very same border checkpoint that is surely becoming infamous in the world of pot-smoking celebs touring the US: in the town of Sierra Blanca, Texas.
Nelly is in the pleasant company of none other than Willie Nelson, Fiona Apple and, international pot-bust champion, Snoop Dogg, who have all fallen victim to the checkpoint, which lies happily on Route 66, a popular passage for touring artists.
However, if anyone's counting, the cops who busted Nelly's party win the prize for biggest bust, finding dozens of sachets of heroin, 4.5kg of marijuana, and a loaded .45 calibre pistol on the Grammy-winning rappers tour bus. They subsequently arrested one of his entourage, who had claimed responsibility for the drugs and weapons. In a statement Nelly, 37, said:
"It is my
understanding a member of my staff made an unfortunate decision to bring
unlawful materials onto our tour bus that resulted in his arrest. Neither I nor anyone else on the tour bus was aware of his decision to
bring these on board."
16th July 2012 - So, a pass that stops all non-Dutch from buying marijuana in the pot-capital of the world will possibly come into effect in January 2013. How does country music and cannabis star Willie Nelson plan to react? Does he miss out on the wonderful weed on offer in the country renowned for its weed?
"No. I'll just rent me an apartment when I go over there so I'll be a resident. Or if I have to, I'll buy a place".
Discussing this potential crack-down on "Drug Tourism", Nelson said, "That's too bad. But maybe the local businesses will raise enough hell to keep that from happening." And he may be right. Amsterdam alone has more than two-hundred coffeeshops, all of which stand to lose out terribly if the proposed pass goes through, as is the case for the coffeeshops in the unfortunate southern provinces of Limburg, North Brabant and Zeeland, for whom the weedpass law came into effect as of 1st May 2012.
7 June 2012 The country singer, Willie Nelson in his latest interview was asked again about his advocacy of legitimizing marijuana. He said, "There would be a lot less crime if some of the less harmful drugs were legal. It would make a real difference in murders and other drugs associated with drugs and dealing drugs."
21 April 2012 - Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg have recorded a collaborative track titled 'Roll Me Up' that celebrates smoking cannabis – scroll down to the bottom of the page and click to listen to the song.
The track, which was posted on country singer Nelson's website, was released April 20th to mark the American counterculture holiday '4-20', in which marijuana users congregate together to smoke the substance.
Singer Kris Kristofferson and Jamey Johnson also feature on the song, which includes Nelson's opening lyric of "Roll me up and smoke me when I die, and if anyone don't like it, just look 'em in the eye."