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Willie Nelson After His Most Recent Pot Arrest: Let’s Start A Tea Pot Party!

  • by Allen St. Pierre, NORML Executive Director November 28, 2010

    American music legend and NORML Advisory Board member Willie Nelson was busted, again, for possessing cannabis on Friday by a US Border Patrol outside of Sierra Blanca, Texas…about 30 miles from the nation’s border with Mexico. NORML warned cannabis consumers a few years ago about these roaming road blocks.

    Willie’s tour bus had to pass through one of these ‘border’ checkpoints, and after law enforcement claimed to have smelled cannabis, Willie was busted for possessing six ounces of cannabis.

    In his first public interview post arrest, Willie tells CelebStoner: “There’s the Tea Party. How about the Teapot Party? Our motto: We lean a little to the left.”

    For years NORML’s founder Keith Stroup has admonished cannabis consumers—the tens of millions of cannabis consumers in America—to stop voting for politicians who support arresting cannabis consumers.

    If enough cannabis consumers get politically active and organize under Willie Nelson’s ‘Tea Pot Party’, voters in future may have a choice to support bona fide office seekers who support ending Cannabis Prohibition as Willie has just started a Facebook page announcing such.**

    **And thereby ending the historical harassment by law enforcement of great musicians from coast to coast.

    117 Responses to “Willie Nelson After His Most Recent Pot Arrest: Let’s Start A Tea Pot Party!”

    1. Midori says:

      We already have Two Political Parties that support Legalization of Marijuana (Green & Libertarian). So, you all can either fall-in ranks, or be just be another common Political opponent. Republicans and Democrats are completely controlled by Lobbyist. The U.S. Chamber of Commerce funnels monies to all of our Legislators for the Official Government work that they do, as they want.
      Our Legislators put that money, taken from Lobbyist, in their own Coffers rather than into the Government Treasury. Therefore, Republicans and Democrats are “On The Take”, and under control by Lobbyist.

    2. Fireweed420 says:

      Tea Pot Party? Show me the website.

      One thing is for sure, with this latest announcement of intent to make per se duid nationwide, we need to move quickly on this.

      and #54, don’t forget the textile industry.

    3. Fireweed420 says:

      #72:there is a lot of support in medical literature about how pharmaceuticals and symptom-focused treatment actually keeps people just sick enough to need a sampling of the services and medications being marketed. To actually cure people would mean some corporations would lose some money.

    4. JDNCGAZ says:

      Texas must be short on cash again.Willie has my support for the ‘POT’ TEA PARTY.My motto ‘FU^* IT,Smoke it if you got it they cant arrest us all.
      And I mean everyone get out Pick a day ,Go to your state ,county or local government offices and smoke
      Walking down the street what better time to smoke.
      Is this a free country or a police state.THERE IS NOT ENOUGH JAILS , COURTS OR PRISONS TO HOLD ALL OF US.THE SYSTEM WOULD AND WILL BUCKLE UNDER THE ENORMUS WEIGHT OF ALL OF US.!!!!!!!!!!WE dont hide our drinking,or cigarettes,our deadly automobiles, and air polluting energy industry,Which causes more death than anything on this planet-EVEN WAR

    5. Marinol says:

      Still waiting for someone to start the Tea Pot Party…

    6. Will Taylor says:

      In Arkansas,we (Cannabis-Hemp Study Advocates) have written and released proposed legislation that addresses the significant issues of the cannabis-hemp imbroglio. Composed as Arkansas legislation, it nonetheless can serve as a model for any state that left–as ours did–a little wriggle-room in its controlled substances laws. Check out our website: http://www.chsa.viviti.com. The site is new and pretty sparse, but the legislation and a summary are available there.

    7. Turbo Dog says:

      The political party bit isn’t the issue…I’m watching Republican Gary Johnson’s career with much interest and may for the first time in my life back a rep in 2012. He’s done much for New Mexico and now is in Florida testing the waters:

      “The issue of marijuana legalization is obviously an attention-getter,” Johnson said. “And you can’t shy away from it. I have to defend it. I have to defend the position.”
      Johnson’s reasons: Marijuana is less harmful than alcohol and the costs of locking up pot smokers exacts too much of a toll on civil liberties and on taxpayers. He said marijuana would be considered less of a gateway drug if it were sold alongside “more dangerous drugs” like booze.
      “I don’t drink. I don’t smoke pot. But I’ve drank and I’ve smoked pot,” said Johnson, an accomplished triathlete who once scaled Mount Everest. “The big difference between the two is that marijuana is a lot safer than alcohol.”

      I always find it funny that all we want is peace, it’s the government that wants the war. I do feel that Willie Nelson should certainly push forward, but we should all focus on which candidates back decrim and/or legalization regardless of right or left and party affiliation and get rid of the Leonharts that are fighting us…

    8. rich says:

      SEEMS TO ME,THE LAW ENFORCEMENT COMMUNITY SHOULD BE OUT TRYING TO STOP SOME REAL CRIMES,INSTEAD OF OUT TO GET THE OLD AND WEAK FOR “WOW”GETTIN HIGH….HMMMMMM,I THINK LAW ENFORCEMENT SHOULD HAVE TO DO A TOUR IN IRAQ,THEY WOULD LEARN TO PAY ATTENTION TO MORE IMPORTANT CRIMES HERE IN THE REAL US OF A….

    9. mark says:

      Cops would rather chase harmless pot smokers with pipes than crack dealers with guns. (added by Mobile using Mippin)

    10. dustin says:

      IN OUR CURRENT GOVERNMENT SYSTEM IT CAN BE SAID THAT THEREARE MANY FLAWS…TO SAY THA LEAST,BUT THERE IS A GREATER FLAW THAT IS HOLDING BACK AMERICANS FROM OBTAINING CHANGES IN THE LAWS.WE AS A SMOKER NATION HAVE BECOME POLITICALLY WEAK,AFRAID,AND DISCOURAGED.NOT UNTIL THE SMOKERS OF AMERICA BAND TOGETHER AND FORM POLITICAL PARTIES SUCH AS WILLIES PROPOSED TEA POT PARTY WILL WE BEGIN TO SEE CHANGE.REAL CHANGE.THE KIND OF CHANGE DRIVIN BY A POWERFUL PEOPLE NOT AFRAID TO STAND AND OPPOSE THEIR GOVERNMENT.AN INTELLIGEN AND ENLIGHTEND PEOPLE WITH A WILL TO COMMIT TO STRONG SOCIAL AND GOVERNMENTAL REVOLUTION….ITS TIME WE STAND TOGETHER.THERE ARE TOO MANY OF US FOR OUR VOCIES NOT TO BE HEARD AS LONG WE ALL SING LOUD AND SING THA SAME SONG.IT STARTS BY BECOMING INVOLVED IN YOUR LOCAL AND STATE POLICIES.FROM THERE WE CAN GET A TOE HOLD AND PUSH THE FEDERAL SYSTEM INTO ANEW ERA OF TRUE PERSONAL FREEDOM.

    11. Stick Man says:

      There is an ever growing protest happening in DC on 4-20-11, called Overgrow The Government! You can find us on Facebook! Our website is coming soon… We hope to see you all there, and Willie too! Peace!

      [Editor’s note: Congress is not in session the week of April 20…Hard to talk to Congress if they’re not in Washington, DC.

      Might want to plan for a week when Congress is not in recess, which means trying to coordinate better with the 5-10 drug policy reform groups (like NORML, ACLU, DPA, FAMM, SSDP, LEAP, DRCNet, etc…) who’re based in the nation’s capital.]

    12. Sol says:

      In times of “social web” I think all the people in favor of legalization, would make an international day of protest. In Brazil each state makes a “Marijuana March. ” or ” Marcha da Maconha “. But as I said before, with the use of social networks, we can organize a single day.

    13. Turbo dog at 107. i like gary too. i can’t belivev i wuld vote rep. but he for legalize. as far as i know, the rally point is d.c. on fourtwenty with overgrow.i dont think it matters if congress is in session or not.

    14. Brian says:

      Tea Pot Party Now!

    15. alanofsac says:

      1 Everybody out there send a dollar bill in an envelope to your congressman / senator that supports progressive marijuana legislation and an empty envelope to the ones that don’t.

      2 Register republican and vote Ron Paul in the primary

      3 Study the wikipedia articles on JURY NULLIFICATION

    16. Midori says:

      I feel that it is time to give up on supporting the Democrat Party! The Bush Tax Cuts have let that Debt Monster out of its cage! Obama will likely be a One Term President. Obama could possibly regain some of his Mo-jo, if his Secretary of State did in fact give him one of her balls…
      I have heard that over 26,000,000 Democrats did not get out and vote in this last Mid-term election! Young voters were down by 55%. Black voters were down by 43%. Latino voters were down by 40%.
      My take on Obama’s viability is that there is little likelihood that he could ever regain the political support that he had when first elected President. I believe that Liberal Democrats likely feel that if Obama is reelected, so what? Einstein once said “Trying the same thing, over and over, and expecting a different result is Insanity”. Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me!
      Obama has a Naïve notion of Political Bipartisanship. The Obama Administration is made up of Right-Wing Democrats such as Axelrod. Republicans are able to Push Democrats around in Lock Step simply because the Democrat Party has a majority of Conservative Blue Dogs that only support the Democrat Leadership on about 85% of the Legislation.
      Almost all of the Legislators, Republicans & Democrats are “On the Take”! That is, they take money from Lobbyist and Special interest Groups for the work that they do, and they put that money into their own Coffers rather than into the Government Treasury. This money comes from The Republican’s Chamber of Commerce.
      President Obama referred to this Country, “The United States of America”, as a Democracy, and I thought, don’t we wish; let me see.
      1. When campaigning for Election Obama said “No Lobbyist would serve in his Administration”. Obama said “He supported Universal Single Payer Health Care” when he was Campaigning for President. Obama knows how to talk the talk, and he does have a lot of intellect, unfortunately Obama does not walk the Walk! Remember when Obama said Insurance Company Health Care was Unsustainable? Well, $17M from Insurance Company Lobbyist, and viola! “It now makes more sense to build on what works rather than to build an entirely new system”. It is a shame that U.S. Legislators put Lobby Monies in their own Coffers for the official Government work that they do, rather than into the Government Treasury. We the People cannot put Referendums on the Federal election Ballots.
      2. It is any wonder that less than ½ of the eligible Citizens of “The United States” are even registered in any Political Party, and less than ½ of the Registered Voters ever get out and Vote in any election? Obama pledged that no Lobbyist would serve in his Administration.
      3. “I Pledge Allegiance To The Flag Of The United States Of America, And To The Republic For Which It Stands”!
      It is time to give up on the “Party of Blue-Dogs”! I strongly feel that the Republican Party is poised to kick the Democrats to infinity. How so? Liberals are so poorly represented that many feel; “What is the use of registering, and getting out, and Voting?” I think that we have very few Barney Franks, John Conyers, Howard Dean, and a Democrat Party of Blue-Dogs that only support the Leadership on about 85% of the time!
      I feel that only the Green Party could stand up to the Republican Party.
      I encourage you, and your organization to work with the Green Party to Register Voters!

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