Don't you feel safer knowing that Border Patrol checkpoints are catching septuagenarian music stars with pot? I'd like to meet the genius investigator who figured out there might be marijuana in Willie Nelson's tour bus. Perhaps he thinks this will teach Shotgun Willie a lesson and henceforth he'll abstain?
Drug cartels are all but running parts of Mexico, while large quantities of drugs continue to successfully make their way north, with guns flowing south. None of these checkpoints, unmanned drones or other over-hyped tactics seem to make a dent in that problem, but at least they caught Willie, making him wait a few hours, perhaps crooning "In the Jailhouse Now," before posting bond and heading on his way.
So which of his songs do you think Willie was singing after he left the Hudspeth County Jail? A few offhand guesses: "Smoke! Smoke! Smoke! (That Cigarette)"? "I'm a Worried Man"? "No Alibi"? "Nobody's Fault But Mine"? "Last Thing I Needed First Thing This Morning"? "Nothing I Can Do About It Now"? Or maybe just, "On the Road Again"?
Willie seems like a laid back guy and I'm sure he doesn't hold a grudge. When he got back to Austin, I've little doubt he took his own advice from his funny (if mildly heretical) marijuana themed Christmas tune on a 2008 Stephen Colbert special:
And the Wise Men started tokin'Sleep well tonight, Texans. The Red-Headed Stranger has been apprehended and will be sternly dealt with. We are all safer now.
And Yea, the bud was kind
It was salvation they were smokin'
And His forgiveness blew their minds ...