Willie Nelson’s marijuana-related plea deal rejected


Willie Nelson (MIKE THEILER/REUTERS)

Willie Nelson’s latest marijuana-related legal woes aren’t over yet.

A judge has rejected a plea deal that would have Nelson plead guilty to possession of drug paraphernalia and pay a $500 fine. The country music legend was arrested in November after six ounces of marijuana were found on his tour bus.

The deal was rejected Wednesday by Judge Becky Dean-Walker, who told the AP that Nelson should be charged with misdemeanor marijuana possession. The red-headed stranger could face a year in jail if convicted.

This seems like a harsh turn in a case where an attorney said Nelson could get off with a fine if he sang “Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain.” Sadly, Dean-Walker later said the offer was a joke that “got out of hand.”

This is not the first time Nelson, who has appeared on multiple “High Times” covers and in the 1998 film “Half Baked,” has been arrested for marijuana-related crimes. He was sentenced to six months’ probation for a misdemeanor count of marijuana possession in 2007.

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