Willie Nelson Faces Misdemeanor Charges on Pot Possession

Willie Nelson and four members of his touring entourage are facing misdemeanor charges for possession of marijuana and hallucinogenic mushrooms after his tour bus was stopped Monday morning (Sept. 18) near Breaux Bridge, La. Nelson was headed to Texas following a Sunday night show with Ray Price in Montgomery, Ala. Police said Nelson’s 2005 Prevost bus was stopped on Interstate 10 for a commercial vehicle inspection. In a press release, police said, “When the door was opened and the trooper began to speak to the driver, he smelled the strong odor of marijuana in the bus.” Police confiscated 1.5 pounds of marijuana and 0.2 pound of mushrooms. Others charged with the 73-year-old Country Music Hall of Fame member were his sister, Bobbie Nelson, 75, who plays piano in his band; road manager David Anderson, 50; and bus drivers Gates Moore, 54, and Tony Sizemore, 59. All were issued misdemeanor citations and released.