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Willie Nelson Avoids Jail Time for Marijuana Arrest

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Willie Nelson is out of the, um, weeds! At least in the legal sense. The marijuana-loving singer, who even held a one-day sale for merch on his website on 4/20, was arrested in November 2010 in Texas when he was found with a mere six ounces of weed on him. His lawyer negotiated a plea deal with prosecutors and Nelson will avoid two years in jail for the offense. What good news; this arrest turned out to be just a hiccup in Nelson’s life.

“Willie is glad to have it all behind him,” his lawyer told TMZ.

Essentially, the braids-wearing singer of hits like ‘On the Road Again’ entered a “no contest” plea to a misdemeanor charge of possession of drug paraphernalia. He will pay a $500 fine and see the original charge reduced.

There is a stipulation that works in Nelson’s favor, too. If notorious marijuana user Nelson stays clean for a period of 30 days, the case will be dismissed and wiped off the books all together. So let’s hope Nelson puts the roach clip (or the bong or the vaporizer, or whatever happens to be his inhalation device of choice) down for a month’s time and puts this mess behind him entirely.

Interestingly enough, Nelson has been busted with weed several times in his life, including an arrest in North Carolina in early 2010 and one in Louisiana in 2006. Nelson remains on his Country Throwdown Tour currently.

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