Willie Nelson Could Face Two Years in Jail for Pot Bust

Willie Nelson performs at Route 66 Casino�s Legends Theater on December 12th, 2009 in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

Willie Nelson could face up to two years in jail for his Friday marijuana possession arrest, a criminal defense attorney tells TMZ.

The Austin-based attorney tells TMZ that Nelson -- who was picked up by police Friday in Sierra Blanca, Texas, (which is 30 miles from the Mexico border) after they smelled the drug on his tour bus at a checkpoint -- could face a minimum of six months in jail.

Willie Nelson Arrested, Charged with Pot Possession in Texas

Bruce Margolin, director of the L.A. chapter of NORML, which fights for marijuana legalization, says Nelson could skip jail time if he is able to convince he forgot he had the Calfornia-grown drug on the bus, and it was for medical use.

This wasn't the first drug arrest for Nelson, who was released Friday after posting $2,500 bond.

In 2006, he was arrested with 1.5 pounds of marijuana and three ounces of hallucinogenic mushrooms on his tour bus. In 1995, he was arrested in Waco, Texas after police spied half a joint in his car's ash tray.


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