Oh come on.
Snoop Dogg was arrested over the weekend for marijuana possession when his tour bus was stopped at a border-control checkpoint in Sierra Blanca, Texas – the same town that Willie Nelson was busted in last year for weed.
A drug-sniffing police dog found less than half an ounce of marijuana in a prescription bottle in a waste basket, according to reports, resulting in the rapper's arrest. Snoop, real name Calvin Broadus, Jr, took responsibility for the cannabis and was placed under arrest.
The legendary pothead has a prescription for medical cannabis in California, but there is a zero tolerance policy for the plant in Texas. Snoop was issued a citation for misdemeanor drug possession and released. If convicted, he could face up to 180 days in jail.
It's a dark twist of fate for Snoop, considering that he lashed out against Sierra Blanca's cops in 2010 for arresting the country singer, claiming, "They better leave Willie the f**k alone." Check out the video for "My Medicine," Snoop's green-loving duet with Willie.
All told, this isn't the first time Snoop Dogg has landed behind bars; He was busted for marijuana possession in 1998, 2001, twice in 2006 and 2007, among his numerous other arrests.
A case of profiling spurred on by badge vengeance, or just bad luck for Snoop? We'll leave that to more informed speculators, but one thing remains certain: in the world of 2012, imprisoning hundreds of thousands of Americans a year for a plant, let alone one with widespread, clinically & federally proven medicinal benefits, let alone one that nobody in history has ever died directly from, is indicative of a legislative cancer that serves to control rather than represent the people. Relegating the legalization issue to a Cheech & Chong joke or a fringe Ron Paul talking point is ludicrous in today's age of total information access, and with pharmaceutical and corporate forces running rampant and unchecked in Congressional halls in broad daylight, it's no wonder the voice of public opposition is rising so steadily – and rapidly.
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