Willie Nelson's Daughter Busted For Marijuana Possession

By McCarton Ackerman 04/23/14

Paula Nelson followed her father's footsteps by getting busted with just under two ounces of weed in Texas.

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Like father, like daughter: Paula Nelson, daughter of country music legend Willie Nelson, was arrested last Saturday in Texas and charged with marijuana possession.

Nelson, 44, was pulled over during a routine traffic stop and officers found less than two ounces of marijuana. She was later released on bail. Nelson could face up to 180 days in prison and a $2,000 fine if convicted, but it’s unlikely she will receive any jail time since she doesn’t have a prior criminal record.

Of course, Willie has famously had his own runs with the law over marijuana. He’s been arrested for pot possession three times in Texas: Dallas in 1974, Waco in 1994, and Sierra Blanca in 2010. However, the 80-year-old singer hasn’t let those incidents stop him from becoming a staunch advocate for marijuana legalization. He’s even released a strain of cannabis named after him that has been “lauded for its creative, euphoric effects” by pot consumers.

“I think it’s only a matter of time,” said Willie on federal legalization of marijuana. “The economy going off is going to help it a lot. There's money there, and anyone with any brains at all can say, 'Why do you want the criminals to make all the money off of this when it's proven that it won't kill you unless you let a bale of it fall on you?'"

Paula is Willie’s daughter with his third wife, Connie Koepke. She is also a country singer who has been fronting the Paula Nelson Band for many years.

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McCarton Ackerman is a freelance writer and editor living in Portland, Oregon. He has been a contributor for The Fix since October 2011, writing on a wide range of topics ranging from medical marijuana in Colorado to the world's sexiest drug smugglers. Follow him on Linkedin and Twitter.