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The new Texas Tea

William Michael Smith at Houston Press has a delightful column: Willie Nelson’s Pot Bust: A Milestone In Marijuana Policy?

We’ll bet Gov. Rick Perry’s anus puckered up tighter than an unfracked shale formation when some aide walked up and whispered in his ear, “Willie Nelson’s been busted for pot.” Terrorists inside the Alamo couldn’t have been a worse scenario for the Governor.

Will Willie’s bust be the straw that finally breaks the camel’s back regarding legalization? Wouldn’t it be great if high-profile politicians like former president George W. Bush, Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison got together, called a press conference and said, “OK, enough is enough”?

Or, even better, looked into the camera and screamed “Free Willie Nelson! And while you’re at it, bring us the head of that nincompoop agent who boarded Willie’s bus.” […]

Politicians with balls would realize this bust is an opportunity to alter public policy in a constructive way to benefit all Texans. Want to reduce drug-related violence up and down the Texas border and across the Rio Grande in Juarez? One of the key strategic moves would be to legalize pot. […]

Let’s take this one step further, since we’re all pro-entrepreneurial spirit here in the Lone Star State. Put the state in charge of the growth, sale and distribution of marijuana, just like the state controls liquor stores in Utah or the government-controlled ganja shops in India.

​Then – and here’s the kicker – earmark some of the revenue for research so we can develop an ass-kickin’ strain of Texas Tea that could then be exported by the bale to places like Thailand, Nepal, Holland, Bogota, and Humboldt, Calif. The revenue possibilities are endless, and the marketing slogan can be “Tea From Texas: If It’s Good Enough For Willie, It’s Good Enough For You.”

Read the whole column – it’s worth it.

If you’re on Facebook, you can join Willie Nelson’s Teapot Party.

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24 comments to The new Texas Tea

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  • denmark

    Indeed that was an excellent article. I truly enjoyed his particular choice of words. It so well reflects the growing level of impatience with this movement. And I have no problem with cussing, it does convey disgust quite adequately. Plus it just feels good some times to cuss up a storm.
    Oh yes, our patience is wearing thin, anyone paying attention?

    As far as attitudes go, what happens when extended unemployment benefits run out at the end of the holidays?

    Cutting one billion dollars in the next 7 months and 5.7 billion in the next two years is what’s on the agenda for Governor Gregoire and Washington lawmakers. (mostly in health care for the poor) Brilliant!

    …sorry Pete, I miss some of the open threads and wanted to share these thoughts. I still don’t have my own computer up and running yet, trying to be careful with the finances. How ironic aye?

  • pt

    I loved the Houston Press when I lived there, they have some amazing exposes every week. Really top notch reporting, much better than any newspaper these days. But don’t go thinkin this is a mainstream Texas opinion, houston press is about as far left as you could find in Texas.

  • claygooding

    As the article states:
    “”You gotta love a sumbitch like Willie Nelson who, unlike Bill “I-Never-Inhaled” Clinton, has always ‘fessed up to using copious quantities of herb. Two days ago, in response to his pot bust last Friday at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Sierra Blanca (that’s a Spanish geographical term for the middle of fucking nowhere), the Red Headed Stranger formed Willie Nelson’s Teapot Party; as of this morning, 20,000 people have joined.””

    2o,ooo joined in less than a day,any pools going yet on the 1oo,ooo or 1,ooo,ooo mark?

    And you know party leaders are watching the volume of response as are the ONDCP and our drug warriors.

  • Ben Mann

    Rick Perry may be crazy, be he’s not THAT crazy. Don’t hold your breath… Anti-federalism does not trump drug war social attitudes.

    • I don’t think anyone’s holding their breath, Ben.

      In the very next paragraphs, he specifically noted:

      Of course, as much as W., Ken Doll and Kay Bailey probably want to deep in their secret party-animal inner recesses, their “family values” constituencies won’t allow it; forget that these pols would gain new constituencies nearer to the middle ground of nonpartisan politics to which they are always paying lip service but doing nothing about.

      Unfortunately, if these knee-jerk pols actually came out for Willie, their traditional constituencies that support W and Ken Doll are going to bring up all the old arguments against legalization. These are the people who think if pot is legalized – like alcohol and cigarettes already are – their children are going to start dancing and go straight to Hell.

  • claygooding

    It is impressive how much controversy this bust is causing
    in TX but even more so with the National response,as str8’s
    and stoners solidify into the last thing Kerli wants to see,a voter bloc.
    Malcolm is tearing them up in the comments section at the
    Houston Press and everyone should go throw two cents in the hat.
    Rayadar and others also joining in the fray.

    Thank you Mr Border Patrol!!!!

  • DdC

    Wouldn’t it be great if George W. Bush, Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’ anus puckered up tighter than an unfracked shale formation… then exploded? Free Willie was about releasing a whale. No whales in Texas. Politicians with balls? Well maybe Kay Bailey Hutchison. But she has no brains. Put the state in charge of the growth, sale and distribution? BS! Put the state in charge of puckering George W. Bush, Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison’ anus tighter than an unfracked shale formation. OK earmark some of the revenue for research so we can develop an ass-kickin’ for George W. Bush, Perry and Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison. Lynyrd Skynyrd could do the commercial and sing… Give me a T for Texas…

    ACLU Sues Cities That Banned Medical Marijuana
    “We’re seeing a lot of cities that are passing very burdensome ordinances that stand in the way of patients and their doctors on this issue,” said ACLU attorney Dan Korobkin. “When patients use medical marijuana in compliance with state law, they shouldn’t be penalized for it.”

    Just walk into the local copshop wherever you are, just walk in fire up a doober and say “Chief, You can get anything you want, at Willie’s Ganja Shop.”. And walk out. You know, if one person, just one person does it, they may think he’s really sick and they won’t bust him. And if two people, two people do it, in harmony, they may think they’re both faggots and they won’t bust either of them. And three people do it, three, can you imagine, three people fire up a doober and say “Chief, You can get anything you want, at Willie’s Ganja Shop.” They may think it’s an organization. And can you, can you imagine fifty people a day, I said fifty people a day walking in with a sack of buds, firing one up and walking out. And friends they may thinks it’s a movement… And that’s what it is , the Willie’s Ganja Shop Anti-Massacre Movement… Just walk right in its around the back, just a half a mile from the railroad tracks. You can get anything you want at Willie’s Ganja Shop!
    ~ borrowed from Arlo.

  • Duncan20903

    Ouch! I’ll bet it hurts when you shoot yourself in the foot.

    Somebody tell that man that Governor Perry was already as puckered as possible, and will remain that way far into the foreseeable future.

    Hey, isn’t Texas getting ready to secede from the Union?

  • Duncan20903

    Clay, don’t you know that President Clinton was being absolutely honest when he answered the question? Everyone in the country including me inferred he was talking about being in a room and not wanting to break the social contract would hit the joint but not inhale. Well it seems that Alice B. Toklas was a very popular lady during the years Mr. Clinton was there. The best lies contain nothing but the truth.

    Oh yes, our patience is wearing thin, anyone paying attention?

    I’M MADDER THAN HELL AND I”M NOT GOING TO TAKE IT ANYMORE!!!
    (yes, I am screaming it)

    I suggested we have a coast to coast “flash mob” yelling that phrase, perhaps in front of the participants respective State Capitols but nobody was interested.

  • DdC

    Klintoon didn’t lie when he claimed “He didn’t have sexual relations with that woman’. Arkansas, the place where Klintoon was brought up still followed the blue laws stating sodomy and oral sex were not sexual relations, they were abominations. So he told the truth. He lied about not inhaling, or inferred he didn’t get high. Even without inhaling he would have sublingually got some into the bloodstream. According to one of his friends he would hyperventilate after hitting the joint with his head stuck out the car window. My thoughts are he was a Nark and then CIA recruit for Bush 1 at Berzerkley and then Oxford. Hilly???

    Clinton Quiet About Own Radical Ties
    When Hillary Rodham Clinton questioned rival Barack Obama’s ties to 1960s radicals, her comments baffled two retired Bay Area lawyers who knew Clinton in the summer of 1971 when she worked as an intern at a left-wing law firm in Oakland, Calif., that defended communists and Black Panthers.

  • Duncan20903

    From the comments section of the linked story:

    the bud man says:

    It’s already happening, check out the “Grab Some Buds” commercials. Big money is already rolling the teapot party up and paid Willie to drive through the check point. For that matter, George Soros paid Bud to pay Willie to drive through the check point. Check out who paid Willie’s bail…

    Finally, the truth is coming out. It’s the work of George Soros AKA Lucifer in drag.

  • malcolm kyle

    My thoughts are he was a Nark and then CIA recruit for Bush 1 at Berzerkley and then Oxford.

    would make sense

  • Cliff

    You know, Willie’s friend Waylon Jennings was born and raised in Littlefield, Texas. Right up the road from Lubbock. I remember seeing the last Levi plant in Texas move from there to Mexico or Guatamala about 2 decades ago.

    There’s our country, send our good American jobs away and bust Willie for possessing a freakin’ plant. I would imagine that the spirits of Waylon Jennings and Johnny Cash are not pleased with the way our country is going and some kind of cosmic karma retribution is in order for those who are carrying out the strip mining of our liberties, national wealth and heritage.

  • claygooding

    MSNBC: Cartel arrests fail to curb drug trade

    http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/40458398/ns/world_news-americas/

    “”Gaddis said it’s disruptive for cartels to lose their drivers, their accountants and their money launderers.

    “It’s not like Whack-a-Mole,” he said. “It will take cartels time to replace specific and pertinent roles within their trafficking infrastructure.”

    Yes, but aren’t the drugs they seize a fraction of those on the street, and the criminals arrested replaced or released?

    Gaddis dropped his head into his hands for a moment, thinking.

    “You know, we’re doing God’s work,” he replied.””

    We ask for Judges and LEO with legal expertise and we get friggen angels!

    • You really know how to take the wind out of the sails of a blogger. Someone sends me a tip about a good story. I read it, and spend some time thinking about how I’d like to address it. Wait til I come home from work so I have time to do it right, only to find it already posted, excerpted and discussed at my own blog. Now if I write a blog post about it, I feel like a copy-cat.

      Of course, you didn’t know that, so I can’t really complain.

      That’s OK. There’s got to be something out there you guys haven’t talked about already.

  • Duncan20903

    Horse shit Mr. Gaddis. Unless you’re referring to the god that knocked down the twin towers back in the first year of the millennium.

  • Paul

    I saw that report about Willie Nelson’s arrest when it first happened, and I thought the authorities may have bitten off more than they could chew this time. The law is the law, but I’ll bet Texans love Willie Nelson a lot more than their stupid MJ laws.

    I’ll bet he gets “time served” and a token fine if he pleads guilty–which he almost certainly will. A more serious sentence, either through some misguided mandatory sentencing rule or political tone-deafness will have much more serious consequences for the judge and the State than it will for Mr. Nelson.

  • denmark

    Going to trial would be a good move.

  • darkcycle

    Pete? Are you looking for an original idea? There aren’t any. I’ve written enough fiction to know that it’s not the idea, it’s the particular writer’s vision and expression of an idea that makes it fresh. Blog away, regard us rabble not at all, for we come here to discuss YOUR take on these stories. Without you we are but directionless stoners, liable to comment about anything, and incoherently, at that.

  • darkcycle

    OMFG. The deputy DEA director believes he is doing “God’s Work”.
    I’ll be back when I can stop throwing up….

  • Just gotta say it....

    ….Let go of my willie!
    I want to free my willie !

    No seriously now. Let Willie Nelson go ! Free Marc Emery while your at it.

  • Duncan20903

    My apologies Pete. Tell me what time you get home and I’ll be pleased to oblige. I’m presuming you’re in the Central time zone? I’m on Eastern time.

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