CityBeat’s Living Out Loud – Cincinnati Blog

{September 23, 2006}   Willie and His Weed

willie-nelson.jpgmarijuana.gifmaher-0514.jpg Last night on HBO’s “Read Time with Bill Maher,” Bill had some funny things to say during his “New Rules” bit about Willie Nelson’s recent weed problem.

“Until we win World War III and crush the evildoers in what our president calls a ‘struggle for civilization’ – all law enforcement people have to work on THAT, and not on busting Willie Nelson. This week, Willie Nelson, whom Donald Rumsfeld calls the ‘number two man in al-Qaeda’ – was the victim of a pointless search that revealed he had with him a mere pound and a half of marijuana and a fifth of a pound of psychedelic mushrooms – or as Willie calls it, breakfast.”

I was beginning to think Willie got busted in Cincinnati, but no wait, he was here a few weeks back. Bill continued on.

That’s right, cops in Louisiana pulled over his tour bus and searched it based on probable cause, the probable cause being it contained Willie Nelson. The Fuzz then hassled Willie, demanded he cut his hair and shot Peter Fonda off his motorcycle. I mean, Louisiana, come on, your state was under water a year ago – if the man wants some of it for his bong, let him. Yes, he had mushrooms – he’s a hundred year old hippie, they were growing in his hair.”

“Are we trying to send a message to other aging celebrities who might be thinking about recreational drug use? Watch out, Wilfred Brimley. Alberto Gonzales wants to know what you’re sprinkling on your Quaker Oats.”

Now Willie appeared on “Real Time” last season and in part, talked a little bit about his bus. I was glad to hear Bill bring it up again.

Everybody’s got something. But if there’s one drug above all we should be cracking down on, it’s oil. Oil is the addiction poisoning our lungs, and our political system, and our foreign policy. Willie Nelson, high though he might have been, was on a bus that didn’t pollute anything, because it runs on bio-diesel. But bio-diesel threatens the profits of Big Oil, which means the only way we’re ever going to legalize pot in this country is to convince Bush and Cheney it’s a petroleum product. And it may be, all my bongs have a carburetor.”

“Hemp is another product that threatens oil and timber profits, because it has so many uses, like rope and bio-fuel and textiles. The Declaration of Independence is written on it. President Bush could use it to make another “Mission Accomplished” banner. If he could only accomplish a mission.”

And then Bill brings it home. . .

But that’s hard when you lose focus. Let’s focus on defending America, and leave the singers and the medical marijuana patients alone. Because, believe me, when you bite into one of their special baked goods, in about 20 minutes you’ll be saying, ‘You’re doing a heckuva job, brownie.'”

Willie, next time you play at Riverbend, maybe I’ll smoke a joint with you. I’ll ask Bill to join us.

Larry Gross


Kenny says:

What a shame that the cops have nothing better to do than go after a 73-year-old singer and his weed.

Are you sure Willie wasn’t in Cincinnati?

Karen says:


This post and your column about “Reefer Madness” just makes the point of how silly this law is.

Leave Willie alone!

Jeff- or-ly says:


Many says:

In honor of our man Willie, why don’t you put up one of his music videos?

Matt says:

Actually, I’m surprised the cops didn’t try to bust Willie when he was here. In a way, he’s an easy target. So is Bill Maher, but then again, he lives in L.A.

S.A. says:

Cops are amazing everywhere. Going after a seventy-three year old for pot. Who in the hell was he hurting? Nobody.

Willie Nelson is intelligent, creative, politically active, and he stands up for what he believes no matter what it costs him. He takes his responsibility to his planet and his fellow human beings very seriously.

Not only is Willie an inspiration and a roll model to every human being on earth, he is living proof that decades upon decades of heavy marijuana use cause NO harm to ANYONE including the user.

Viva Willie!

Jim Stanton says:

As far as I’m concerned, Willie Nelson should be this country’s energy advisor. He takes this planet seriously and has ways to get this country off the oil. YES, he is a roll model to every human being on this earth. He smokes marijunana? Who cares.

Ben says:

Speaking of weed…………………..remember when City Beat did the weed issue a few years back? Why can’t they do a part two?

Tracy says:

Yes, Ben, I remember that issue also and it was a good one. The good issues or at least the special issues that are a little bit differnt, the paper doesn’t seem to want to repeat. The ones like this week’s Midpoint issue, The Dining Guide, The Best of bullshit and all the rest you can always predict, you know, more sameness all the time. If anyone is reading from there, how ABOUT another weed issue?

Julie says:

Just on a lark, I went to the Arts & Music blog on CityBeat’s web site today and found these words:

“We’ll have a couple posts today for our non-existent Arts & Music Blog (wink wink).” The person didn’t even put his or her name to the post.

How cute. Now insulting to those of us who waited for you to get your act together.

Wink this: If you have it now FINALLY up and running, why don’t you remove the words “Coming Soon” from it? What? You going to drop it again after Midpoint is over?

When it comes to your blog, it sure seems like the right hand has no idea what the left hand is doing. Maybe the editor of this LOL blog should get over there and show this “wink wink” person how to run a blog. Until that happens, I’m just going to stay here.

Matt says:

Yeah, Julie, same here. We made them aware of a problem we saw, probably somehow forced them to correct it and how this wink-wink business. Screw that blog.

Bill says:

All I can say is let’s make Willie Nelson the editor of the arts & music blog.

Bobby Dee says:

Wink wink can kiss my big black fxxxxxx ass. You have no right at all to be cute with us! Fxxx you. You want us to thank you for finally getting your blog going? If you didn’t want to do it, why the hell did you put in our face in MAY and then jxxxxx off for the rest of the spring summer and now fall?

CIN – you just won me over. Your Midpoint issue is better any way.

C.A. MacConnell says:

I wonder how Willie really feels in the morning. I wonder if he ever wakes up and thinks this: Damn, I’m tired and sick. I wish I could quit all this, but I can’t because I have my hippie image to hold up…if I could just feel better…but I do more and more and can’t get a buzz anymore. It’s not working, but I can’t stop either. I’m tired.

Maybe not. Maybe he’s fine.

I wondered that about Cat Power, who was in the NY Times this past week. Interesting story.

Rick says:


I have followed the life of Willie Nelson for a long time, because I’m a big fan of his music.

Being on the road, singing for his fans and smoking a little pot is the life he wants. I wouldn’t feel too bad for old Willie.

Liz says:

Matt –

At least the arts and music people are now making the attempt to keep the blog updated. I don’t understand the “coming soon” bit but let’s give them the benefit of a doubt and hope they are on track now. Just don’t start the rants again because it resolves nothing.


C.A. MacConnell says:

Oh, yes, maybe so. Perhaps it’s that simple. Sometimes I can get deep in the mornin, wonderin about people’s heads. Ha.

Matt says:


I’ll let up a little. Maybe. Another post was made on their site this afternoon about Midpoint last night. I think most don’t know to read it because it is still labled coming soon. Maybe they should just leave it that way. With Midpoint coming to an end, the blog will probably die again but I’ll hold off on saying anything for a while.

Mike says:

Hey Matt, we got Tall Stacks coming up and all that music something like 65 acts. CityBeat can’t go back to sleep just yet.

Joey says:

My understanding is this bust could be a big deal for Willie, could do some jail time for having all that pot on him. How much does this guy smoke anyway?

hard as nails says:

i doubt if willie does any jail time. everyone knows he smokes weed but he’s a harmless soul. besides, he has money.

Joe says:

Is there anything new on Willie and the bust?

Tessa says:

c’est quand même dingue de voir que Ferrer fait tout le jeu. Lui a compris que sur surface rapide, il faut quand même essayer de faire les points plutot que de ne pas faire de fautes. D&r2#17;ailleu8s il a fait plus de fautes directes que Berdych (23-21 à 3-2 dans ce troisème set), mais beaucoup plus de points gagnants: 34 contre 22…et provoque beaucoup plus de fautes adverses: 13 seulement pour lui contre 24 pour Berdych…Ce dernier ne fait donc à peu près rien et subit le jeu…

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