Melissa Etheridge, the famous singer-songwriter and cannabis activist, was arrested for marijuana possession at the US-Canada border this summer, according to a recent TMZ report.
On August 17, Etheridge was returning to the U.S. when her tour bus was stopped by the United States Customs and Borders Patrol. A K-9 Unit detected possible drugs were aboard the bus and agents later discovered marijuana oil on the vehicle. Etheridge was booked for possession, though she pleaded not guilty.
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Etheridge is a well-known celebrity within the cannabis industry. As a breast cancer survivor, she started using cannabis oil to deal with pain and the side effects of chemotherapy, and continues to do so. She wrote in a CNN opinion piece how “the entire experience changed my life.” She also is responsible for Know Label, a line of cannabis-infused wine tinctures available in California.
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Etheridge also made cannabis-related headlines earlier this year when she admitted to smoking marijuana with her adult children, stating she’d “much rather have a smoke with my grown kids than a drink.”
As she told Yahoo! at the time, “My children have a very clear understanding of cannabis. When I hold it without shame or confusion they can understand it as simple as if I was pointing to a bottle of Percocet and said, ‘That’s mama’s medicine.’ You take the naughtiness out of it and it’s not something kids then run to.”