Willie Nelson on ‘Rolling Stone’ cover and having great year

AUSTIN (KXAN) — Austin’s Willie Nelson is having a great year.

This summer, he released “Band of Brothers.” That’s his first No. 1 country album in 28 years, and now the 81-year-old is on the cover of the new issue of “Rolling Stone.” It’s his first appearance on the cover in 36 years. The last time he was the cover story was July 1978.

In the new issue, Nelson explained why he no longer worries about getting arrested for marijuana.

Nelson said of law enforcement:

“They mostly want autographs now. They don’t really bother me anymore for the weed, because you can bust me now and I’ll pay my fine or go to jail, get out and burn one on the way home. They know they’re not stopping me.”

Nelson’s theory doesn’t always work, however. He was arrested for pot possession as recently as 2010.

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