Good News for Musicians Touring Through Texas Who like to Smoke Weed

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On the long musician's commute between California and Austin, the Sierra Blanca Border Patrol checkpoint busts more than its share of bands for marijuana possession. But, as of last week, that reign has come to an end. NPR reports that Hudspeth County Sheriff Arvin West will no longer take marijuana cases coming from the Border Patrol checkpoint.

Last August, surrounding a feature on legalized marijuana in Texas, we chronicled the famous snags of the Sierra Blanca checkpoint. Major players like Willie Nelson, Snoop Dogg and Fiona Apple have all seen the business end of the Hudspeth County's jail, along with countless other van-bound musicians and travelers (according to NPR, the checkpoint would pull in 20 to 30 marijuana possession busts per day).   

As federal agencies become less interested in small-scale possession, less money is available to prosecute these cases. 

"I don't have a problem whatsoever going out there and arresting them," West told NPR. "I just have a problem making my local taxpayers foot the bill for America's problem. I'm not gonna do the federal government's job."

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