Singer Melissa Etheridge found herself in police custody after she was caught stowing a quantity of marijuana oil on her tour bus as she made her way across North Dakota, with U.S. Customs and Border Patrol making the arrest on August 17.
Etheridge’s bus was returning to the United States when a K-9 sniffer unit detected possible drugs, flagging her tour bus for review by border patrol agents, TMZ reported. When they made the illicit discovery, Etheridge claimed that she uses the cannabis product to manage pain from cancer.
While medical marijuana is perfectly legal in California, where Etheridge resides, it remains illegal in North Dakota. The “Come To My Window” songstress was slapped with one count of possession of a controlled substance, but the charge didn’t seem to faze her, as her grinning mug shot seems to suggest.
Etheridge has advocated for the legalization of medical marijuana since 2004, when she was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer that doctors treated via a lumpectomy and five rounds of chemotherapy and radiation.
“Going through chemotherapy is suffering,” she said during an appearance on Yahoo’s “Weed & The American Family” series.
“My friend David Crosby, he was the first one who said, ‘Melissa, you have to do medical marijuana, it’s too hard otherwise,’” she recalled. “After my first chemo, they offered me a steroid, and a pain reliever, and it was like, ‘here’s five, six pharmaceuticals’ and I’m like, no, I’m going to go this natural way when I’m on chemo.”
She is slated to perform the National Anthem on Sunday at the Chiefs vs. Steelers game, where she will support the “Crucial Catch” campaign dedicated to raising awareness about catching cancer early.