Melissa Etheridge busted for possession of marijuana at US-Canada border

Carla Harmon
October 17, 2017

TMZ reported that Etheridge told police she uses the drug to manage pain from cancer. Although the musician has a medical marijuana authorization from her home state of California, North Dakota does not allow reciprocity for out-of-state medical marijuana patients.

Melissa Etheridge, singer, songwriter, Grammy-winner, and cannabis advocate has blessed the world with what may be the greatest mug shot of all time, after a cannabis possession arrest at the US-Canada border.


However, that didn't cut it with authorities who booked her for possession. The singer told interviewers that marijuana is the "best marital aid", saying her and her wife use it nearly every night.

Us Weekly has reached out to Etheridge's rep and CBP for comment. Despite the run-in, she appeared to be in good spirits and smiled in her mugshot. She spoke to Yahoo a few months back about the drug for their series "Weed & the American Family". She has four children, a pair of 10-year-old twins as well as an 18-year-old son and a 20-year-old daughter. "It's too hard otherwise, '" she said. "It brings you much closer".


The "Come to My Window" singer first opened up about her marijuana use earlier this year.

"I asked many of my friends [who had gone through chemo], 'What's the experience?"


Since then, Etheridge has continued to speak openly about her essential relationship with cannabis and the importance of changing societal perspectives about the plant. "Who is to say [.] am I just wanting to get high at the end of the day or is this my medicine? I would never want to harm any of them".

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