Melissa Etheridge considers herself a “rock star now” after her recent pot arrest at the Canadian border, adding herself to the ranks of outlaws like Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg.
The singer-songwriter recently spoke to Variety about getting pulled over by Customs and Border Protection agents on the night of Aug. 17 in Portal, North Dakota.
“I had some cannabis oil, actually a vape pen, in my toiletry case and they found it. They didn’t get much, it was a small amount,” Etheridge told Variety.
Word of Etheridge’s arrest spread after TMZ.com released her mugshot photo from the arrest.
Etheridge has used marijuana as a form of medical treatment since being diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004. She has since founded her own line of cannabis-infused products that includes wine, edibles, and lotions.
She says the arrest will cost lawyer fees and a fine, but hopes the predicament will raise awareness towards the issue of medical use.
“I’m mad at myself,” Etheridge added. “I was careless. It’s an international border, I should’ve known better. But I hope this can move the issue forward, shed some light on how…