Virginia Governor spotted with Willie Nelson and his marijuana

Willie Nelson
FILE - In this Sept. 19, 2015 file photo, Willie Nelson performs at Farm Aid 30 in Chicago. Nelson has rescheduled two shows and canceled another due to an unspecified health issue. Nelson and Merle Haggard were scheduled to perform on Thursday, Oct. 15, and Friday, but the South Carolina and Virginia dates were rescheduled and a show in Reading, Pennsylvania on Saturday was canceled. (Photo by Rob Grabowski/Invision/AP, File)

BRISTOW, Va. (AP) – Posing for pictures is part of every governor’s job. Posing with a can of marijuana – not so much.

But Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe did just that, inadvertently, when he went to greet country music legend Willie Nelson this weekend.

A picture posted on Twitter shows McAuliffe and Nelson, who was performing in Virginia. On the table between them is a can of Willie’s Reserve, Nelson’s brand of marijuana that’s sold in Colorado and Washington. Marijuana possession is illegal in Virginia.

McAuliffe Spokesman Brian Coy said the governor spent about 10 minutes in Nelson’s trailer and didn’t realize what was on the table.

Coy said McAuliffe wouldn’t recognize marijuana or paraphernalia “if it walked up and shook his hand.” Coy said McAuliffe may be cool, “but he’s not that cool.”


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