The rockstar lifestyle means living on the edge, so it's no surprise that a lot of famous musicians have been busted for marijuana. Here are some of the most memorable marijuana mugshots from music history. Hopefully these pics will truly become relics of the past when America ends marijuana prohibition.
1. Mick Jagger - 1967
Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of The Rolling Stones found themselves caught in a "crossfire hurricane" February 12, 1967, when a drug raid spoiled the party at Richards' home in England. Both Stones pleaded not guilty, but Jagger was convicted for possession of four amphetamine pills and sentenced to three months in jail, and Richards was sentenced to a year in prison for allowing people to smoke cannabis in his home. Both convictions were thrown out after appeal, and Richards later said his two days in jail was a PR coup because it "turned [him] into some folk hero overnight."
2. Steven Tyler - 1967
The Aerosmith frontman was livin' on the edge long before he became a rockstar in the 70s. Just before his 19th birthday in March of 1967, Tyler (who went by his given name Steven Tallarico) was caught with marijuana in his hometown of Yonkers, New York. So what happened? We're not sure because Tyler says he doesn't remember the incident, but he did recall that there was an undercover cop in his high-school ceramics class.
3. Jimi Hendrix - 1969
Right after his plane kissed the sky on a flight from Detroit to Toronto on May 3, 1969, Jimi Hendrix was arrested by customs agents at Pearson (then Toronto International Airport) for possessing hash and heroin. In December of that year, his attorneys successfully argued that the contraband was a gift from a fan, and Hendrix didn't know he was carrying illegal drugs. After his acquittal, Hendrix told reporters, "Canada has given me the best Christmas present I ever had."
4. Willie Nelson - 1974, 2011
The country legend has been busted for marijuana repeatedly since his first arrest in 1974. But the most famous incident came in March 2011, when a Texas prosecutor (jokingly) offered Nelson a special plea deal: for $100 and a courtroom performance of "Blue Eyes Crying in the Rain", Nelson would be set free. Willie wound up paying a $500 fine for possessing drug paraphernalia and was released without further charges.
5. David Bowie - 1976
When David Bowie was busted for marijuana possession on March 21, 1976, the "Fashion" singer did not disappoint. His dapper mugshot has been called "legendary," "ridiculously cool," "the smoothest." The glam rocker was equally classy during the trial. Not only did he post bond for Iggy Pop and the others who were arrested when law enforcers found half a pound of marijuana Bowie's hotel room in Rochester, New York - he also complimented the police after being acquitted.
BONUS: Paul McCartney - 1980
Okay, this one isn't a mugshot. But the picture of McCartney being arrested for marijuana in Japan is almost as legendary as Bowie's mugshot. Then the frontman of Wings, the "Jet" singer arrived in Tokyo in January 1980 to begin the band's Japanese tour. But those plans went up in smoke when customs found half pound of marijuana in his baggage. That was enough to get him charged with smuggling even though he assured authorities that he brought the pot for personal use.
But he later said he had good reason to flout Japan's drug laws. "We were about to fly to Japan and I knew I wouldn't be able to get anything to smoke over there," McCartney explained in 2004. "This stuff was too good to flush down the toilet, so I thought I'd take it with me."
The gigs were canceled when the former Beatle was acquitted and deported.