Melissa Etheridge arrested in N.D.


The Burke County Sheriff’s Office logged a high-profile arrest.

Singer, songwriter Melissa Etheridge was charged with possession of a controlled substance when her tour bus was attempting to enter the United States from Canada at the Port of Entry. 

Burke County says they were conducting K9 searches at the Port of Entry when they were alerted to evidence of controlled substances. 

According to Burke County a search of her tour bus found several items and forms of marijuana. These included cigar-type cigarettes, a vial containing a liquid, and green plastic containers with a green wax-like substance. 

Etheridge told authorities the cigar-type cigarettes were marijuana and dipped in hash oil, the vial was hash oil to smoke in an electronic cigarette, and that the wax-like substance was a marijuana infused balm for topical relief.

Etheridge told authorities that all the items were hers and that she uses them for cancer treatment. 

She also said she received those items as part of her medical marijuana recommendation in California, where she resides. 

Authorities charged her with possession of hash oil, illegal under North Dakota law. 

Etheridge was performing a show in Alberta Canada and they were on the way to another show in Minneapolis when their tour bus was searched. 

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