Grammy Award-winner Melissa Etheridge and rock musician Todd Rundgren were both stopped at the border on separate occasions while returning to the U.S. from engagements in Canada.
Rundgren was headed for his appearance at the Bluestem amphitheater in Moorhead, Minn. Both musicians were accused of possessing hash oil, and Rundgren was also accused of possessing drug paraphernalia. Both offenses are Class B misdemeanors.
The affidavit for Etheridge’s arrest states the musician was on her way on Aug. 8 from Alberta to Minneapolis as part of an ongoing tour when a drug-sniffing dog alerted border officers to the possibility of drugs on the bus. A subsequent search allegedly discovered “cigar-type cigarettes, a (vial) containing a liquid, and green plastic containers with a green wax-like substance.”
Etheridge stated to officers that the items belonged to her. The cigarettes and vial both contained hash oil and the wax was a “marijuana-infused balm for topical relief.”
Etheridge told officers that she uses the items as treatment for cancer. She was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2004 and has previously discussed her use of medical marijuana. She has been an advocate of the substance since then and was more recently a partner in a venture to make cannabis-infused wine. After her arrest, Etheridge signed a promise to appear on Oct. 10, though her hearing was ultimately waived. She has a pretrial conference scheduled for Nov. 14.
Rundgren’s affidavit states he was arrested on Sept. 9 after officers called in a canine search on baggage in the musician’s luggage compartment. The rock singer stated to police that he was on his way to Fargo-Moorhead. Though the dogs found nothing in the bags, officers searched the interior of the bus and brought in a female associate of Rundgren’s for questioning. The associate was asked to remove all