Bonus: Etheridge also claims smoking pot with her children brings them “closer.”
The 56-year-old hitmaker was taken into custody after their tour buses were stopped by US Customs and Border Patrol in North Dakota on August 17 according to a Saturday report from TMZ.
According to documents obtained by the gossip site, a K-9 unit detected possible drugs and agents on the scene had found marijuana oil.
Law enforcement said that Melissa had claimed that she utilizes the substance to help manage her pain from cancer. And though that is legal in states like California, it is not okay under the law in North Dakota.
She was ultimately booked for possession of a controlled substance and ultimately pleaded not guilty. Etheridge did not seem too bothered about the arrest as she could be seen smiling from ear-to-ear in her mugshot.
The I’m The Only One hitmaker has been open about her marijuana use as back in August she revealed she has even smoked the drug with her two oldest children, and uses it almost every night with her wife of three years Linda Wallem.
‘Cannabis is the best marital aid, you get a nice indica,’ Etheridge said while speaking with Yahoo as part of their ‘Weed & the American Family’ series. ‘When it’s date night, it takes down your inhibition. Your sexual desires are enhanced.’
She went on to say: ‘We take a bath every night and smoke and talk and wind down and sleep a very, very good night sleep. And sleep is extremely important.’
That being said, she admitted to smoking with her daughter Bailey, 20, and son Beckett, 18, in the interview.
‘I have smoked with my older two,’ revealed Etheridge. ‘I have to admit, it was funny at first and then they realized it’s a very natural end of the day … and it brings you closer.’
Etheridge then said: ‘I’d much rather have a smoke with my grown kids then a drink. Oh god, no.’
Her oldest children were born during her relationship with Julie Cypher, who she split with in 2000 when Cypher began to reconsider her sexuality.
The singer also has two younger children, daughter Johnnie Rose and son Miller Steven, from her relationship with actress Tammy Lynn Michaels. The two are both 10 and twins. Etheridge and Michaels had a commitment ceremony in 2003 but split in 2010.
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