Snoop Dogg Avoids Jail Time
April 12, 2007 at 5:45 AM (PT)
SNOOP DOGG will avoid jail time after pleading no contest WEDNESDAY (4/11) to two felony charges, but he might be legally allowed to continue smoking marijuana reports THE LOS ANGELES TIMES.
The entertainer, whose real name is CALVIN BROADUS, entered the plea to a charge of gun possession by a convicted felon and a marijuana-related drug charge, prosecutors said. As part of the agreement, he received a three-year suspended sentence and five years' probation and will have to perform 800 hours of community service, according to the LOS ANGELES COUNTY district attorney's office. He is prohibited from hiring anyone as a security guard or driver who has a criminal record or is affiliated with a gang.
Defense attorney DONALD ETRA said his client had medical certification to use pot to control migraine headaches. An initiative, known as the Compassionate Use Act and approved by voters in 1996, allows limited use of marijuana for medicinal purposes. Even with the plea agreement, Dogg could continue to use pot for his medical condition if he meets all the state qualifications.
"He will adhere to the parameters of what the law allows," ETRA said.
SNOOP DOGG still faces charges from an incident at JOHN WAYNE Airport in SEPTEMBER, when a collapsible police baton was found in his computer bag. A hearing will be held May 15, ETRA said.