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Durham Checkpoint Leads To Drug Charges For UNC Basketball Player

A small amount of marijuana meant drug possession charges for University of North Carolina basketball standout P.J. Hairston. The Tar Heel junior was arrested at a checkpoint in Durham and cited for drug possession and for driving without a license.

Hairston was driving a rental car when he was stopped. According to police reports, there were two other men in the car at the time. A search of the vehicle turned up a 9-millimeter handgun, but none of the three men claimed to be the owner. All three were charged with drug possession.

Coach Williams has stated that he is waiting until all the facts come out before deciding what punishment, if any, is warranted for Hairston. Like the criminal defense lawyers at Roberts Law Group, he appears to also believe that a person is innocent until proven guilty.

North Carolina has not joined other states in legalizing medical marijuana nor decriminalizing the possession of small amounts of it. You can also be criminally charged with impaired driving if you are under the influence of marijuana while behind the wheel, or "drugged driving."

Currently, a bill is pending before the North Carolina legislature that would eliminate criminal penalties for the possession of marijuana in quantities less than one ounce. The proposed law would also allow those who are charged and convicted with drug possession of marijuana to request an expungement of the crime after two years of maintaining an otherwise clean criminal record.

Currently, possession of a 1.5 ounces or less of weed is a misdemeanor drug crime in North Carolina.

Source: Yahoo Sports, "North Carolina's P.J. Hairston arrested on charges of marijuana possession," June 6, 2013

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