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Udonis Haslem arrested for marijuana possession

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Miami Heat forward Udonis Haslem was arrested Sunday afternoon for possession of marijuana after being pulled over for a traffic stop.

Officers say they found 20 grams of pot in the vehicle Haslem was driving and the former Florida Gator was charged with a third-degree felony that carries a maximum penalty of five years in prison and a $5,000 fine. He's also charged with speeding and having illegal window tinting.

Haslem has spent all seven of his years in the NBA with the Heat and recently signed a five-year deal to stay in town.

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It blows my mind how states such as Massachusetts have laws that are essentially decriminalizing marijuana possession, and in Florida, the amount Udonis possessed is classified a FELONY. This is RIDICULOUS. 20 grams does not even equal 1 ounce! In Massachusetts and other states across the continental 48, this would be treated as a citation, not even a misdemeanor. Why can't all the states get on board with similar laws and have one set of standards across the country?!

Why bother having different States if the law is going to be the same in each? States are allowed to set their own laws, even ones as moronically stupid as prohibiting cannabis while allowing the highly addictive poison of ethanol to be legal and freely consumed. Florida is in second place among the States for the stupidity of its cannabis laws. Arizona treats all possession as a felony taking the prize as the most moronic State in the Union.

It's simply stupid that this man could have had a gallon of booze in his car (unopened) and the officer would simply say 'have a good day' but that he gets arrested for the much safer choice of cannabis.

It is long past time to do away with the idiocy of cannabis prohibition. Just say NOW!

Regardless of the stupidity of what he did (speeding with drugs in the car) I agree for him or anyone to possibly face 5 years for mere possession is a joke. We have child molesters who serve less time. Its not getting hard on crime its a waste of jail resources. Sure he will get a plea down to a lesser offense maybe no more than a misdemeanor but how many others wont

This is an outrage, I can understand if he had harmed or endangered someone’s life but arrested and possibly 5 years in prison for simply 20 grams of pot…
This law is prejudice against minority, now ask yourself this question: are you for locking up someone 5 years for this? Now let’s get out there and vote this November.
Peace and love for all…

Upstate NY, I'd like to let you know that I agree that certain states' positions on marijuana is nothing more than excessive. However, it is the law in Florida that 20 grams or less is a misdemeanor offense. It is only considered a felony if the amount exceeds 3/4 of an ounce.
20 g or less misdemeanor 1 year $1,000
More than 20 g felony 5 years $5,000


this sucks. Haslem now has to contend with this bs for possessing something that's never killed anyone in the 4,000 years of recorded use. My prayers are with him. this should be a non-issue. If Mike Phelps can win record gold medals as a user, millions can be successful in their careers as users, why is it illegal? America needs to wake up and realize William Randolph Hurst was a corrupt businessman and Reefer Madness is *not* a documentary.

What's really sad is that here in Indianapolis, an on-duty cop was drunk and killed an innocent motorcyclist and now the DUI charges are dropped. Our country sucks sometimes.....

so the FL government uses over $500 in manpower and resources to process this "criminal" for less than $100 worth of marijuana? Meanwhile, in the time this story was reported until now, hundreds have been killed by alcohol and cigarettes. our country is still living in the dark ages.....

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