Just in time to be considered a belated birthday gift, LeGarrette Blount, who turned 28 last week, dodged a potential 30 day sentence in a Pittsburgh court Wednesday.
In August, Blount and teammate at the time, Le’Veon Bell, were pulled over while en route to the airport. During the traffic stop, officers found just over one-half-ounce of cannabis, and both players were arrested for marijuana possession.
Blount went before the judge yesterday, and was sentenced to 50 hours of community service. All hours must be completed by February 4, 2015, and if he abides, his misdemeanor marijuana charge will be wiped from his record. Certain forms of medical marijuana have been legalized in Pennsylvania, but recreational marijuana use is still very illegal. The amount of marijuana Blount was found with could have resulted in a misdemeanor charge with 30 days in jail and up to a $500 fine.
Now the NFL will decide if Blount will receive any disciplinary action from the league. The NFL marijuana policy strings were loosened just a little in the revised edition of the Policy and Program on Substances for Abuse, but Blount still may be fined or suspended for a game. According to league policy, he may now, also, be drug tested up to 10 times per month, without warning.
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