Rapper Young Thug is off the hook for cannabis-related drug charges. The judge threw out the case on a technicality brought to light by the musician’s lawyers.
All Charges Dropped
Young Thug’s court case yesterday was the final episode in a prolonged drama that first started in July 2015.
That summer, police officers searched the rapper’s home in Sandy Springs, Ga. They found weapons, cocaine, and cannabis.
After making these discoveries, officials charged Young Thug with felony cocaine possession and three counts of felony gun possession. On top of all that, they also hit him with a marijuana possession charge.
But from the sounds of things, Thugger rounded up a good team of lawyers.
According to TMZ, they got the D.A. handling the case to drop all the charges except the marijuana possession.
It wasn’t until now that Thugger’s final charge was dropped. His lawyers made the case that the original 2015 search carried out by cops was made improperly.
They claimed that officials made the search before obtaining the proper warrant. As a result, they argued, the marijuana possession charge should also be dropped.
The lawyers apparently had a strong case, because the judge ultimately agreed with them. All charges against the rapper were subsequently dropped.
Young Thug And Weed
Young Thug, whose real name is Jeffery Williams, has been taking the hip-hop world by storm in recent years. In 2015, he released his first mix tape, “Barter 6,” which found immediate success.
From there, he went on a creative rampage throughout 2016. Last year, he released three more mix tapes: “I’m Up,” “Slime Season 3,” and “Jeffery.”
And throughout it all, he’s been no stranger to the world of weed and weed culture. In 2014, just as he was bursting onto the music scene, Rolling Stone dubbed him a “perma-stoned oddball” musician.
As we now know, his love of the sticky icky got him into a sticky legal situation during the summer of 2015. But now that he’s been cleared of all charges, he can get back to focusing on whatever musical project he’s got cooking next.
Rappers Who Love Weed
Young Thug’s headline-making weed activities make him the latest entry on a long list of celebrity cannabis consumers — a list that includes some other rappers.
Along with Thugger, fellow hip-hop artists Snoop Dogg, Wiz Khalifa, Freddie Gibbs, and The Game have all been especially open about their love of the green.
In fact, they’ve all found ways to capitalize on the growing cannabis industry. Snoop has propelled himself to the pinnacle of cannabis culture, making deals with weed companies in Canada and developing his own strain called “Tangerine Man.”
Similarly, Wiz Khalifa and Freddie Gibbs have also created their own signature strains. Khalifa’s is called Khalifa Kush, and Gibbs named his strain Freddie Kane OG. Khalifa also made a line of cannabis-infused beer.
And if all that wasn’t enough, hip-hop artists have also become key players on the political front as well. Killer Mike has long been an outspoken advocate of legalizing weed.
In 2015, he teamed up with Bernie Sanders to make a series of short political films. In one of them, Killer Mike cited stats related to the war on drugs.
He said that people of color are disproportionately arrested for drug crimes, and that anti-cannabis laws have played a huge role in the rapid expansion of the U.S.’s prison system. At the conclusion of the video, he and Sanders said it’s time to legalize cannabis.
Although Young Thug’s weed activity so far hasn’t included making his own strains or opening any cannabis businesses, his public love of the green place him firmly in the company of other weed-loving rappers and celebrities.