Green Bay Packer Avoids Time Behind Bars for Marijuana Possession

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The next class of National Football League Rookies aren’t the only players feeling relieved this week, as one Green Bay Packer just got his weed charge audibled to a slap on the wrist.

geronimo-allison-weedWide Receiver Geronimo Allison settled on a deal with prosecutors Wednesday to reduce his misdemeanor possession charge to an “ordinance violation,” what amounts to a ticket.

The Florida-native will have to fork over $330.50 to satisfy the marijuana violation and complete community service, according to WLUK.

Allison was arrested last September in Manitowoc County, Wisconsin after an officer found two marijuana-filled blunts in his vehicle during a traffic stop.

The Officer initially pulled Allison over for speeding, but claimed he smelled marijuana when he approached the car. The subsequent search of the up-and-coming receiver’s Dodge rental vehicle turned up two rather conservatively-packed Backwoods — but we’re not putting that on Allison, as the contents definitely could have fallen out during the search.

According to NORML, getting caught with any amount of cannabis in Wisconsin can score you up to one year behind bars and a $1,000 fine on your first offense, so Allison lucked out here.

The undrafted Geronimo was on the practice squad at the time of his arrest, but didn’t let the setback affect him. Allison went on to have a solid season for the Packers, including a team-high 91 receiving yards and a touchdown in the Packer’s division-clinching game against the division rival Detroit Lions.

The NFL has not announced whether or not they would be handing down discipline in the matter, as they were most likely waiting for Wednesday’s ruling to make a decision. The fact that there are no longer any criminal charges attached to the incident should bode well for the receiver, who recently re-signed with the Packers for this upcoming season and should figure into their offense prominently.

Marijuana.com reached out to representatives of both the Green Bay Packers and the NFL to see if changing marijuana laws, and the resulting reduction in legal consequences for players, would possibly set off a similar scale-back of marijuana discipline at the league-level; neither organization responded to our request for additional information.

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