Wiz Kalifah caught in big break when marijuana related charges were dropped against him in North Carolina.
The rapper and his crew were arrested last November after a concert at East Carolina University, when their tour bus was raided.
Kalifah, real name Cameron Thomaz, was charged with with trafficking marijuana, maintaining a place for sale of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia.
The District Attorney later determined that a clerical error had been made, and the amount of weed seized on the bus did not exceed the 10-pound threshold for a trafficking charge.
“The magistrate or someone at that office must have misread the statute. We discovered the error maybe two hours after Thomaz paid the bondsman’s premium and left. Because of that, it was a high price he paid for bringing the drug onto the campus. Had he remained to discover the error, he would not have been bonded so high, probably $1,000,” D.A. Clark Everett told Reflector.com.
Mark Owens III, the attorney representing Kalifah said the university never should have booked his client knowing his love for weed in advance.
“Kahlifa’s preferences and musical expression existed before his appearance in Greenville. Marijuana is a large part of his persona,” Owens said. “I find it ironic that East Carolina knowingly asked him to come and then chose to take their actions, justified or not under the law,” Owens said. “If you have a problem with cholesterol and high blood pressure, you don’t ask (a barbecue restaurant) to cater your lunch. That’s just a country boy’s observation.”