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No Pot Charges

for Phelps

2/16/2009 5:15 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF

Michael PhelpsThe ridiculously stupid Michael Phelps pot investigation is finally over.

Richland County Sheriff Leon Lott said today he was not going to charge Michael Phelps over that photo of him smoking a bong.

The photo was taken at a party in November when Phelps visited the University of South Carolina. Sheriff Lot defended his investigation by saying, "Michael Phelps is truly an American hero ... but even with his star status, he is still obligated to obey the laws of our state."

Eight other people were arrested in connection with the photo -- seven for possession and one for dealing.

UPDATE -- On his Facebook page, Michael Phelps released this statement: "I'm glad this matter is put to rest. But there are also some important lessons that I've learned. For me, it's all about recognizing that I used bad judgment and it's a mistake I won't make again. For young people especially -- be careful about the decisions you make. One bad decision can really hurt you and the people you care about. I really appreciate the support my family and fans have shown me and now I will move forward and dive back into the pool, having put this whole thing behind me."

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Marijuana is not harmless. It is a plant , but it is a drug. . Only the ignorant uneducated will scoff at this...... It is a psychotropic, & it has caused deaths..You advocate for marijuana..............for what reason.................? obvious. it physiologically affects you, in a way that fills your need. It has psychotropic affects. It alters your mood. If it did nothing, you wouldn't use it. Kid yourself that it is harmless..............that suits your need. Your arguments for it suit your need. You are addicts.....to a substance., no matter how you present it. alcoholic, drugaholic.........that is you. Pharmacologically, drugs, evolve from plants. For the ignorant, uneducated or needy, this is a fact. I work in Emergency..... I see you every shift that I work.

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Jay you are FOS. I work in emergency............ I see everyday people on an everyday basis in an everyday community. Drugs. I see it's effect........................including marijuana. Big time big numbers. Plants are not just plants, harmless. Not all plants are healthy. Many are toxic. Look up foxglove. poppy { which no doubt, you would love} I have seen a child die from marijuana ingestion, & an adult comatose, needing intubation to save his life..as a result of using marijuana. Spare me your needy indoctrinating crap. FOS to suit your own needs.

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Tana, are you eleven yrs old or thereabouts.............. Michael may have been offered a Bong.............but he had a choice. He chose to buy the bong. he chose to smoke. If a gun is given to someone, that someone can choose to shoot.or not. Parents can be the best role models...............but external influences are always thre to prey on children once they become of school age, & leave the shelter of a home environment. As an example.what happened to you..............mrs. know it all who knows nothing.

2051 days ago


What's funny are people just like TANA, Chris and other POT HEADS... boasting about POT!!

Tana said herself just above in her comment... That this was a SMEAR campaign against Michael, that a "friend" was jealous of his career? That this was done to "Ruin his name and career"!! All the while bragging about what a terrific drug that weed is, and so on. Apparently your own conscience realizes the guilt involved in doing this addictive act to your own body?? There is a STIGMA attached to drug abusers- and it's there for a reason! No matter how you slice it, dice it, make it the "cool" thing, or "hip" thing to do in YOUR OWN life.. it simply isn't cool. It's completely DUMB. No excuse you make for doing it, will ever make it the "right" thing to do!! In the end, ...you're still simply inhaling un-neccessary smoke INTO YOUR BODY!! I don't judge the person,.. but I DO judge the habit ---the ADDICTION! I can't respect the choice that's being made anymore than you own body can respect what you're doing to it.

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