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Chris Brown Tests Positive For Marijuana… But He Has an Excuse

The jury is still out, so to speak, on whether Fortune singer Chris Brown’s real-life fortune is good or bad. The embattled hip-hop star has landed himself in the middle of legal controversy.

According to, Chris entered a courtroom (with his mother in tow) for the first time in a year on Monday, September 24. A judge had ordered a probation review following a positive drug test, a “cryptic” public service log, and reports of unsanctioned travel.

Chris, 23, is in the middle of a five-year supervised probation after he pled guilty to felony assault in the wake of his physical altercation with then-girlfriend Rihanna in 2009.

For her part, Rihanna tweeted well-wishes to her ex, saying, “@chrisbrown I’m praying for you and wishing you the best today!

The drug test, the result of a recent random screening, tested positive for marijuana. But Chris presented a prescription for medicinal marijuana (huh?), so that result may not have any bearing on his probation.

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But the judge told Chris that, while he might not be liable legally, he still has to keep his image and status as a role model in mind. “You are not an average person who can sit in their living room and do what you want to do,” Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg said. “You are not only in the public eye, but you are on probation.”

As for the public service, a Richmond, VA, police chief sent the court a log of Chris’s work showing 1,402 hours spent doing tasks like car-washing, picking up trash, and tending to stables. Chris contended that he didn’t have to sign in for the community service, and his lawyer welcomed any investigation into Chris’s work.

The judge said she’d be reviewing reports from Richmond of unapproved travel to Paris. Chris is ordered back in court on November 1.

For the record, both Schnegg and Chris’s probation officials had “praised” his compliance up until now.

Still no word, however, on if questionable neck tattoos are a criminal offense.


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09.25.2012 / 09:49 PM EDT by Dan Clarendon
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