Possession charge against Wiz Khalifa in Forsyth Co. dismissed

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Rapper Wiz Khalifa

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Rapper Wiz Khalifa had a charge of possessing marijuana dismissed after appearing in a video for Winston-Salem students, encouraging them to stay in school.

The Winston-Salem Journal reported that the charge was dismissed after Khalifa agreed to appear in a video that will be shown to students at Carter G. Woodson School.

The top-selling rapper was cited May 1, 2012, for possessing marijuana after performing before about 2,000 people at the Joel Coliseum.

Cameron Jibril Thomaz — the rapper’s real name — had been cited in other parts of the country for possessing marijuana, but was a first-time offender in Forsyth County.

Assistant District Attorney Mike Silver said Tuesday that he was treated no differently than other first-time drug offenders.

Typically, first-time offenders are allowed to perform some kind of community service and to stay out of trouble. If they do that, prosecutors will agree to voluntarily dismiss charges.

In the short video, Khalifa talks about the importance of staying in school and accepting responsibility for their actions, said Chris Beechler, Khalifa’s attorney.

Read full story: The Winston-Salem Journal