Riders Duron Carter receives absolute discharge on first of two pot charges

Saskatchewan Roughriders receiver Duron Carter has received an absolute discharge after pleading guilty to possession of marijuana stemming from an incident at the Winnipeg airport last November according to the Regina Leader-Post.

An absolute discharge is the most lenient sentence available and while there is a finding of guilt, no conviction is registered. The finding will remain on Carter’s record for a year before being automatically removed.

Carter was charged with possessing more than 30 grams of marijuana in what was later reported to be pot cookies. He faced up to a year in jail and $1,000 fine if convicted, though both the CFL and team have said they do not expect Carter to face supplementary discipline.

The Canadian government announced this week that Canadians will be able to legally purchase and consume recreational marijuana as of Oct. 17, a situation commissioner Randy Ambrosie has said the league is monitoring closely.

Carter is still facing a marijuana possession charge after his arrest on Feb. 1 at the Saskatoon airport and his next court date is slated for June 27.

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