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In the News: Wiz Khalifa Arrested for Possession of Pot

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On May 25th, rapper Wiz Khalifa was arrested in a West Texas airport for possession of marijuana.

El Paso police issued a statement that said, because Khalifa was traveling without identification, a search was ordered and Transportation Security Administration agents found a canister with marijuana. Police were then alerted, who then made the arrest of Khalifa.

He was charged with misdemeanor possession of marijuana and posted a photo on Twitter of what appeared to be the inside of a holding cell. Khalifa was later released after posting $300 bail.

The rapper was in Texas because he had headlined at an El Paso music festival Saturday.

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Earlier this month, we did a blog entitled, “Is Wiz Khalifa an Addict in Denial” after seeing an article he did for Buzzfeed.com in which he gave 12 ‘good’ reasons for smoking pot (the article was actually called 12 Ways Smoking Weed Can Improve Your Life, According to Wiz Khalifa).

Many people think it’s a stretch to say that someone can be addicted to marijuana. What we pointed out, though, is that being an addict really has nothing to do with the substance of abuse (whether it’s heroin, alcohol, cocaine, or pot) and more to do with the reasons for using and abusing a substance. A lot of people who in the past have or continue to struggle with substance abuse and/or addiction issues, say they use drugs as a way to escape emotional pain, numb out, or simply-put: to avoid how they feel in their own skin when they’re sober.

When it comes to Khalifa, it’s obvious that the guy likes his weed. However, we can’t help but see the irony between his reasoning behind smoking pot and his recent arrest in Texas for marijuana possession.

For example, number three on the list says, “Getting high can help you make decisions with your gut.” I wonder if deciding to travel by air without any identification was a “gut decision” on Khalifa’s part. After all, it was what led to Khalifa being singled out and searched, which led to the discovery of the canister of marijuana. Or maybe, he was just too high to realize he forgot his ID.

Number 7 on the list says that weed can “connect you with people you’ve never met.” I’m curious as to whether he was referring to the TSA agents and, later, the Texas officials with whom he “connected” while being booked for marijuana possession fall into this category.

And then number 11 says that “Ultimately, weed may help you say yes and set goals.” Again, I wonder if getting arrested is one of Khalifa’s goals in life. If so, he can check that one off his to-do list.

The good news, Khalifa, is that, according to number two on your list, weed will “allow you to cool down and surrender control,” which must have really come in handy when you were being arrested.

If you or someone you love is struggling with substance abuse or addicted to substance abuse or addiction, please call toll-free 1-800-951-6135.

 

 

 

 

 

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