Chris Brown tested positive for marijuana while on probation, judge lets it slide

Last week we heard that Chris Brown may have neglected some of his community service requirements while on probation for his 2009 assault on Rihanna. This was actually a turnaround for his progress in that domestic violence case, as he’d previously earned praise from the judge. (It’s not like he has been trying to get out of doing any work like Lindsay Lohan, but maybe he’s been slacking lately.) Now Brown has suffered another setback – he failed a drug test while on probation. The judge in the case, in Virginia where he’s from, has decided not to make an issue of it because she never told Chris he couldn’t do drugs while on probation. Isn’t that implied by the fact that he had to take random drug tests? What the hell? Chris appeared in court yesterday for his first probation progress hearing in a year. Here’s the story, thanks to Fox News:

A judge has ordered a further review of Chris Brown’s community service and travel to determine whether the R&B singer has violated the terms of his probation for the 2009 beating of then-girlfriend Rihanna.

Brown appeared in court Monday for the first time in more than a year, and Superior Court Judge Patricia Schnegg tried to sort through Brown’s probation record and the impact of a positive marijuana result during a random drug screening. Schnegg said community service logs from Brown’s home state of Virginia were “somewhat cryptic” and additional review was needed to determine whether he had complied with his probation.

A spreadsheet sent by the Richmond, Va., police chief indicated Brown had completed 1,402 hours of community service, ranging from trash pickup, washing cars, painting and tending to stables.

She said Brown produced a medicinal marijuana prescription from California and that she had never ordered him not to use drugs, so the positive drug test may not have a major impact on his probation.

She warned Brown that while his marijuana use may be legal, he needed to be mindful of his public image and his sway with young fans.

“You are not an average person who can sit in their living room and do what you want to do,” Schnegg said, noting that Brown’s mother was sitting in the courtroom. “You are not only in the public eye, but you are on probation.”

Brown was sentenced to five years of supervised probation after pleading guilty to felony assault for his February 2009 attack on Rihanna. Before Monday, he had received positive reports from probation officials and praise from Schnegg. The judge ordered Brown to return to court Nov. 1 for another update.

Virginia officials also reported that Brown may have traveled to Paris without permission, but Schnegg said she has approved most of the singer’s travel and would have to review that claim further.

[From FoxNews]

It’s a good thing for Chris that it’s not a probation violation to get a tattoo of your victim.

TMZ has more on the case, including the detail that Chris’ case been officially been moved to California. In the video on TMZ taken during the hearing (which is also below), the judge discusses Chris’ failed drug test, and adds the detail that California does not do random drug tests on probationers. So that may have influenced her decision not to make an issue of it. Chris will also have to meet with his probation officer to make sure he completes another 121 hours of community service, which Chris’ lawyer claims is inaccurate.

I think Brown is an entitled, abusive a-hole, and I personally can’t stand the guy. It’s hard for me to comment on this story, since I think marijuana should be legal, and that provisions should be made for medical marijuana used in states where it is legal for medical purposes. If Chris has a prescription for it in California, and he primarily lives in that state, that’s a valid excuse in my opinion. I hate to defend him, though, and this brings up the question of whether anyone else would get a pass for failing a damn drug test while on probation. Maybe from this judge they would. I’m just hoping she’s not making exceptions for her famous probationer. Do these celebrities reveal the gaping cracks in the system, or are the cracks made just for them?

Prior to this hearing, Rihanna tweeted ChrisPraying for you baby, my best wishes are with you today! Remember that whatever God does in our lives, it is WELL DONE!!! #1Love.” He tweeted backthank u so much.” We just heard yesterday that Chris and his on-off girlfriend, Karrueche Tran, may have called it quits. She was dropping hints on Twitter about it. I hope this doesn’t mean that Chris and Rihanna will get back together. We’ve heard enough rumors about them hooking up lately, but maybe they’ll sour on each other once they’re both single, and hopefully it will be uneventful, to put it lightly.

Here’s video from Chris’ hearing, thanks to TMZ. The Daily Mail has another video.

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  1. Eve says:

    “Praying for you baby, my best wishes are with you today! Remember that whatever God does in our lives, it is WELL DONE!!! #1Love.”

    You mean, like Brown beating you to a pulp, not showing any remorse whatsoever and even partying (hard) afterwards?

  2. RocketMerry says:

    Of course. Let’s just let it slide.
    And let’s not investingate how he scored the medical drug. By all means.

  3. Amelia says:

    Why the hell would he need medical marijuana? I know it’s painful for us to acknowledge the existence of a complete d-bag but I didn’t know it was painful for the d-bag in question.

    • Brown says:

      I was wondering the same thing. I am on team “legalize it” as well, but as for now, it’s not legalized other than for medicinal purposes in CA, and what medical issues could he have that require a script for medical marijuana?

      He is a celeb, so he gets what he wants. Abusing the system in every possible way.

      • the original bellaluna says:

        There are unscrupulous medical marijuana prescribers, just like there unscrupulous regular doctors (and pharmacists) who cater to stars (see: RX shopping for pain meds & sedatives; Michael Jackson; Britney Murphy; etc…) and make it harder for those of us peons and law-abiding citizens who have legitimate chronic pain issues.

        Yes, MMJ RX’s are easier to get in CA than they should be. That’s why you hear so much squawking about keeping it illegal, etc…

        Well, that and the fact that Big Pharma is developing a synthetic MMJ, and they donate WAY MORE MONEY to political campaigns than MMJ co-ops. THAT all boils down to the almighty buck!

    • Eve says:

      @ Amelia:

      Why the hell would he need medical marijuana?

      What? For his knuckles, girl! Maybe he developed a Repetitive Stress Disorder after punching Rihanna multiple times, you know…

      • TheOriginalKitten says:

        Weed is probably the only thing that’s keeping him from beating the crap out of Rihanna again. He’s the type of dude who should smoke a LOT of weed, all the time.

      • Ennie says:

        ????? Should smoke ? Why not instead of smoking, he better learn to handle his out of control emotions and anger feelings? It works, you know, talking and actually doing your homework on anger management instead of relying on a chemical to numb you. What will he do when he does not have marihuana available? Blame it on the lack of smoking?
        She is sad, because she is repeating a pattern.

  4. Lauren says:

    Can anyone just get a prescription for medical marijuana in CA for now reason at all? I’m disgusted by the thought of him and Rihanna back together but it seems like a done deal now. That tweet she sent him makes my stomach turn. I have no more respect for her.

  5. Ella says:

    “Remember that whatever God does in our lives, it is WELL DONE!!!” I wish they wouldn’t drag God into their sordid relationship. There is nothing I hate more than people who do evil things, like beating women, and then pretend the ensuing drama is a trial God is allowing them to go through.

  6. andy says:

    Assholes are always made of Teflon.

  7. Ms. Candy says:

    Now I’m not a big fan but that tattoo is not of Rihanna get Ur facts straight on that part.. That tattoo is a combination of two sketches….
    Actually it was proven it was not her several times…
    Now how many other women has he beaten other than Rihanna, I do mean just that ( Don’t come at me with the he snatched a girl phone)???

    I don’t like what he did to Rihanna at all nor do I condone it but the boy is not going around whooping women’s behind –

    I work and put in hours with DV victims and their abusive men doesn’t stop with one incident cause the men tend do it to every relationship they are in… Which is sad but its true..
    Chris was in another relationship and has not hurt that girl physically-
    Like I said I don’t condone violence but that boy is not Ur typical woman beater

    • Nilber says:

      Hopefully he hasn’t hurt others but if he is anything like my ex, he just is smarter about he hits. Abuse isn’t just physical and he is a disturbed little turd. I hope whatever happens just happens. I am sick of watching their sick little games. Maybe she will finally be that one girl that will “change” her man or maybe she will end up in the hospital or dead. It’s her life.
      Yes, this is callous but I walked away from a situation and I watched a friend who didn’t die from hers. I have no sympathy for the woman who has more resources and support than most run back to this douche over and over.

    • judyjudy says:

      I guess Chris isn’t the only one smoking weed around here…

    • Eve says:

      You’re right, Ms. Candy. Chris Brown has NEVER shown any signs of being an abusive man. He’s a wingless angel.

      • Ms. Candy says:

        Reading is fundamental Eva cause I never said the boy was an angel

      • Eve says:

        Oh, please…do you really think I didn’t understand what you’re saying? Sort of admitting his horrid behaviour but downplaying it at the same time? Give me a giant break.

        I decided to be sarcastic because that’s the only way I can deal with bullsh*t arguments like yours above.

    • the original bellaluna says:

      He’s an angry, violent child in a man’s body. (That’s been proven many times over by his own actions.)

      If he doesn’t learn to control his temper and find a positive outlet for his anger (beat on a bag at the gym; run; SOMETHING!), it’s only a matter of time before we hear about his next victim. Or Ri being his victim AGAIN.

      Like someone above said, abusers tend to get smarter about how & where to hit a woman, as well as how to disguise their behaviour and lie their asses off.

    • Alana Fajina says:

      “I don’t condone what he did or anything, BUT…..” LMAO, girl. Just, no.

    • busy ramone says:

      Ummm…if you’ve put in “hours” with DV victims then you would realize that their abusers don’t get caught EVERY SINGLE TIME they abuse them. The only reason Chris got caught red-handed (no pun intended) is because they were in public and on their way to an awards show.

      I don’t think you’re a real worker with DV victims and if you are, you suck at your job.

  8. Nicole says:

    Who cares?! He could committed the ultimate crime in show business like…. get fat. You can beat your partner, crash your car, take drugs, drink, be asshole but never ever dare you get fat because you will not escape that. But this rule only “works” for women. And he is a man. He can more.

  9. lizzi says:

    I feel gross just looking at him. He doesn’t look like he has the best hygiene either.

    • skuddles says:

      ^ this!

    • Lacie says:

      Yeah the sparse pubic hair beard and greasy face really take a man’s look downhill pretty quickly.

      SHAVE YOUR FACE. You can’t grow a man’s beard, so you must shave your face and not look like your pubes are attacking your cheeks out of spite because you never clean yourself. Ugh.

  10. Cam S says:

    Do these famous people pay off judges? Cause here in TN, they’d throw you in the pokey for that crap! I don’t get how they get away with stuff over and over. No wonder they feel entitled.

    • Tifygodess24 says:

      I’m surprised because in VA ( which I had the horrible pleasure of living for a brief stint ) they treat a traffic ticket like a murder trial. VA is pretty ridiculous with their laws and taxes so I have no idea how she looked the other way. They are big on squeezing a buck from you how ever they can. But I’m sure it’s because of the Cali thing and we know in California celebs are above the law.

  11. mar says:

    Repugnant.. and she’s an idiot.

  12. Riana says:

    Meh I don’t think the tattoo was of Rihanna. Chris has shown multiple times he doesn’t even want to acknowledge what he’s done or take responsibility for his actions. In his mind it doesn’t exist,a man who doesn’t want to admit the truth doesnt get it tattooed on his body in a 100% visible spot.

    I think people just like the idea he did, personally he’s done enough actual bad things without trying to make up something to stick him with.

    As for Rihanna tweeting him…she’s so hungry for him it’s pathetic. I honestly think Chris doesn’t give a crap about her anymore but he realizes he may be able to use her to make himself look better/help his career. The video of her walking over to hug him at the VMA’s seemed to suggest he barely wanted to touch her.

  13. lucy2 says:

    SO if you’re not specifically told to NOT do illegal things, it’s OK if you do them? WTF? I hope the judge told him not to murder anyone!

    I forgot he was on probation – interesting, considering the chair through the talk show window incident, and the big club fight he was involved in a while back. Somehow I feel like if you or I did that while on probation, we would pay for it.

  14. says:

    I’m don’t love Chris Brown nor do I hate him. But I can’t help but wonder why stories like this are hardly ever reported on: People are so quick to say that he hasn’t shown any remorse… but I’m not so sure about that.

    • Grow up y'all says:

      Because the only argument haters who hate year after year after year (it’s been nearly 4 now right? ) is that he shows no remorse, he never learned his lesson blah blah blah.Acknowledging this would kill that argument quick! At this point the dude could become a buddhist monk and give all of his money to charity and you know what..haters are going to hate and hate and hate. The tattoo looks nothing like Rihanna btw. He’s given a detailed description of what the tattoo is and it actually makes sense. But no, let’s just go with it’s Rihanna. What kind of sick depraved mind would even think of that…oh haha right….yours.

    • Ms. Candy says:

      My sentiments exactly…

  15. Rux says:

    Can we not tarnish God’s name and bring him into this mess. They are both entitle, selfish, self absorbed, WEAK individuals with no moral fiber. Yet, they keep getting awards and are allowed to perform and make more money. I hate the fact that this is what our younger generation is looking up to it and is led to believe as acceptable behavior.

  16. skuddles says:

    Of course this a–hole gets a pass… Somebody send him to Texas.

    If God got Brown out of our lives for good I’d consider that very WELL DONE.

  17. the original bellaluna says:

    I was unaware that being an angry, violent asshole was a medical reason for being prescribed MMJ.

    Live and learn, I guess!

  18. blondie10101 says:

    He’s such a tool. He always was, but now he actually looks like it. When he first started, he at least looked respectable, now he looks like Travie McCoy

    • faith says:

      You’re so damn right, the guy is all so gone, tattoos, drugs, fights and immature, he needs to be mindful like the judge said.

  19. Hakura says:

    *sigh* As S.Joy posted about, I think it’s great that he’s been doing something good for others that he’s not being forced to do, out of the public eye. (Otherwise it could’ve just been to make himself look better, & I’m assuming this is not related to his community service hours).

    But because what he did was so horrible, it’s going to take time for people to see him as anything more than a manipulative, violent asshole. The problem being that abusers are oh-so-good at putting up a front to convince others they’ve changed. Most of the reason abused women return to these bastards is because of that talent.

    Rihanna…Fool you once, shame on them, Fool you twice.. Shame on YOU. Wishing him well at a court hearing related to his beating the f*ck out of you? Can we say.. doormat?

  20. Alana Fajina says:

    Why do people like this turd even exist?? Nothing positive to contribute to the world. NOTHING.

  21. Fudge you, I'm going to Guam! says:

    Why would you want to legalize marijuana? Isn’t inhaling regular cigarette smoke enough? Second hand smoking and all? Imagine having to inhale that disgusting weed smell, yuck.

    • Sara says:

      You don’t have to smoke marijuana. You can eat it in foods, drink it in teas,or vaporize it,none of these produce toxic effects. And just as someone currently has the right to destroy their lungs through tobacco,they should have the freedom to do the same with marijuana. Legalize, regulate, and tax. Marijuana is far less harmful than alcohol or tobacco. Much lesser of three evils.