Vic Mensa pleads guilty to misdemeanor drug charges after being caught with LSD and mushrooms
Rapper Vic Mensa pleads guilty to drug offenses after being caught with LSD and psychedelic mushrooms, but won’t spend time behind bars
Rapper Vic Mensa had pleaded guilty to drug possession but will not spend time behind bars.
The 29-year-old worked out a deal with prosecutors in Loudon County, Virginia, TMZ reports.
The agreement required the U Mad performer to plead guilty to one count of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, a class one misdemeanor.
Plea deal: Vic Mensa, 29, pleaded guilty to drug offenses in Virginia. He will not serve a prison sentence, but must serve a year of unsupervised probation, 25 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine
Court documents showed that he had been sentenced to one year in prison, but the judge suspended the sentence. The Down on my Luck rapper must submit to a year of unsupervised probation, perform 25 hours of community service and pay a $1,000 fine. The fine can be reduced if the Orange Soda artist adheres to the terms of his probation.
The plea deal stems from the Grammy nominee’s arrest in January when he re-entered the US after a trip to Ghana. He was charged with drug possession after customs and border police at Dulles International Airport found LSD along with psilocybin mushrooms and capsules in his luggage.
In a statement to TMZ, the Wraith artist said, “I have decided to plead guilty to a felony charge.”
Arrest: The U Mad artist was arrested in January after customs officials found LSD and psilocybin mushrooms in his luggage as he re-entered the US from a trip to Ghana
The Chicago native suggested he was taking the drugs to help him cope with mental health issues.
“I’ve been very vocal about my mental health, the culture in general and access to mental health care.”
‘It is important to note that extensive research is being done on the topic of psilocybin [shrooms] and the many important movements underway for legalization and decriminalization.’
Silver Lining: The Oh No!!! artist says he hopes the ‘silver edge’ of his arrest is that ‘there will be more focus on the effectiveness of psychedelic drugs in treating mental illness’
At the time of his arrest, the CPB issued a press release stating: “Despite some states decriminalizing certain personal amounts of illegal narcotics, travelers should be aware that possession of narcotics remains illegal under federal law.”
The Oh no!!! The rapper has revealed in the past that he has turned to meditation to help deal with anxiety and depression.
Vic said he hoped the “silver edge” of his high-profile arrest is that there will be “more focus on the effectiveness of psychedelics for treating mental illness and mood disorders that affect millions of people struggling with depression and anxiety, in the hopes that all our laws will’ change accordingly.’