Mar 15, 2014; Atlanta, GA, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard/forward James Young (1) passes the ball past Georgia Bulldogs forward Brandon Morris (31) during the first half in the semifinals of the SEC college basketball tournament at Georgia Dome. Mandatory Credit: Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

University of Georgia forward Morris kicked off team

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University of Georgia forward Brandon Morris has been kicked off the men’s basketball team after he was arrested Sunday for felony possession of marijuana with intent to distribute, according to the Associated Press.

Per the AP article, “Georgia coach Mark Fox said on the team’s website that Morris has a ‘very clear understanding of our expectation. Unfortunately, I’ve had to dismiss him from our team.’”

Morris was charged for possessing 18 grams of ‘high grade’ marijuana along with a digital scale. Georgia law states that possession of under an ounce of marijuana — or 28 grams — is a misdemeanor and punishable by up to 12 months and a $1,000 fine. Ironically enough, it was the little scale that tipped the scales against Morris and upgraded his charge to a felony for intent to distribute.

Once more we’re left wondering how another young man on a high-profile college sports team can jeopardize his young career with reckless attitudes toward legal standards. Whether or not one agrees with the laws surrounding marijuana in this country, one can’t deny what the law reads. Unfortunately that wasn’t enough to sway Morris, who has now put himself in a situation that will likely haunt him for a long, long time, if not for the rest of his life.

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