This is roughly 2-3 grams of marijuana. Do you suspect Bri'onte Dunn had 100-200 grams in his car seat and under his floor mats? (Image provided by Shutterstock)
In an updated report from the Canton Repository, the home town paper that first reported Bri'onte Dunn not being arrested but instead being charged with a misdemeanor for drug paraphernalia possession, Dunn was also evidently charged with marijuana possession under 200 grams.
Police stopped Dunn for the violation and he and his passenger were found to have a wooden pipe used for smoking marijuana, along with less than 200 grams of marijuana on the seat cushions and floor boards where he was seated. A small amount of marijuana was also found in the driver's door pocket, according to the police report.
Dunn, 19, of 219 S. Park Ave, was charged with possession of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia, not wearing a seat belt and a tail-light violation. All the charges are misdemeanors.
Between 100 and 200 grams in the state of Ohio is considered a misdemeanor, while less than 100 grams is a civil citation with a $100 fine.
It's extremely unlikely (if not impossible) that Dunn and a passenger could be driving around with between 100 and 200 grams of marijuana in seat cushions and on the floor boards. That amount constitutes between 3 and 5 ounces, an amount which physically literally would not be able to be stuck between car seats or under floor mats.
I would go as far as to speculate that the misdemeanor marijuana possession charge will be pled down to a civil citation, less Stark County have specific statures that somehow supersede state regulations.
While this doesn't change the nature of the story as Dunn wasn't arrested (and paraphernalia is usually not possessed without intent), it's likely Dunn still faces a challenging August of stairs and responsibilities he probably didn't bargain for when he first went out Saturday evening.
For those wondering what sort of disciplinary precedence Urban has with respect to marijuana related misdemeanors, there were several notable legally similar situations he faced while the head coach of the Florida Gators.
Florida corner Jacques Rickerson was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana in February 2007. He was suspended for the season opener consequently.
Ronnie Wilson was arrested for misdemeanor marijuana possession of marijuana in January 2008 but was a repeat offender having previously pleaded no contest to charges of battery and discharging a firearm. He was suspended indefinitely and ultimately dismissed from the team after a third legal incident.
Running back Brandon James was arrested for felony purchase of marijuana and misdemeanor possession. He was suspended for the same 2007 opener against Western Kentucky as Rickerson.
Star wide receiver Louis Murphy was arrested for misdemeanor possession of marijuana in May 2006 and though charges were dropped, Murphy was suspended for three games (it's worth noting that Murphy had a reputation for being a bit of a, um, pot enthusiast, which could've played a role in the longer suspension).
Inside linebacker Jon Demps was dismissed by the Gators after the 2006 season for a marijuana-related incident but it came on the heels of a previous misdemeanor for driving with a suspended license and other disciplinary issues.
Given Meyer's own historical disciplinary precedence (and Dunn's stature as a freshman), if the Ohio State coach wants to make an example of Dunn, a two-to-three game suspension could be in order. Considering Dunn's situation in its own light (and the lack of an arrest), if Meyer wants to echo the legal ramifications, a one-to-two game suspension would likely be far more in line with expectations.