Vic Mensa, a former member of “kids These Day”, which split in 2013, has pleaded guilty to possession of a controlled substance, and won’t be doing any time behind bars after striking a deal with the prosecutors. Read on to learn more about how the American rapper got lucky.
Vic Gets Unsupervised Probation…
Kendra Glover, a rep for the Loudon County Commonwealth’s Attorney released a statement that Mensa pled guilty to one count of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, which is a Class 1 misdemeanour. As a result of the plea deal, he got 12 months in jail, but that was suspended — meaning instead of serving it behind bars, he’ll have a year of unsupervised probation.
Not only this, Vic will have to undergo a substance abuse assessment, perform 25 hours of community service and pay a $1k fine. Interestingly, he’ll get 50 per cent off that fine if he successfully completes the other probation terms. Didn’t he just get lucky?
Shrooms Can Treat Mental Illness…
Vic Mensa, who performed with Gorillaz frontman Damon Albarn at the Governors Ball Festival, was arrested on January 15, 2022, at the Washington Dulles International Airport by the Metropolitan Washington Airports Authority. The Customs and Border Protection discovered a cache of drugs including LSD and psilocybin mushrooms, capsules and gummies. He was charged with felony narcotics possession charges.
As he pled guilty to one count of possession of a Schedule III controlled substance, which is a Class 1 misdemeanour, Vic will now remain out on probation. Regarding the case, Vic revealed in an interview that research suggests that shrooms can actually heal mental illness. He said:
“In this case, I have decided to plead guilty to a misdemeanour charge. I have been extremely vocal about my mental health, the culture at large and access to mental health treatment. It is important to note the extensive research being done on the topic of psilocybin [shrooms] and the many significant movements underway for legalization and decriminalization.”
He continued, “Esteemed universities such as Johns Hopkins, University of California, NYU, Mount Sinai School of Medicine and The Imperial College of London have all immersed themselves in years-long research programs with full departments and centres dedicated to this work. Unfortunately, our laws have not kept up with the research showing that psychedelic plants and compounds can be successfully used to treat otherwise treatment-resistant mental illness.”
Vic concluded, “I have contributed positively to many communities and will continue to do so with this case. My hope is that the silver lining to this matter will be increased focus on the effectiveness of psychedelics to treat mental illness and mood disorders that millions are battling with depression and anxiety with the hope that all of our laws will change accordingly.”
The Innanetape artist may have pleaded guilty, but he still openly supports the effectiveness of psychedelics to treat mental illness and mood disorders. Well, he’s been asked to undergo a substance abuse assessment so he may have to opt for other productive ways to cope up with mental illness. What are your thoughts on the research mentioned by Vic?
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