Roc Thomas faces felony marijuana possession charges

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Vikings running back Roc Thomas faces felony possession of marijuana charges in Minnesota, Andrew Krammer of the Star Tribune reports.

“We are aware of the charges filed against Roc Thomas and have expressed our disappointment directly to Roc for his actions,” the Vikings said in a statement. “We will respect both the legal process and the NFL’s disciplinary process.”

Officers executed a search warrant on Thomas’ apartment Jan. 16 after complaints about the smell of marijuana. Police found 143 grams of marijuana and nearly $16,000 in cash.

Thomas, 23, has a March 18 court date.

Thomas, who played in five games last season, told officers he smokes marijuana and all of it was for personal use. In Minnesota, possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.

37 responses to “Roc Thomas faces felony marijuana possession charges

  1. Seriously these States need the Federal Government to step in and outright declassify and legalize marijuana now. Felony charges!?! Destroying lives over something that harms no one but the user. The smell of pot being used shouldn’t equate to drug trafficking or destroy someone’s life. #policestate

  2. Well, he was promising while it lasted. For what it’s worth, i’d believe his claim it was for personal use, but it won’t matter.

  3. Gotta let him go. Weed never hurt anyone. It’s good for you, right?

    I mean, we’re making it legal, right? It shouldn’t be a felony. It’s not like he was killing someone.

  4. “In Minnesota, possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”

    That is freakin insane!

    But please feel free to buy copious amounts of alcohol and tobacco smh.

  5. These Marijuana laws are absurd. 5 years for a couple of ounces of pot? That’s insane.

    Roc obviously isn’t the brightest guy in the world, but he shouldn’t have to do any jail time.

  6. “In Minnesota, possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”

    That’s harsh … being legal in so many states … btw, don’t live there Chris Simms …

    The $$$ is pocket change for an NFL player.

  7. Staying out of trouble at home, but the man won’t leave him alone. I guess the league prefers players causing problems in clubs or slapping women around. The neighbors need to mind their own damn business.

  8. “In Minnesota, possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison”.

    My state is still living in the stone ages. 42.5 grams, less than an ounce and a half can get you up to five years, and my taxes have to pay for the trial and any incarceration.

    Minnesota, let’s get real.

  9. Crazy to think that possession of any amount of marijuana could be a felony. Stone age law.

  10. The real lesson here is to only consume edibles when you live in apartment and aren’t friendly with your neighbors.

  11. The guy had $16,000 in cash…the dude is a NFL player. That s less than one game check. Please….

    Also, 42 grams is not really that much. You have a pound of sugar in your home. A pound of flour, a pound of coffee. A pound of grass lasts about 6 months. Not unrealistic.

  12. Would be interesting to know the origin of the search warrant. Just because they “only” found ounces of pot and 16 Grand, but I suspect they thought they would find more.

    how stupid does a fringe player like this have to be? So easily replaced.

  13. vikings1234 says:
    March 6, 2019 at 6:36 pm
    “In Minnesota, possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison”.

    My state is still living in the stone ages. 42.5 grams, less than an ounce and a half

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    Check your math as it’s also in the stone ages. But yes your state needs serious reform if that is a felony.

  14. Thomas was being careless and stupid. Cops love felony busts because that’s how they get promoted. Marijuana should be legal but until it is you have to know the laws and avoid laying out the red carpet for the police.

  15. minerslung says:
    March 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm
    The guy had $16,000 in cash…the dude is a NFL player. That s less than one game check. Please….

    Also, 42 grams is not really that much. You have a pound of sugar in your home. A pound of flour, a pound of coffee. A pound of grass lasts about 6 months. Not unrealistic.

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    Decimals are important… (that’s not a pound).

    And the amount he had was definitely realistic (also “not unrealistic” as you say).

    I imagine the felony charges will quietly be reduced to a misdemeanor with a hefty fine and community service. If not then Minnesotans should let their elected leaders and law enforcement know it.

  16. billzbubb says:

    March 6, 2019 at 6:23 pm
    These Marijuana laws are absurd. 5 years for a couple of ounces of pot? That’s insane.

    Roc obviously isn’t the brightest guy in the world, but he shouldn’t have to do any jail time.

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    More like 5 nearly 6 ounces which is quite a lot

  17. minerslung says:
    March 6, 2019 at 6:44 pm
    The guy had $16,000 in cash…the dude is a NFL player. That s less than one game check. Please….
    Also, 42 grams is not really that much. You have a pound of sugar in your home. A pound of flour, a pound of coffee. A pound of grass lasts about 6 months. Not unrealistic.
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    May be true, but the law is looking for their “pound of flesh”.

  18. How is marijuana NOT legal in every state??
    Good Lord!
    A FELONY?

    I live in Las Vegas, and I can drive 5 minutes to a dispensary and buy marijuana LEGALLY without a “prescription” or anything!
    Time for my home state of MN to step into the 21st Century & legalize pot!

  19. “In Minnesota, possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”

    You can literally go to prison for 5 years for having less than a 10th of a pound of marijuana in your possession in Minnesota.

  20. travelingthurston says:
    March 6, 2019 at 8:48 pm
    “In Minnesota, possession of more than 42.5 grams of marijuana is considered a felony punishable by up to five years in prison.”

    You can literally go to prison for 5 years for having less than a 10th of a pound of marijuana in your possession in Minnesota.

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    Minnesota institutes Sentencing Guidelines which calls for zero jail/prison time for a marijuana possession felony. The only way you go to prison for this in Minnesota is if you have numerous Felony Convictions and are still on Parole/Probation

  21. That’s ridiculous, that’s like 4-5 ounces of Marijauna. That should not be felony at all. A felony for having a plant that makes you want to eat donuts and play video games is stupid. Realistically we as citizens need to jury nullification more and say enough is enough with some of these of these laws.

  22. Lol how DARE he have possession of his own money instead of letting the bank pretend to keep it safe, better steal that money

  23. That’s a shame; Thomas has talent and a promising career in front of him if he can stay out of further trouble. I’m not saying its right, but like it or not, the laws are what they are. Putting a career in jeopardy over marijuana? Not worth it.

  24. Once and a half and you get 5 years in Minnesota. That state takes baby steps. They just recently allowed people to buy alcohol in the state on Sunday’s.

  25. Oh no! not 4 ounces of reefer!
    You can buy upto an ounce EVERY DAY legally in almost 15 states in the U.S.
    And this kids career is now basically over, so instead of making a good living for a few years he’ll be in the clog like everyone else.

    That sucks Roc, good luck young man.

  26. Like most fringe players, he is probably gone. If he was a “name” player he would get suspended but would play again. And if he was a genuine star he would wind up on the commissoner’s exempt list and get paid to not play while the legal issues sort themselves out. I am not sure if he was confused about which of these categories he fell into but he is about to find out.

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