Marlin Lane will have a fresh start and a clean record when he enrolls at Tennessee in the summer.
The four-star tailback had his charge of marijuana possession dropped Tuesday in Volusia County (Fla.) Court. The charge stemmed from a Dec. 23, 2010 incident where Lane, 19, was arrested in his home town, DeLand, Fla., for possessing 7.5 grams of cannabis as he sat in the passenger seat of a blue Mercury.
Lane pleaded not guilty and submitted to a drug test less than 24 hours after the arrest. The results, Lane, his father Marlin Lane Sr., and his longtime mentor Steve Deluca said, were negative.
“I feel better now,” Lane said. “I get another weight off my chest. I can just continue doing what I'm doing to be successful and get up to Knoxville.”
According to the original police report, a DeLand officer spotted Lane “manipulating” a small pile of cannabis spread out on a dollar bill in his lap and a clear plastic baggie of cannabis on the seat beside him. Lane admitted to the officer that he was “breaking up the cannabis for use but stated that it was not his,” according to the report.
The 7.5 grams of marijuana had a street value of $50, according to the report.
Lane said he was required to attend six drug-related classes before Tuesday’s hearing. According to court documents, Volusia County Court received correspondence from Stewart-Marchman-Act, a behavioral health care center in Daytona Beach, on Feb. 2.
It all helped make Tuesday a day to celebrate for Lane.
“They just pretty much told me to have a nice life,” Lane said. “They don't want to see me any more.”
The next step for Lane will be to insure he’s qualified in time to enroll for the first session of summer semester in early June. In a February interview, Lane, who missed the first half of his senior season while recovering from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee, said he planned to retake the ACT because he needed to score two points higher.
“It’s been a headache trying to keep up with everything so I can get to Tennessee with no problem,” Lane said. “I’ve got a countdown until I leave and I’m ready to leave as soon as I can.”
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