Date: 8th March 2001

Whitney Houston Cleared Of Drugs Charges

WHITNEY HOUSTON's legal record has been cleared in Hawaii - and she is now free to travel to and from the state as often as she chooses.

The I WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU singer has met all of her court- ordered requirements after pleading no contest last November (00) to marijuana possession charges.

Houston, 37, accepted a plea bargain from Kona District Court following her run-in last January (00) with Hawaiian airport security, who allegedly found half an ounce (14 grammes) of pot in her carry-on bag. To remove the petty misdemeanour from her record, Houston was ordered to pay several fines, donate money to an anti-drug group and submit to a substance-abuse assessment.

The deal hit a problem last month (JAN01), when the court's deadline passed and Houston failed to submit proof of her substance-abuse evaluation. But Deputy Prosecutor MEL FUJINO says Houston received the assessment last month (FEB01), and prosecutors decided to clear her record. (SVD/WNWC/CPT)

Source: WENN