Cynthia Hardy admits in interview to pot possession

cwinston@thestate.comOctober 18, 2013 

— In a video interview with a local station, well-known radio and TV personality Cynthia Hardy admitted to having marijuana in her purse at the entrance to the S.C. State Fair on Wednesday.

Hardy, who has a weekly public affairs program on WACH-FOX, was cited for marijuana possession after 2 grams of pot were allegedly discovered in her bag at the north entrance.

On Thursday evening, a video of Hardy discussing the incident with Alexis King at WACH was published to YouTube.

In the interview, Hardy admitted to having the marijuana in the bag, but did not explain why.

“The Sheriff’s Department was doing their job, they were professional, they weren’t anything but professional,” said Hardy, who is represented by state Rep. Todd Rutherford, D-Richland.

“Those details are very important and I can’t talk about them specifically right now,” she said. “But I do want people to know that the media isn’t really the place to have the discussion.”

In a written statement issued Thursday, Hardy said she would fight the charge when she had her day in court. In the video interview, she called the incident “embarrassing.”

“There are extenuating circumstances, but none of them really satisfy because at the end of the day, this is a very embarrassing situation for me, a very embarrassing situation for my family and I regret it very much,” she said.

“I shouldn’t have had it on my person, I just should not have had it, but I did.”

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