TV personality Cynthia Pryor Hardy pleads to pot possession

cwinston@thestate.comNovember 21, 2013 

— Cynthia Pryor Hardy, a local television and radio personality, pled guilty Thursday to possessing marijuana as she tried to enter the S.C. State Fair in October.

Hardy, 54, was cited for simple possession for carrying a cigar case carrying a partially burned blunt and rolled-up blunt containing about 2 grams of marijuana.

Olympia Magistrate Judge Harold Cuff sentenced Hardy on Thursday to a conditional discharge. If Hardy provides two negative urine tests over the next six months, her charges will be expunged. If she tests positive, the initial conviction will be carried out.

Sheriff Leon Lott said Hardy arrived at the fair Oct. 16 to tape an independent talk show that airs on WACH-FOX 57. At the gates, a metal detector was set off by the cigar case. Hardy was arrested, issued a citation for simple possession of marijuana and at the request fair officials, she was escorted from the property.

At the time of her arrest, Hardy admitted to carrying the marijuana onto fair property, but said circumstances would explain why she did so.

In a statement, Hardy said she had nothing to hide and welcomed the random drug screens.

"I retrieved the marijuana after a weekend of activity with several young people who are very dear to me. I tossed it in my bag with the intent to speak to them about it. Instead I got busy, forgot about it, and neglected to properly dispose of it," she said in the statement. "It was the biggest mistake of my life."

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