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Cynthia Hardy agrees to drug tests, says marijuana came from teenagers

Published: Nov. 21, 2013 at 8:57 PM EST|Updated: Dec. 1, 2013 at 8:57 PM EST
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Attorney Todd Rutherford appears on behalf of Cynthia Hardy in court
Attorney Todd Rutherford appears on behalf of Cynthia Hardy in court
Cynthia Hardy
Cynthia Hardy

COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - The attorney for a well-known Columbia radio and television personality entered a conditional discharge plea in court Thursday on her behalf.

Conditions of the plea include having to take two random urine drug tests that test negative, said Todd Rutherford, Cynthia Hardy's attorney.

Hardy was charged with possession of marijuana after Richland County Sheriff's deputies say they found marijuana in her purse as it was searched upon her entry into the South Carolina State Fair in October.

"I am appreciative for the court's favor, I have nothing to hide," Hard said in a statement released through her attorney. "I welcome random drug screenings that accompany my conditional discharge, and am anxious to get back to our important work in the community."

Hardy said the marijuana came from teenagers at an activity she attended.  

"As I have previously stated, I retrieved the marijuana after a weekend of activity with several young people who are very dear to me," she said. "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."

"It was the biggest mistake of my life," Hardy said. "I apologize for this error in judgment and look forward to continuing our very real and sincere efforts to better our community. I am happy the judicial system has worked in our favor."

Hardy is a Columbia public relations executive who hosts programs on television and radio.

Richland County Magistrate Harold A. Cuff accepted the conditional discharge and ordered Hardy to take two drug tests--one in December and another in March.  If Hardy tests negative in both, she can pay a $150 fine and apply to have her record expunged.

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