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Radio Personality Busted for Pot

Cynthia Hardy is a face you’d likely recognize if you watch TV out of Columbia; or you might know her voice from the radio. She hosts the hour-long, weekly broadcast of On Point! With Cynthia Hardy. The radio program features opinion and presents community and local issues. As a local celebrity, it came as a bit of a surprise when she was caught trying to bring marijuana into the state fair. That’s the allegation and the charge she was arrested for.

According to news reports, Hardy arrived at the fair to do a taping of an interview and was scheduled to appear before a live audience to talk about social security issues. But that’s before she went through security to get onto the fair grounds.

Security guards, using a metal detector, found a cigar tube on Ms. Hardy. The tube contained a couple of “blunts” – one partially burned. A blunt is a cigar that has been hollowed out (with some tobacco removed) and refilled with marijuana. The security guards at the fair are Sheriff’s Deputies, so the discovery led to an arrest and citation for marijuana possession. What might be worse for Ms. Hardy though, is that she was subsequently barred from the property, meaning she couldn’t do her scheduled appearance.

There was no mention of the incident on Cynthia’s facebook page or the show’s website, although some comments may have been related, such as, “This too shall pass” from a supporter.

In some ways, a minor marijuana infraction might help Ms. Hardy. She bills herself as a progressive, and marijuana legalization is considered part of a more liberal platform. However, such speculation will have to remain just that until Ms. Hardy weighs in with a commentary of her own on the legalization issue. On a positive note, she does have a solid platform and the skills to present her views effectively.


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