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Rapper Wiz Khalifa skips court date on pot charge

Rapper Wiz Khalifa is pictured at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 18, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, John Shearer/Invision -
Rapper Wiz Khalifa is pictured at the Billboard Music Awards in Las Vegas on May 18, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, John Shearer/Invision
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By The Associated Press

EL PASO, Texas - A warrant has been issued for rapper Wiz Khalifa's arrest after he skipped a court date on a marijuana possession charge in West Texas.

Online court records show the 26-year-old performer, whose real name is Cameron Thomaz, failed to appear for a scheduled Wednesday arraignment in an El Paso County misdemeanour court. So County Court-at-Law Judge Ricardo Herrera issued a bench warrant for Khalifa's arrest.

The case started May 25 when Khalifa was arrested at El Paso International Airport after airport security officers reported finding a small canister of marijuana on him.

Khalifa had been departing after appearing at a local music festival. Instead, he was charged with misdemeanour possession of marijuana and was released after posting $300 bail.

Court records do not list an attorney.

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