AC/DC drummer's drug conviction overturned

The drummer with rock band AC/DC has had his cannabis conviction quashed by a court in his adopted homeland of New Zealand on the grounds that it would have interfered with his globe-trotting exploits.

Phil Rudd, 56, appeared in Tauranga District Court on Thursday seeking to have his 2010 conviction for possession of 27 grams (0.95 ounces) of marijuana wiped from his record, according to the Bay of Plenty Times.

The Australian native had pleaded guilty to the charge and was fined US$190 plus $101 in court costs in December after failing in his bid for a discharge without conviction.

At Thursday's hearing, Rudd's attorney said the conviction restricted the rocker's ability to enter some countries, particularly the United States, Canada and Japan.

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Date: Apr 01, 2011
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