Court Rosen placed on probation in marijuana possession case

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ROANOKE (WSLS 10) - A Roanoke City Councilman was in court on Monday - charged with possession of marijuana.

Officials said Court Rosen qualified for the First Offender Program. 

Rosen's driver's license was taken away - and he was given a restricted driver's license. He was also sentenced to serve 16 hours of community service and was placed on probation for one year.

Officials said Rosen will also be subject to random urine screenings.

As we've reported, investigators were called to the 3500 block of Franklin Road in October 2015 after someone complained of marijuana use in the K-Mart parking lot.

Rosen was caught with a little over 4 grams of marijuana in his possession. Rosen has since apologized and police said he has been cooperative in the investigation.

Rosen stated in court he will not seek re-election after his term ends in May.

"I'm sorry to have brought embarrassment to my family, friends, and colleagues while causing disappointment for many others," says Rosen. "Although I've loved my time and appreciated my time serving the city I do not intend to seek re-election for city council."

If Rosen remains on good behavior for over one year - the charge will be taken off of his record, court officials said.

Statement given to WSLS 10 by Court Rosen in October:

"I want to tell the people of the City of Roanoke before they hear it from some other source that I made a terrible mistake and as a result I was issued a summons for possession of marijuana in the City of Roanoke. I will accept full responsibility for my actions, and I want to assure everyone that this has not and will not affect my public service. It is a personal matter that I, along with my family, will address in a direct, immediate, and positive way.

I deeply and sincerely regret any embarrassment I have caused my family, colleagues, and the citizens of Roanoke and I humbly apologize.

At this time I will not make any further statements concerning this matter and will completely respect the process as it moves forward."