A judge in California has commended former Stone Temple Pilots frontman
Scott Weiland for his commitment to overcoming his drug habit, and has
allowed him to go free despite drug possession charges earlier this year.
However he was warned that if any future drug tests showed him back 'under
the influence' that decision could be overturned.
Judge Colette Serio was responding to Weiland's two no contest pleas to
felony drug possession charges in August. "Overall this is an excellent
report," Serio said. "But I want to advise you that if you have any other
positive tests you will have to go back to residential treatment."
Outside court, Weiland told reporters his recovery was on track, adding he
was looking forward to the February release of the debut album of his new
band Velvet Revolver (the band made up of Weiland and much of the original
line up of Guns n Roses).
He said: "Sometimes God offers you circumstances that sort of fall in your
lap that you thought wouldn't happen. Getting busted spurred my desire to
seriously get back into recovery."