Stone pleads no contest to pot charge

MR STONE gets snagged for MJ....

August 11, 2005

LOS ANGELES — Oliver Stone has pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor possession of marijuana while driving charge stemming from a police checkpoint stop, officials said.

His lawyer entered the plea for Stone on July 29 in Beverly Hills Superior Court, Jane Robison, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office, said Wednesday.

Stone, who won best-director Oscars for “Platoon” and “Born on the Fourth of July,” wasn’t in court.

He was arrested at a drunk driving checkpoint on May 27. Stone, 58, paid a $100 fine and court assessments, a court representative said.

In 1999, Stone pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor marijuana possession charge and driving under the influence.

His next project is a film about a pair of police officers rescued from the rubble of the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, 2001. Nicolas Cage has signed on to star in the production.