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Mark Hamilton has agreed to forfeit his position of head of Atlantic City's Weights and Measures Division after pleading guilty to marijuana possession.

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MAYS LANDING — The former head of Atlantic City's Weights and Measures department gave up his position Monday, after pleading guilty to marijuana possession.

But he could still work for the city under the agreement.

Mark Hamilton, 57, who lives in Atlantic City, was charged Oct. 13, 2011, after an officer smelled marijuana during a motor vehicle stop. A joint was found inside the city-owned vehicle.

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Hamilton has been suspended without pay since the incident, and Monday he agreed to forfeit his job.

But it does not appear that job even exists, as the department is now under control of Atlantic County, Mayor Lorenzo Langford said.

The agreement allows a conditional discharge of the offense as long as Hamilton remains drug-free for six months, during which time he will have three random drug tests.

The plea does not preclude him from being hired in another position in the city.

"Mr. Hamilton is thankful that this matter is finally over," his attorney, James Leonard Jr. said. "The manner in which it was disposed of will allow him to avoid a criminal conviction and provides him the opportunity to once again seek employment with the city of Atlantic City."

The mayor said he could not comment on personnel matters.

Staff writer Emily Previti contributed to this report.

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