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Winehouse drops Norwegian appeal

Amy Winehouse
Winehouse suffered health problems during 2008

Amy Winehouse has dropped her appeal against a fine for possession of cannabis in Norway.

The singer and her husband, Blake Fielder-Civil, were arrested in Bergen in October 2007 on charges of possessing seven grams of cannabis.

They were held overnight and released after paying a 3,000 kroner (290) fine. But Ms Winehouse later claimed police had made mistakes in the case.

The pair will now not have to appear in court, police said.

They were initially due to face a trial in March 2008, but it was postponed at the request of Ms Winehouse's lawyer.

Last month, she was summoned to appear at an appeals court in Bergen on 12 January.

"After a careful review of the whole matter, they decided to drop the appeal," lawyer Ole Kvelstad said. He did not give a reason why the appeal was dropped.

Following the incident, Ms Winehouse was denied entry to the US for last year's Grammys ceremony, where she won five awards.

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