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Rapper Taboo of the Black Eyed Peas is facing a stiff penalty – a maximum $200 fine, and no jail time – for two misdemeanor drug charges.

Taboo, whose real name is Jaime Luis Gomez, 31, was caught with a small amount of weed and arrested in March in the City of Industry, near L.A., after a minor traffic accident.

After this great Taboo mug shot was taken, he was charged with possession of marijuana while driving, on top of possession of 28.5 grams or less of marijuana, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

If convicted, the bandmate of Fergie faces only the fine and no jail term. His arraignment is set for May 25.

Man, a staggering $200. Where’s he ever gonna get the money to pay for that?

We’re not saying Taboo should do time – or that pot should even be illegal – but that’s got to be the dumbest penalty we’ve ever heard of.

Seriously, what kind of deterrent is that?

Paris Hilton goes to jail for driving with a suspended license. Akon is in all kinds of trouble for simulated sex acts performed on an underage skank on stage. If you can’t hand down real fines, why bother making it a crime?

Looks like George Michael is staring at a similar non-punishment for his own incident of driving on drugs.