But a judge warns him to stay off drugs...

Ex-STONE TEMPLE PILOTS singer SCOTT WEILAND has been told he can remain a free man but has been warned to stay off drugs by a judge.

Weiland, who has for years battled drug addiction, was allowed by a judge in California to remain free while he cleans up, according to Reuters.

Yesterday (October 20), Judge Colette Serio in Pasadena congratulated Weiland on completing most of the drug testing and counselling requirements following his arrest in LA on May 17 this year. Weiland tested positive for drugs and entered a no-contest plea, but Judge Serio acknowledged in court that subsequent tests have been clean.