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Australian politician warns Snoop Dogg over controversial snap

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Jan 23, 2014 | 4:02am EST

Rapper Snoop Dogg has been warned he could be banned from Australia in the future after he published pictures of himself posing with what appeared to be a huge bowl of cannabis in a hotel room Down Under. The Gin and Juice hitmaker is currently in the country for a short tour, but has courted controversy by sharing images from his suite at the Palazzo Versace hotel on the Gold Coast. In one snap posted on his Instagram page, the hip-hop star can be seen lounging on a sofa behind a table filled with fresh fruit and what appears to be a large pile of marijuana. The star, who is a prolific weed smoker, added in the caption: "A Versace breakfast!" The image has caused concern among Australian politicians, and Immigration Minister Scott Morrison has revealed the stunt could backfire when the rapper - real name Calvin Broadus - applies for a travel visa again. A statement from Morrison reads, "Next time Mr Broadus requests a visa to enter Australia he may regret this stunt. Visa holders convicted of serious criminal offences can be and are deported from Australia." Gold Coast police have told reporters at Sydney's Daily Telegraph they can take no further action as the star has now left the state. A statement from the hotel adds, "We respect the privacy of all our guests. However we have no influence or control as to the image they wish to portray of their persona via their personal social media. This was bought to our attention today but he has actually checked out. It appears to be that (marijuana) but we don't know for sure." The image has since been removed from the star's page. The controversy comes after feminist activists recently called for the star's Australian visa to be revoked over the alleged misogyny in his music.

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