Marijuana-Smoking Canadian Mountie Found Dead

CANADA:  A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription for job-related stress has died of an apparent suicide after provoking a nationwide debate over his smoking in uniform.

Corporal Ronald Francis died Monday afternoon, officials said Tuesday.

“It appears no one else was involved in the death,” RCMP Assistant Commissioner Roger Brown told a press conference.

Francis had smoked medical-grade marijuana to relieve post-traumatic stress related to 21 years on the job.

 

Pot-Smoking Mountie Can't Smoke Publicly In Uniform: RCMP

CANADA:  A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer with a medical marijuana prescription thinks he should be able to smoke the drug while in uniform, but the RCMP says he can’t smoke marijuana while in red serge or while wearing his regular working uniform.

RCMP Deputy Commissioner Gilles Moreau said any officer with a medical marijuana prescription can take their medication, but should not do so in while in public in their uniform. (CBC)

Cpl. Ronald Francis serves with J Division in New Brunswick, and received a prescription for medical-grade marijuana on Nov. 4.

‘There’s no policy in the RCMP that prevents me from smoking marijuana. There’s no policy in the RCMP that says I cannot smoke in public. I have the right to smoke it in my red serge.’-Cpl. Ronald Francis [Read more…]