Lebanon, TN – A Tennessee man lit a joint in court and smoked it on Monday while appearing before a judge on a marijuana possession charge (video below).
Spencer Boston, 20, appeared in court before Judge Haywood Barry on Jan. 27 and told the judge that he thought marijuana should be legal, WKRN reported.
Boston then reached into his jacket and took out a rolled marijuana joint and lit it with a match, according to CNN.
He was able to take several puffs before court bailiffs realized what was going on and intervened.
But then the video showed bailiffs grabbed Boston, seized his lit joint, and took him out of the courtroom.
As he was removed, Boston turned to the gallery and yelled “the people deserve better!” CNN reported.
The people in the courtroom all laughed, according to Wilson County Sheriff’s Department Lieutenant Scott Moore.
“I’ve been here 20 years, and this is the first time I’ve ever seen that,” Lt. Moore said according to ABC News.
Lt. Moore told WTVF he thinks Boston planned his stunt with lighting the joint to make a political statement.
“I think he knew what he was doing before he came to court,” Lt. Moore said.
Boston is now facing additional charges as a result of his courtroom shenanigans, WKRN reported.
Police said he had been charged with disorderly conduct and simple possession of marijuana in connection with the stunt.
But the judge, who wasn’t amused by his antics, held Boston in contempt of court and locked him up in jail for 10 days, according to CNN.
Lt. Moore said that after 10 days behind bars, Boston would be eligible to post a $3,000 bond to get released.
The joint smoked in court will be held as evidence, according to ABC.
Marijuana in not legal in Tennessee, although the state does allow an exception for cannabis oil to be used with seizure patients, according to the Marijuana Policy Project..
Possession of marijuana is a misdemeanor in Tennessee and punishable by up to one year in jail and a $2,500 fine.
Watch Boston light a joint in court in the video below: