Pot-smoking Mountie accused of assault

Daniel Proussalidis, Parliamentary Bureau

, Last Updated: 3:46 PM ET

OTTAWA — A medicinal pot-smoking Mountie from New Brunswick who gained national attention for his public use of the drug now stands charged with assaulting a peace officer.

Fredericton public safety spokeswoman Alycia Morehouse said Cpl. Ron Francis was arrested Friday afternoon after police tried to check up on him.

"Fredericton Police Force responded to a request from the RCMP for assistance," Morehouse said.

RCMP spokeswoman Const. Jullie Rogers-Marsh said Friday's visit was to make sure Francis was OK.

"We were certainly concerned for his well-being and wanted to speak with him when the incident occurred," Rogers-Marsh said.

Morehouse said a judge may order Francis to undergo a psychiatric exam.


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