Pot-smoking Mountie pleads not guilty to assaulting fellow officers

(Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency file photo)

(Carmine Marinelli/QMI Agency file photo)

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A Mountie who made headlines for smoking pot while in his ceremonial red uniform has pleaded not guilty to assault charges.

The RCMP said it sent officers to check on Cpl. Ron Francis in December after he was stripped of his uniform and placed on leave after he was photographed smoking pot while on duty. Police allege Francis assaulted an officer during that visit.

Francis was charged with two new counts of assault on police officers and breach of undertaking on Friday, CTV reporter Andy Campbell tweeted from the court. Francis pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Francis was prescribed the marijuana to help him deal with symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder.

He was visibly emotional when he handed in his uniforms on Nov. 29.

"I earned this," Francis said. "I earned it with my blood, my sweat, my tears."


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