A drug possession defendant did nothing to help his case when he appeared to light up a joint in front of the judge, before being arrested immediately.
Spencer Boston, 20, was in court on a simple possession charge, but decided to stick it to the man by using his time to push for legalisation of marijuana and make a stand.
Surprisingly, instead of immediately changing the law, the judge had him taken away by deputies and given a 10 day jail sentence for contempt of court with a $3,000 (£2,300) bond.
The incident was caught on camera, with the sheriff’s office’s video showing it in all its awkward glory. The footage shows Boston reaching the podium before the judge and taking the cigarette out of his pocket before lighting it.
People behind him can be seen moving away from the smoke while he defiantly looks at the judge before being led away. Some people in the courtroom burst out laughing, while others, understandably, tried to process what they’d just witnessed.
ABC reported that the defendant started to tell the judge that marijuana should be legalised, according to Lt. Scott Moore, a spokesman for the Wilson County Sheriff’s Office.
Moore added: “I’ve been here 20 years and this is the first time I’ve ever seen that.”
As it stands, the law in Tennessee states it’s illegal to use or possess cannabis in the state, with even possession of very small amounts being classed as criminal misdemeanor.
However, it looks like Boston might actually be getting his own way – a bill filed on Friday in the state put forward legalisation of the drug.
Fox 13 reported that Senator Raumesh Akbari of Memphis proposed the new laws, which would mean that businesses could sell less than half an ounce to customers, as long as they are aged 21 or over.
State Representative Antonio Parkinson supported the bill – since it would tax the sales with the money going towards education and infrastructure.
Parkinson said: “More businesses would open, more opportunities for people and it’s key to make sure everyone has an opportunity to get in business if it passes.”
The bill proposes a sales tax with 50 percent of the revenue going to education, 30 percent to infrastructure and 20 percent to the state’s ‘general fund’.