On Feb 2, Ron McInnes faced charges of possession and cultivation of cannabis, and two charges under 462.2 for selling pipes and bongs in his hemp store, The Pot Shop. Charges against his partner, Anne Russel, have been dropped.
During the trial, McInnes took a pipe from his pocket that police had missed during the raid on his store and asked the one of the arresting officers if he knew what it was for. He then informed the constable that it was for smoking marijuana, and explained how it was used.
“As soon as I said this I realized that I had just accidentally broken the law, so I put the toker in my pocket.”
McInnes, who represented himself in court, then demanded a mistrial, as a crime had been committed on the stand. Justice Payne refused McInnes’ argument and convicted him of all charges. McInnes appeared for sentencing on May 5.