Cops Clamp Down on Ontario Man Who Lit Medical Marijuana Joint at Courthouse

Greater Sudbury Police Service arrived in at least half a dozen cruisers at the Sudbury Courthouse about 11 a.m. and apprehended Jamy MacKenzie, 27, who lit a marijuana joint during a break in a sentencing hearing on a guilty plea by Dave Sylvestre for marijuana production.

About 40 supporters, including Jamy MacKenzie, packed a small courtroom at the Superior Court of Justice to learn what penalty Sylvestre will face.

Sylvestre, 54,who ran for the Green Party in 2007 against incumbent Liberal MPP Rick Bartolucci, pleaded guilty to growing marijuana after police raided his home in February 2009 and found about $100,000 worth of the illicit substance.

His lawyer, Denis Michel, has asked for a conditional sentence for his client, saying Sylvestre grew marijuana and produced oil from it to treat his debilitating diabetes. Michel said his client says the substance was a “miracle” cure for diabetes and Sylvestre no longer needs to take conventional medications.

Crown prosecutor Denys Bradley is arguing that because of the quantity of marijuana and oil seized, Sylvestre should be sentenced to some time in jail.

The case is being heard by Justice Robbie Gordon, who is to render his decision at noon.

When supporters left the courthouse during the break, McKenzie took what he calls his medicine, a joint of marijuana.

– Read the entire article at The Sudbury Star.