As serious as this issue is, there's something perversely appealing about picturing a Mountie, complete with red serge uniform and Stetson hat, sparking up a joint.
It's not some satirical sketch on the old Royal Canadian Air Farce show. Cpl. Ronald Francis, who serves with New Brunswick's J Division, is in a tussle with his bosses over whether he can smoke medical marijuana while in uniform – red serge or normal duty blues.
Only in Canada.
"Mountie wants to smoke medical marijuana in uniform" is one of the most Canadian news stories imaginable.
— Peter Lynn (@Peter_Lynn) November 28, 2013
Francis obtained a pot prescription after conventional drugs failed to help him cope with his post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD).
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Francis told CBC News weed has helped him calm down and reduces his PTSD symptoms, which developed when he worked in the troubled aboriginal community of Davis Inlet.
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