“Boston will continue to peacefully protest the unjust laws pertaining to a non-lethal medicinal herb.”
Spencer Alan Boston, 20, spent 10 days in jail for contempt of court after he pulled out a joint and began to smoke it late last month while appearing in front of Judge Haywood Barry.
Boston was released in last week on a $3,000 bond. His attorney, Blake Kelley, released a statement apologizing for Boston’s infraction.
“Mr. Boston has willingly taken responsibility, paid his fine, done his time for his traffic violation and his Contempt of Court,” Kelley said in a statement.
“He is apologetic to the Honorable Judge Haywood Barry for his peaceful, orderly protest in the court of which Mr. Barry presides. Mr. Boston will continue to peacefully protest the unjust laws pertaining to a non-lethal medicinal herb,” he added.
Boston is now facing charges of simple possession and disorderly conduct.
“We must ask why we are allowing our government to spend billions of dollars to keep a non-lethal herb illegal,” Kelley told the Tennessean. “We must follow the money, the billions that are made by keeping a non-lethal medicinal herb illegal. We, the people, deserve better.”
Boston was appearing in court on Jan. 27 after a November traffic stop yielded charges of speeding and simple possession, according to police reports.
In the future, “Mr. Boston plans to maintain good, lawful, orderly behaviour,” Kelley said. Boston’s next court appearance is scheduled for mid-March.
As of this week, a GoFundMe page dubbed, Free Spencer Boston, has raised over US$7,000 to help subsidize Boston’s legal fees.
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Written by Emma Spears