There comes a time in every person's life where they must stand up for what they believe.
Put their neck out, put their money where their mouth is.
Or, in the case of a young Tennessee gent named Spencer Boston, put their marijuana where their mouth is—as in, light up a joint—while in a courtroom, before a judge, for a marijuana possession charge.
Fortune favors the bold, as they say.
The story, which has taken Reddit by storm, all went down this week in Wilson County, Tennessee.
Despite the article title, you thought for sure it would be Florida, didn't you?
No, it was in the Tennessee courtroom of Judge Haywood Barry, which is the most Southern judge name we can think of.
This man lit a marijuana cigarette in front of a judge during his court appearance for a simple marijuana possessio… https://t.co/mmS4yAeyze— CNN (@CNN)1580259420.0
Spencer Boston, 20, was there on a simple marijuana possession charge.
As he stood to face the judge, Boston began to share his opinions on why weed should be legalized.
Local crime news website Scoop: Wilson has video of the incident.
#SCOOP Exclusive: Full Audio of "Wilson Weed Hero's" courtroom speech, and Judge Barry agreeing that TN's marijuana… https://t.co/XYbQ9rA92I— Scoop: Wilson (@Scoop: Wilson)1580265554.0
In the video, Boston calls Tennessee's marijuana laws "unfair" especially since:
"[I]t's been around for ages, since the 80s and 90s."
The judge calls Boston's spiel "baloney" and then explains to Boston how law works, telling him:
"You gotta go see the legislature to get that changed."
But Boston was undeterred.
After agreeing to the judge's offer for a trial where he can more fulsomely speak his mind, Boston pulled out a joint and a match and had himself a smoke, ripping several drags right there at the podium before the judge, the assembled masses, God and everyone.
He was then forcibly led out of the courtroom by law enforcement, yelling, "The people deserve better!" as he went.
The crowd immediately went wild, bursting into laughter.
The judge ordered Boston taken to jail and held in contempt of court. He'll serve 10 days and then be eligible for $3000 bond.
It might not have been the smartest move, but it was certainly among the most audacious. You miss 100% of the shots you don't take, as they say.
And as you might expect, the internet found itself a new hero.
@CNN u mad? https://t.co/hdiJjnn8Kc— Dope Tugging Knob (@Dope Tugging Knob)1580268174.0
"Honestly this guy rules" --u/Lavaswimmer
https://t.co/0rEVcXVDKH https://t.co/KSBKw9jS9W— isabel (@isabel)1580268576.0
"Me: who the fu*k would do that?"
"Also me: yep. He looks like he would do that."
"Also also me: why the fu*k are people still going to court for weed?" --u/nahteviro
@CNN King— Hilary Agro 🍄 (@Hilary Agro 🍄)1580270262.0
"What? He was simply entering his plea by demonstration" --u/LifeSage
@CNN Free him— non podhoretz (@non podhoretz)1580275938.0
"Start a go fund me for his bail" --u/bruce5783
@CNN The war on drugs still being silly in the law system. Massive credit to this man. https://t.co/fnUranVwzd— SociallyUnacceptable (@SociallyUnacceptable)1580260607.0
"The judge is just upset that he did not puff puff pass that sh*t" --u/JonL3fty
Wish I had just a fraction of this guy's conviction + confidence https://t.co/QsiRPYwuou— Jennifer Churchill (@Jennifer Churchill)1580277689.0
"Absolutely no fu*ks given" --u/jimmy2sticks
Don't let anyone tell you there are no heroes left...#stoners #WeedLovers https://t.co/SlfriB4TOR— michaeldane (@michaeldane)1580261684.0
Anyway, Boston will next appear in court on charges for possession and disorderly conduct on April 14, which is just rude.
The least they could have done is set his court date for 4/20.