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Pot-Smoking Mountie Has Uniform Seized By RCMP

11/28/2013 05:41 EST | Updated 01/28/2014 05:59 EST
A Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer who believes he should be able to smoke medical marijuana while in uniform has had his uniform seized by fellow Mounties.

Cpl. Ronald Francis, who serves with J Division in New Brunswick, told CBC Newstwo officers showed up at his home at Kingsclear First Nation this evening.

Francis said his cousin videotaped as the officers took his regular uniform. His red serge uniform was not seized as it was at this girlfriend's. 

The Mounties did not take his badge and he is still a police officer, he said.

The seizure came as Francis was pictured smoking the drug while wearing his red serge uniform.

RCMP officials had previously said Francis could not smoke while in uniform.

Francis received a prescription for medical-grade marijuana on Nov. 4.

He says marijuana has helped him to calm down and reduces his PTSD symptoms.

His prescription allows for three grams a day, which he estimates to be nine to 15 joints, though he said he doesn’t typically smoke that much.