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Pot-Smoking Mountie Ron Francis Pleads Not Guilty To 3 Charges

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A New Brunswick Mountie who made headlines for smoking medical marijuana while in uniform has pleaded not guilty to three charges.

Cpl. Ron Francis is charged with two counts of assaulting a police officer and one count of resisting arrest, stemming from an alleged confrontation with fellow RCMP officers and Fredericton police officers who arrested him on Dec. 6.

Francis did not appear in Fredericton provincial court on Tuesday. Defence lawyer T.J. Burke enter the pleas on his behalf.

A trial has been scheduled for Sept. 3. Three days have been set aside.

Francis, who was previously found fit to stand trial following a 30-day psychiatric assessment, remains released on conditions.

He must  not be in possession of a firearm, not use alcohol or prescription drugs, and not have contact with the alleged victims.

Francis was stripped of his RCMP uniform and placed on medical leave in November after publicly smoking medical marijuana in his red serge. He had a prescription for the drug to treat his post-traumatic stress disorder.

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