Canadian Senior fined $50 for pot

A senior caught with a bit of marijuana outside a retirement home has been fined $50 in Sarnia court. James Gordon Brown, 66, of Sarnia, pleaded guilty to the Sept. 26, 2011, offence and was fined Monday.

Sarnia police had been called to the home and Gordon was standing outside. Police reported Gordon had four grams of marijuana, but defence lawyer David Stoesser said Gordon believed it was closer to 1.5 grams.

At the time, Gordon’s arrest was called unusual by police because most marijuana arrests involve teenagers or people outside bars, not retirement homes. Justice Mark Hornblower said he overlooked as much of Brown’s criminal record as he could to impose the $50 fine. Brown lives on a pension and had to find a new place to live following his arrest.

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