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Marijuana Guilty Plea Delayed By Lawyer's Schedule

Rocky Balboa

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Ricky Logan Simpson, the Maccan-area man who says he has found the cure for cancer in a marijuana oil he produces, is expected to plead guilty to his latest drug-trafficking charge - but not for another couple of weeks.

Mr. Simpson, 58, was expected to enter a plea to the charge in provincial court Thursday, but he appeared without his lawyer, Duncan Beveridge, who couldn't make the trip to Amherst because he was preparing for a Supreme Court jury trial in Halifax.

Mr. Beveridge asked the court in a letter to postpone Mr. Simpson's arraignment on the trafficking charge and said his client planned to plead guilty when he was next in court.

Crown prosecutor Monica MacQueen didn't object to the delay, and Judge Carole Beaton set March 17 as the date for his next appearance.

The latest charge was laid by Amherst police last December as Mr. Simpson left a Supreme Court hearing in Amherst to set a date for sentencing on three drug charges that a jury had convicted him on the previous September.

Earlier this month, Supreme Court Justice Felix Cacchione sentenced Mr. Simpson on those charges, fining him $2,000 and sentencing him to one day in jail - served through his time in court - for unlawfully producing marijuana and possession for the purpose of trafficking.

The third charge of possessing less than 30 grams of marijuana was stayed.

The original charges against Mr. Simpson stemmed from an Aug. 3, 2005, raid by the RCMP on his property on Little Forks Road. The raid netted 1,190 plants that a police marijuana expert said would yield 83,300 grams of usable marijuana that would take a heavy user more than 76 years to smoke.

Justice Cacchione said Mr. Simpson truly believed the paste he made and gave away cured diseases like cancer. He said that Mr. Simpson, unlike any other trafficker he had seen in his years on the bench, did not grow marijuana or make his hemp paste to gain a profit.

Mr. Simpson admitted during his five-day Supreme Court trial that he grew marijuana on his property and turned it into a paste that he said cured a variety of ailments. He also told the court that he distributed the oil free of charge to about 300 people who wanted his cure.

About 30 of his followers applauded the sentence, although some said they felt he should have been given a complete discharge.

Source: Chronicle Herald
Author: Tom McCoag
Copyright: 2008 The Halifax Herald Limited
Website: Nova Scotia News - TheChronicleHerald.ca


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Well if this wasn't for the money could it be that simpson is one of the best people in the universe and we should all go there and give him a surprise party. (Hope he doesn't find out) Gotta give it to Canada. You've got some seriously compassionate people up there. Very nice to hear his "followers" track his progress in court....YAY!!!
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