RIP: Tennessee Stoner Who Lit Up in Court

Spencer Boston smokes a joint in a court in Lebanon, Tennessee.

Spencer Boston staged a protest during a court appearance for a marijuana citation in Lebanon, Tennessee.

As he faced the judge on January 27, 2020, Boston, who was 20 at the time, reached into his pocket, pulled out a joint and a matchbook and sparked it up.

Like a true freedom fighter, Spencer Boston made a brief statement before being removed from court.

He was quickly removed by the bailiff, charged with contempt of court and possession and sentenced to 10 days in jail without bail.

"The people deserve better..."

...Boston declared as he was escorted from the general sessions court.

It's unclear when and where the original citation was given.

Spencer Boston’s mug shot

A GoFundMe page for Boston raised $7,460.

Sadly, Boston died in a car accident on January 21. A "Spencer Boston Day" event has been scheduled for January 27, one year since his joint stunt. The post reads:

To honor him and his courageous act of civil disobedience, upload a photo of you toking (or with your cannabis) and use the hashtags: 



This article was originally posted on Jan. 29, 2020. It was updated on  Jan. 24, 2021.


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Steve Bloom

Steve Bloom

Publisher of, former editor of High Times and Freedom Leaf and co-author of Pot Culture and Reefer Movie Madness.