Thorne Peters was on trial Wednesday on felony marijuana charges from a February 2015 arrest.(Photo: Mark Weber/The Commercial Appeal)Buy Photo
Wearing a cannabis plant necklace and a long black robe, pro-pot advocate Thorne Peters defended himself on marijuana charges and a gun charge Wednesday in an afternoon punctuated by yelling between him and the judge.
Judge Bobby Carter repeatedly asked Peters to stop editorializing and opining in front of the jury as Peters acted as his own attorney during the first day of testimony in his trial in Shelby County Criminal Court.
“This is not productive,” Carter said.
“I know it’s not,” said Peters, who told The Commercial Appeal he had smoked as much pot as he possibly could on Wednesday.
“And it’s because of you,” Carter said.
“No, it’s because of you,” Peters told the judge, who immediately asked the jury to step out.
“This is your last chance. You are in contempt. You are absolutely in contempt of this court,” Carter said, before telling Peters to stop pulling out documents, stop characterizing them in front of the jury and