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Police won't say whether a 36-year-old's alleged pot smoking on the steps of the Guelph courthouse was an act of protest, but they did say "he got what was coming to him." (Ed Andrieski/Associated Press)

Police say a 36-year-old Guelph man who allegedly smoked a marijuana pipe on the steps of the Guelph courthouse "got what was coming to him" when he was arrested for marijuana possession Wednesday. 

"This is obviously somebody who doesn't care about the law, and seemed to think they can do whatever they want," Guelph Police Const. Michael Gatto said Thursday. "He got what was coming to him." 

Gatto couldn't say whether the suspect's motives for lighting up in such a high profile place was an act of political protest. But he acknowledged man's alleged act of flouting the law right on the courthouse steps was unique.

"Certainly people have smoked marijuana in public before," Gatto said.

"But to have someone do it right there at the courthouse, that's the first time I've ever seen that happen." 

The man is scheduled to appear in a Guelph court on August 19.