73-year-old accused of growing 485 cannabis plants gets delay in case
Lawrence Leger of Pointe-du-Chêne will return to court in November on charge of producing cannabis
A 73-year-old man arrested after police allegedly found 485 pot plants growing in a Pointe-du-Chêne house made a brief court appearance Tuesday on a charge of producing cannabis.
Dressed in a blue sweater and beige pants, Lawrence Leger came to provincial court in Moncton clutching an envelope.
Duty counsel Lise Landry told Judge Camille Vautour that Leger had just received discovery — files concerning his case — and he hadn't had a chance to look them over.
Leger, who was charged in April, has not yet hired a lawyer, Landry said.
The judge agreed to set the matter over until Nov. 13 at 9:30 a.m.
On April 28, police went to the scene of a house fire in Pointe-du-Chêne, near Shediac, where they uncovered what they described as a "multi-stage marijuana grow operation."
Leger was arrested by RCMP after they executed a search warrant.
Recreational use of marijuana becomes legal in Canada on Wednesday.