Winnipeg police issued first driving ticket for consuming marijuana in a car one hour after cannabis was legalized.
About 1 am, Gord Spado, Winnipeg Police Service traffic division Insp. said that one of his officers issued the ticket during a traffic stop.
So … this happened early this morning: A Consume Cannabis in a Motor Vehicle ticket was issued. Just like alcohol, consuming cannabis is legal – and like alcohol, consuming it in your vehicle is **not**. #KnowYourRole pic.twitter.com/RR9AUBv4RN
— Winnipeg Police (@wpgpolice) October 17, 2018
Noting that it will be difficult to decide if the pot has been illegally purchased, says Spado.
Ticketing people for consuming edibles in vehicles will be another challenge.
Spado said, “If somebody has an edible in a car and we can prove it, that’s also an offence.”
Last year, when changes came in with the Cannabis Harm Prevention Act, WPS officers issued two citations for transporting marijuana.
Fines for New Cannabis Offences:
Growing non-medical cannabis in a residence in Manitoba: $2,542
Supplying cannabis to a young person under age: 19$2,542
Smoking or vaping cannabis in a public place: $672
Smoking or vaping cannabis in provincial parks: $672
Consuming cannabis in or on a vehicle on a highway: $672
Consuming cannabis in or on off-road vehicle: $672
Driver carrying cannabis in or on a vehicle (ie: not in a trunk; same fine for off-road vehicles): $237