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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.

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

driving ticket issued

Driver carrying cannabis in or on a vehicle (ie: not in a trunk; same fine for off-road vehicles): $237

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