Even though cannabis is now legal, police remind the public that readily available cannabis in a vehicle is still against the law
On Saturday, April 27, an officer from the Manitoulin Detachment of the OPP conducted traffic enforcement on Highway 17 in Baldwin Township, Ontario.
Around 7:24 PM, the officer witnessed a traffic violation and performed a traffic stop. While speaking with the driver, the officer observed cannabis within reach of the driver.
Resulting from the investigation, a 19-year-old female from Sudbury, Ontario was issued two provincial offence notices for:
- Speeding 1-49 Km/h over Posted Limit, contrary to section 128 of the Highway Traffic Act; and
- Drive Vehicle or Boat with Cannabis Readily Available, contrary to section 12(1) of the Cannabis Control Act 2017
While cannabis is now legal to possess and consume, the OPP would like to remind the public that it is not legal to have cannabis in a vehicle or boat unless one or both of the following conditions are met:
- Cannabis is in its original packaging and has not been opened; OR
- Cannabis is packed in baggage that is fastened closed or is not otherwise readily available to any person in the vehicle or boat.
For more information, visit https://www.opp.ca/cannabis.