Windsor police issue first ticket for driving with cannabis in vehicle
Sarnia OPP also fined a man for having marijuana in the vehicle
Windsor police have handed out their first ticket related to legalized cannabis in Canada, after a man was allegedly found with cannabis "readily available" in his vehicle while driving.
"That is an offence under the Cannabis Act and that ticket, with the victim fine surcharge, is $215," said Sgt. Steve Betteridge.
The man was ticketed during a R.I.D.E. inspection on Thursday night — the first conducted by the Windsor Police Service since the new cannabis laws came into effect on Oct. 17.
There were two separate inspections with more than 800 vehicles checked by police officers over a two-hour period, according to Betteridge.
Windsor police arrested and charged another man with impaired operation of a motor vehicle during the traffic check.
Betteridge said officers suspected the drug involved is cannabis.
How to avoid a cannabis ticket while traveling with legal marijuana:
Same ticket issued in Sarnia
The Ontario Provincial Police in Sarnia also issued their first ticket under the Cannabis Act on Thursday.
The OPP said a 38-year-old Toronto man was stopped by police after reportedly driving "a luxury vehicle" erratically on Highway 402.
He was issued a ticket for $215 after police found cannabis readily available in the vehicle, according to the OPP.
Section 12(1) of the Cannabis Act:
No person shall drive or have the care or control of a vehicle or boat, whether or not it is in motion, while any cannabis is contained in the vehicle or boat.