Ontario Man Confronting $395 in fines for”illegal” cannabis in car

Ontario Man facing $395 in fines for”illegal” cannabis in car

Cannabis could be lawful, but that doesn’t mean you can’t get into trouble over it anymore- take this unlucky man from Ontario, who’s confronting several cannabis-related fines.

The 26 year-old is confronting two fines for “driving a car with cannabis readily available” AND “unlawfully purchasing cannabis”, according to Global News.

The two tickets will charge him $215 and $180, respectively, which adds up to $395!

That’s a lot of cash for just having some cannabis in his car- 27 grams to be exact- and even though it puts him under the 30 g limit, the cannabis was seized and he was billed anyways.

I m going to go out on a limb and assume that the guy was carrying 27 grams of cannabis in the kind of flower Though it hasn ’ t been specified. For those not familiar with dried cannabis flower, having cannabis in that form within arm’s reach isn’t exactly like having an opened can of beer on the seat beside you- though it’s being treated by authorities as if it were. But cannabis is not dangerous!

Here’s why. You can drive with alcohol within arm’s reach so long as the container is unopened, but when it comes to consuming cannabis, it’s not as easy as cracking open a beer- dried flower has to be combusted (usually in a joint, bong, or pipe) in order to be appreciated, and the fact that Global News and Napanee Today make no mention of the guy smoking while driving just highlights the absurdity in regards to our cannabis laws.

But the guy was billed for more than just  having the cannabis in arm’s reach (possibly from the glovebox or the driver side door)- he bought it from an illegal source, and he (allegedly) admitted that to police when questioned.

That illegal origin was a dispensary based on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, and the legality of dispensaries on First Nations land is a point of contention between Indigenous communities and provincial governments.

According to the Ontario government, all dispensaries currently operating right now are illegal, and brick-and-mortar cannabis stores will remain illegal until at least April 2019- like the ones on First Nations land.  

Which means that until then, the government-run online portal is the only legal choice to acquire cannabis in Ontario.

But First Nations communities such as Tyendinaga assert that “growing cannabis is a valuable part of Indigenous culture and that Indigenous communities need to be able to self-govern their pot sales”, according to Global News.

How to avoid those fines

Kirk Tousaw, a non-practicing attorney who works for an LP, put it succinctly in a Facebook article:
another story in Tyendinaga Territory

A dispensary from the Tyendinaga Territory made headlines back in September over unforgettable security camera footage that saw a courageous budtender battle 3 would-be burglars with nothing but a bong.

Featured image courtesy of Sydenham Current.

Sources

Global News: Man ticketed for buying cannabis from unlicensed Tyendinaga pot shop: OPP.

Released at Wed, 28 Nov 2018 15:00:48 +0000

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