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West Van PD issue reminder after department's first ticket under new Cannabis legislation

Last Updated Nov 7, 2018 at 9:10 am PDT

(Courtesy West Vancouver PD via Twitter)

West Van PD reminding people to educate themselves on the rules around cannabis use, possession, after ticket issued

West Vancouver Police have issued their first fine under the new Cannabis Control and Licensing Act

Calgary driver handed $230 fine after officers say they spotted a marijuana pipe in the 23-year-old's car, within reach

WEST VANCOUVER (NEWS 1130) – An Alberta man has been slapped with a $230 fine for having a pipe within reach in his car.

West Vancouver Police Constable Jeff Palmer says the ticket was issued after a car was pulled over during a road block Tuesday morning near the Lions Gate Bridge.

“The officer observed that there was a pipe with some suspected cannabis in it, visible in the centre console area of the vehicle,” he tells NEWS 1130. “Possessing cannabis in a motor vehicle is prohibited under the new Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.”

The ticket marks the West Vancouver Police Department’s first under the new legislation. Palmer says there was no evidence of impairment, so the 23-year-old driver was sent on is way after the violation ticket was written.

Under the new B.C. Cannabis Act, adults 19 years of age or older are legally allowed to possess and share (with adults) up to 30 grams of legal marijuana.

When it come to driving, impairment from cannabis is not allowed, much like with alcohol. An adult is only allowed to have pot in their car if it isn’t readily accessible to the driver or any passengers, and is in its sealed packaging.

Palmer says this situation is part of an education process for all drivers, under new law.

“Very similar to the Liquor Control Act prohibition on open liquor in a vehicle, it prohibits possession in an area of a vehicle that’s accessible or under control of a driver, possession by anyone,” he says. “It’s important for people to have an understanding of what is and isn’t allowed under the new Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.”

He’s urging people to get informed, and points to a number of online resources.

“The simple message is, obviously, there’s a learning process for everybody given that, yes this substance is now legal to possess, but it is subject to a number of safety-related restrictions and other restrictions under, in this case, the provincial Cannabis Control and Licensing Act.”