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Traffic stop leads to speeding, pot charges for 19-year-old

Police would like to remind the public that even though cannabis is now legal, it is still against the law to have it readily available in the vehicle
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ESPANOLA - On Saturday, April 27, 2019, an officer from the Manitoulin Detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP) was conducting traffic enforcement on Highway 17 in Baldwin Township, Ontario.

At approximately 7:24 p.m., the officer observed a traffic violation and conducted a traffic stop. After speaking with the driver, the officer observed cannabis within reach of the driver.

As a result of the investigation, a 19-year-old female from Sudbury, Ontario was issued two provincial offences 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

The OPP would like to remind the public that although cannabis is now legal to possess and consume, it is not legal to have cannabis in a vehicle or boat unless one or both of the following conditions are met:

  1. Cannabis is in its original packaging and has not been opened; OR
  2. 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, please visit Ontario Provincial Police: