West Vancouver Driver Receives $230 Fine For Having Pot Pipe Inside Car

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West Vancouver Driver Receives $230 Fine For Having Pot Pipe Inside Car

Recreational cannabis might be legal now across Canada, but one driver in West Vancouver got an expensive reminder that there’s still some laws he has to follow.

A 23-year-old Calgary man found this out the hard way on Tuesday morning. During a police roadblock on the Lions Gate Bridge around 2:00 a.m., officers spotted a cannabis-filled pipe on the dashboard of his 2010 Jeep Patriot.

This incident landed him a $230 ticket.

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The pipe wasn’t lit and officers assumed that the driver wasn’t either. However, it’s still against the law to use cannabis while driving or being inside a vehicle.

Those who are 19 years old and over can possess and transport up to 30 grams marijuana in a vehicle. They just need to have it in a sealed package and away from the driver.

Cannabis can impair each person differently. The impairment on individuals can depend on:

  • The method of consumption, for example how cannabis was consumed (smoked, inhaled, ingested);
  • The quantity of cannabis consumed ;
  • The variety of cannabis and its THC levels, including cannabis prescribed for medical use.

As a result, there is no guidance to drivers about how much cannabis can be consumed before it’s unsafe to drive or how long a driver should wait to drive after consuming cannabis.

Anyone who drives under the influence of cannabis, alcohol, other drugs or a combination of those will receive a 90-day roadside driving ban.

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