Cops: Mom Smoked Joint to Celebrate 1st Day of School

Vancouver Island woman was obviously happy that summer is over
By Linda Hervieux,  Newser Staff
Posted Sep 8, 2016 8:15 AM CDT
Cops: Mom Smoked Joint to Celebrate 1st Day of School
In this file photo a woman smokes marijuana during a demonstration in favor of legalizing the drug outside the Senate in Mexico City in April 2012.   (AP Photo/Eduardo Verdugo)

This is one way to send your kids off to school. When cops on Canada's Vancouver Island pulled over a car speeding in a school zone on Tuesday morning, a telltale scent wafted from the window, reports CTV. “It was pretty evident that the people in that car, or the driver herself, had been smoking a joint prior to being stopped,” says Saanich Police Sgt. John Price. The driver “did admit to smoking a joint and tried to excuse it away by saying her and some of the other moms this morning had a celebratory joint, celebrating that the kids were back in school,” Price explains. The unidentified woman told cops she lit up with other moms before getting in the car. She was cited for the speeding offense, though not for toking up, CBC reports.

Saanich PD tweeted that the driver was given a sobriety test. Responding on Twitter, one man rapped cops for failing to tweet that the woman passed the test and thus wasn't charged with impaired driving. Donnie Villeneuve posted: “why don't you mention that despite smoking this obvious devil weed, she passed the sobriety test and wasn't charged? #shame” The PD responded: “The point is you don't consume intoxicants before driving. And you then don't speed thru school zone while under influence.” Canada is in the process of legalizing marijuana, but Price said that shouldn’t lead anyone to think it’s OK to smoke and drive. “That’s not the case,” he said, per CTV. (In the US, Americans are smoking way more pot these days.)

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