'An Hour Into Legality,' an Illegal Toke in Canada

They received $515 ticket for using cannabis in vehicle
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Oct 18, 2018 7:15 AM CDT

(Newser) – The first Canadian to buy legal cannabis for recreational use plans to have his purchase framed. It's not clear whether the first person to be ticketed for consuming cannabis in a vehicle under the new law will do the same. Police in Winnipeg, Manitoba, tweeted a picture of the ticket for $672 Canadian ($515 US) and warned that as with alcohol, consuming marijuana in a vehicle is illegal in the province, CTV reports.

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"An hour into legality, and something illegal," traffic division Insp. Gord Spado tells the CBC. He says the ticket was issued at a traffic stop at 1am Wednesday, an hour after the new law took effect. In Ontario early Wednesday, another person received a $215 Canadian ($165 US) ticket for driving a "vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available." (The Canadian pot industry is eyeing the rest of the world.)

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