One hour after Canada legalized pot, Winnipeg police issued their first ticket for toking and driving. (CBC News)
Around 1 a.m., Winnipeg Police Service traffic division Insp. Gord Spado says one of his officers issued the ticket during a traffic stop.
“An hour into legality, and something illegal,” Spado said Wednesday.
Spado said while the cannabis was likely illegally purchased — online sales started at 12:01 a.m. but weren’t being delivered yet at 1 a.m. — no ticket was issued for that.
“It doesn’t look like anything was pursued as far as the illicit component of it goes,” he said. “I think that’s just the education piece of our members, knowing where to go with that. It’s still new to us, too, right, so we’re still learning.”
The ticket came with a $672 fine.