Police In Canada Have Issued A $2,542 Ticket After A 13 Year Old Admitted He Smoked Marijuana
The punishments are severe.
Recreational marijuana has been legal in Canada for just under two weeks, but already the process has proved tumultuous.
In Quebec, for example, the société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC), the government-run agency with a monopoly on cannabis sales, has already cleared its shelves, both in store and online.
TL;DR Manitoba police have given a $2,542 ticket to a man who provided a thirteen-year-old with marijuana.
As a result, the SQDC announced that it is closing its storefronts Monday through Wednesday in an effort to keep up with demand and give suppliers more time to produce viable stock.
The enforcement of new cannabis laws has also seen complications. Because there is no precedent for marijuana-related offenses while the drug is legal, police have been unsure exactly how to enforce untested and sometimes ambiguous regulations.
But such setbacks have not deterred police when it comes to high driving. Across the country, officers have established mandatory road stops to catch individuals who get behind the wheel after enjoying their legal product.
Now it seems police have begun to issue tickets for cannabis offenses relating to minors.
The punishments for providing weed to anyone under 18 (under 19 in some areas) are strict in every province.
Now that severity has become even more apparent.
According to CTV, Manitoba police have issued a $2,542 fine to a man accused of supplying a thirteen-year-old with marijuana.
This appears to be the priciest ticket for such an offense since legalization.
Prime minister Justin Trudeau has long argued that the legalization of recreational cannabis would empower law enforcement to more aggressively pursue cases where minors receive weed from a person above the legal age of consumption.
The cornerstone of legalizations efforts was the promise that it would keep the drug out of the hands of children.
Those efforts are now becoming clear.