Compassion Club Card Doesn’t Make Pot Legal

Article by Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week

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Cards from compassion clubs do not offer legal protection for possessing marijuana — a lesson a Vernon man learned the hard way in a Kamloops courtroom on Thursday.

Marty David Stubbs was fined $500 after pleading guilty to possession of a controlled substance.

The 34-year-old was pulled over by Kamloops Mounties on Victoria Street on July 6. Inside his vehicle, police found a cooler containing 158 grams of marijuana.

Court heard Stubbs pulled out a card he received from a compassion club in the Okanagan.

The officer threw it away and Stubbs was arrested.

Defence lawyer Don Campbell said Stubbs received the card after a Skype meeting with someone claiming to be a doctor. Stubbs complained about insomnia and other mild ailments.

Campbell said Stubbs has learned his lesson.

“Unless you’ve got a Health Canada certificate, it’s an offence,” Campbell said. “He knows that now.”

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