Despite having medical cannabis permits, a motorist faces charges after Alberta Fish and Wildlife officers found 181 grams of pot during a traffic stop earlier this week.
Officers with Alberta Fish and Wildlife and the Athabasca RCMP Integrated Traffic Unit were screening motorists and hunters Monday when they pulled over a driver believed to be impaired, according to a news release Wednesday.
“It is not uncommon for people to think they can carelessly possess or transport their marijuana or any other prescriptions,” Athabasca RCMP Cpl. Curtis Harsulla said in a news release.
“If you are found with any drugs without proof of lawful possession, it will be seized and believed to be illegal until proven otherwise. The best way to avoid this is to keep your prescriptions in the original labelled packaging, and educate yourself on what is required for you to be in lawful possession.”
Officers smelled marijuana and arrested the motorist on suspicious of drug possession.
The driver had 181 grams in pockets and in the vehicle, but also had medical marijuana permits.
The marijuana seized was not packaged to reflect that it was medicinal and controlled, the release said.
Despite the officer’s belief that the driver was impaired, that was not the case, the release stated.
The driver is also facing charges for having open liquor and liquor within reach of a vehicle occupant.
Charges have not been formally sworn and the driver’s name was not released.