Article by Chris Halliday, Orangeville Banner
Ontario hasn’t exactly legalized pot. It has only legalized Ontario Cannabis Store (OCS) pot.
Black market cannabis remains illegal. And to be blunt, police services are struggling to determine how to differentiate between legal vs. illegal and enforce drug possession laws in this new era under the Cannabis Act.
Do police officers let individuals possessing under 30 grams go whether it may have been purchased on the black market or not? How do they go about fining people $150 for the unlawful purchase of cannabis as laid out under the act?
“Proving that the cannabis was or wasn’t purchased through the Ontario Cannabis Store may pose a challenge,” said Orangeville police Const. Scott Davis. “The rules and regulations may evolve to add more clarity, but at this time, I see that as being a challenge based on the information we’ve been given to date.”
If individuals over the age of 19 are found to be in the possession of fewer than 30 grams, Dufferin OPP isn’t going to hassle you over whether you’re holding OCS or black market pot.
Conversely, police services in Orangeville and Shelburne are going to treat incidents on a “case-by-case basis,” but both aren’t quite sure how officers are going to be able to differentiate street from OCS pot.