Article by Tim Petruk, Kamloops This Week
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.”