A number of Canadian drivers have been busted for having weed in there cars lately. This has especially been the case in Ontario where province-wide holiday RIDE checks are taking place all month long.
Since legalization, a big focus has been put on the consequences of driving high. What many Canadians might not realize though is even if you're completely sober, you can still be charged for having open weed in the car.
When it comes to having weed in your car it's not fully illegal but there are some rules that you should be aware of. The biggest is that any cannabis you have has to be in a sealed container and out of reach of the driver. This is pretty much the exact same as the rules about alcohol.
Just like alcohol, you can't have open weed or loose joints in the car anywhere, especially not anywhere that's accessible to the driver. It doesn't have to be in its original packaging but it does have to be in a completely sealed container or Ziploc bag. It is also illegal for passengers in a car to smoke or otherwise consume cannabis.
After a number of charges being laid in Ontario recently, the Ontario Provincial Police are now warning people about how to drive with weed legally. They say the best place for it is sealed, in a bag, and in the trunk, where it would be the least accessible to anyone in the car, including the driver.
There are some harsh penalties for breaking these laws in Canada, in most cases, it's a steep fine. In Ontario, for example, drivers caught with open pot in their car will be fined $125 and in BC this fine is around $230. Meanwhile, in Nova Scotia, a driver was charged $295 for having open weed. In Manitoba, another person was charged over $600 for having consumed cannabis in a car.
In Ontario, daily RIDE checks are continuing throughout the entire month. Police in other Canadian provinces have also been conducting regular impaired driving checks since legalization on October 17th.