Local police have charged three drivers for improperly stored cannabis in three separate incidents.
Superior East Ontario Provincial Police say the first incident was on Friday, April 19th, with officers at a R.I.D.E. (Reduce Impaired Drivers Everywhere) check on Highway 101 near Wawa observing open containers of liquor in a vehicle - the driver tested a "0" on a roadside test, but a subsequent search of the vehicle revealed an unspecified "quantity of cannabis" that was readily available.
The 19-year-old Mississauga man was charged with driving vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available and driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available.
On Saturday, April 20th, officers pulled over a vehicle for speeding on Highway 17 in Alanen Township - near White River - with the officers detecting the odour of raw cannabis while speaking with the driver.
A subsequent search of the vehicle revealed a small quantity of cannabis within reach of the driver, leading the 22-year-old Sault Ste. Marie man to be charged with driving vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available and speeding - less than 50 kilometres over posted limit.
On Sunday, April 21st, another vehicle was stopped for a R.I.D.E. check on Highway 17 in Alanen Township near White River, with officers again detecting the odour of raw cannabis from the vehicle - a search revealed an unsealed bottle of liquor in the driver's reach, along with an unspecified quantity of cannabis.
The 21-year-old Thunder Bay man's been charged with driving vehicle or boat with cannabis readily available and driving motor vehicle with liquor readily available.
Superior East OPP remind that - while cannabis is legal to possess and consume - while in a vehicle it must remain in its unopened original packaging or must be packed in baggage that is fastened closed or not otherwise readily available to any person in the vehicle or boat.