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OPP finds 300 pot plants in vehicle undergoing safety check

Jul 15, 2022 | Media Partners, The GrowthOp

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A 58-year-old caught at Wellington County faces two charges under the Cannabis Act.

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A driver hauling 300 cannabis plants is likely rethinking his decision after the commercial vehicle he was driving was pulled over for a safety inspection and the illegal cargo discovered.

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In a tweet from the Wellington County detachment of the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP), the service reports commercial motor vehicle inspections were being done in southwestern Ontario as part of Operation Safe Driver Week.

Once in the inspection area to undergo a safety and records check in Arthur on July 13, officers found the 300 illegal plants.

  1. The arrest follows a busy week for the OPP in Kenora, where Canada Day celebrations lead to 16 drunk driving charges. PHOTO BY JULIE OLIVER /POSTMEDIA

    Ontario driver found unconscious behind the wheel faces a number of drug charges

  2. Cannabis production and processing operation reportedly ended with police seizing 45,000-plus illegal marijuana plants and eight metric tonnes of processed weed. / PHOTO BY NATHAN DENETTE /Canadian Press

    Ontario police seize cannabis worth $61 million

  3. Both traffic stops occurred around 1 a.m. /

    Two drivers face separate cannabis charges after being stopped by OPP

Although cannabis is legal throughout Canada, adults cannot possess more than four cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering.

According to CTV News, a 58-year-old was charged with possessing more than four cannabis plants (not budding or flowering) and distributing more than four cannabis plants (not budding or flowering), both contraventions of the Cannabis Act, as well as driving a commercial motor vehicle without a valid commercial vehicle operator’s registration (CVOR) certificate, contrary to Ontario’s Highway Traffic Act.

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In Ontario, drivers of commercial vehicles require a valid CVOR certificate, must ensure their information is up to date, must either carry the certificate or a copy of it in the vehicle and show the certificate to enforcement or police officers during inspections, notes information from the Ontario government.

Among other things, the CVOR system includes information on fleet size, kilometres travelled, overall violation rate, safety rating, convictions and reportable collisions.

The penalty for distributing more than four cannabis plants that are not budding or flowering is up to 14 years in prison, per the federal justice department, while the fine for driving a motor vehicle without a CVOR is $175.

Close-up of illegal weed plants found inside commercial vehicle. /
Close-up of illegal weed plants found inside commercial vehicle. / Photo by Ontario Provincial Police

According to Blackburn News, the accused will appear in provincial court in Guelph at a later date.

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Although not in a commercial vehicle, but still the result of a required stop, about seven times that number of plants were discovered this past spring when an Ontario driver tried to evade a mandatory RIDE stop. The driver was quickly apprehended and the haul of 2,000 cannabis plants found inside his vehicle.

A man driving a U-Haul in California containing weed also found out that opting not to stop when required is never a good idea. The driver was charged with conspiracy and possession and transportation of marijuana in 2020 after deciding to bypass some weigh scales, attracting the eye of California Highway Patrol.

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