Just hours after cannabis was legalized on Wednesday, two teens in Langford were fined $230 each for being in possession of marijuana.
West Shore RCMP said officers were conducting foot patrols near Belmont Secondary in a park well known to be used by young people to smoke marijuana and drink alcohol.
“Although cannabis is now legal for adults in Canada, it is illegal for anyone under the age of 19 years old to possess or consume. Police are focusing on enforcement for anyone in contravention of the Cannabis Control and Licencing Act,” said Const. Darren Somerville of the West Shore RCMP.
The officers found two youth in possession of pot and both were fined under Section 73 of the new B.C. Cannabis Control and Licencing Act.