RCMP have issued 75 cannabis-related tickets since Oct. 17, 2018. Of those, 57 were for unlawful transportation of cannabis in a vehicle while 11 were for consumption of cannabis in a vehicle.
RCMP say the numbers are not a true reflection of what is really happening when it comes to cannabis use in cars.
Manitoba RCMP Sgt. Paul Manaigre said officers can only issue tickets for infractions they catch, and they know there are more people out there driving drug-impaired or with improperly stored product in their vehicles.
“What these numbers suggest is there is a learning curve since the law came into effect in October,” Manaigre said.
In addition to issuing the 75 tickets, RCMP have launched four investigations for motorists suspected of driving high — lab results are still pending.
They also issued two in-field license suspensions.
Manaigre said that while officers are always looking, they are not specifically focusing on cannabis offences.
“They’re enforcing what they see … say you might conduct a traffic stop for speeding and come into contact with someone who’s consuming cannabis in the vehicle, you’re going to act on what you find at the time,” Manaigre said.
Inside the Perimeter, Winnipeg Police said they have issued 52 cannabis-related tickets since October.