Expired licences a problem for Falkland resident

Both his car insurance and medical marijuana licence had expired, resulting in problems for a Falkland resident.

An RCMP officer working in the Falkland area Thursday noticed a vehicle in the Petro Canada gas station parking lot at around 10 p.m.

The vehicle was parked and the officer noticed its validation decal had expired in May.

“The officer did a motor vehicle check and confirmed the vehicle had no insurance,” said RCMP spokesperson Gord Molendyk.

For that reason, the officer was able to pull the car over when he noticed it traveling southbound towards Vernon.

The officer and the driver, said Molendyk, had some previous dealings.

“The driver told the officer he was heading to Vernon hospital for medical reasons and did not have anyone to drive him,” said Molendyk. “The driver told the officer he had no insurance but had no other way of driving.”

While dealing with the driver, the officer noticed an odour of marijuana inside the vehicle. The driver told the officer he had a medical marijuana license and was allowed to possess marijuana.

“The driver showed signs of impairment and indicated he had smoked a joint several hours prior,” said Molendyk.

The officer asked to see the medical license.

Unfortunately for the 45-year-old man, that licence had expired as well.

“The officer advised the Falkland resident that he could be charged for possession of marijuana,” said Molendyk, adding  66.5 grams of marijuana in two Ziploc bags were seized at the time.

The driver was issued a 24-hour prohibition, and a violation ticket for no insurance. The vehicle was towed.

Molendyk said he wasn’t sure if the man actually went to the hospital after his dealings with police.


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