June 25, 2013 - 10:19 AM
JUDGE HANDS MEDICINAL MARIJUANA USERS FINES FOR NO LICENSING
KAMLOOPS - Two medicinal marijuana users were handed fines today after being caught 'living outside the law.'
Landon Muzio and Scott Day pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court after being caught with 11 pounds of freshly cut marijuana — about five and a half of it usable — when they were pulled over by police near Kamloops Lake.
RCMP noticed the vehicle had a low tire when they pulled the two men over, smelled a strong vegetative smell and subsequently found 10 Rubbermaid bins of marijuana.
The two men were harvesting together strictly for their own personal medicinal purposes, each suffering from arthritis, however neither of them were licensed under Health Canada.
B.C. Supreme Court Justice Kathleen Ker said despite them committing a 'minor' offence, they were 'living outside the law.'
"It is an open flouting of the law and the Criminal Code," she said.
She said there is a viable avenue to live within the law and possess marijuana legally for medicinal purposes.
Muzio has since been licensed and Day is in the process of being licensed.
Ker was satisfied that the two men showed remorse by pleading guilty, and had since made efforts to live within the law by going through the proper avenues of licensing.
Muzio was handed a $1,250 fine for the primary role and Day was handed a $500 fine.
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