As another update to our article Guns & Drugs: Canada’s Marijuana Legalization in October 2018 (and updated in November 2018), we now have our first report of a publicized provincial hunting infraction in SK with regard specifically to marijuana.
Convictions were secured in Yorkton Provincial Court regarding the September 2018 incident, which we note was prior to the federal recreational legalization of marijuana in Canada.
In this instance, the danger of a loaded firearm in a vehicle should be highlighted as a specific hazard. Please don’t load a firearm inside or atop a vehicle. If a gun goes off in an enclosed space, a major concern is hearing damage. We’ve communicated with students who have reduced hearing because they’ve been in a vehicle when a firearm was discharged by accident, and we’d like to remind everyone to keep the gun clear until you’re clear of the vehicle.
It is unclear if charges for simple possession of marijuana were prosecuted under the federal Criminal Code, but the Ministry of Environment focused on provincial charges in their news release:
Yorkton Men Fined For Having A Loaded Firearm In A Vehicle And Hunting Under The Influence
Released on February 12, 2019
Two men recently pleaded guilty in a Yorkton Provincial Court to wildlife charges of hunting under the influence of marijuana.
During a patrol in September 2018, Ministry of Environment conservation officers from Duck Mountain discovered two men in a vehicle parked on Wildlife Development Fund lands near Calder, SK. The lands were clearly posted as “foot access only.”
As officers approached the vehicle, they detected a strong odour of burning marijuana. Upon conducting a hunter compliance check, the officers located an unspecified amount of marijuana and a loaded firearm inside the vehicle.
Yorkton residents [Redacted], 37, and [Redacted], 20, were charged with hunting under the influence of a narcotic and being in possession of marijuana.
[Redacted] was also charged with driving with a suspended licence and operating a vehicle on Wildlife Lands. He received a total of $1,250 in fines. [Redacted] was also charged with having a loaded firearm in a vehicle and fined a total of $1,480 for his violations.
Both men received two-year hunting suspensions.
Hunters are reminded that being under the influence of alcohol or narcotics is illegal and extremely dangerous when firearms are involved. Also, Fish and Wildlife Development Fund lands are only accessible by foot, as motor vehicles are not permitted on these lands.
If you suspect wildlife, fisheries, forestry or environmental violations, please call Saskatchewan’s toll-free Turn In Poachers line at 1-800-667-7561, or call #5555 (SaskTel cellular subscribers), or report a violation online at www.saskatchewan.ca/tip. You may be eligible for cash rewards from the SaskTip Reward Program.
For more information, contact:
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RGSL supports the Saskatchewan Ministry of Environment in making sure Saskatchewanians are aware that it’s illegal under the Wildlife Act to hunt under the influence of any drug, narcotic, or alcohol – regardless of whether or not marijuana was recently legalized federally.
RGSL complies with all directives from the CFO, RCMP, and government/support agencies in order to help keep Saskatchewan safe!
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