RCMP Investigating Man With Medical-Marijuana Licence After Being Pulled Over

A man who was apprehended by RCMP for possessing 1,100 grams of marijuana — despite possessing a Health Canada licence authorizing possession for personal medical purposes — is under investigation, a police spokesman said.

Sgt. Line Karpish also denied claims by suspect Thaddeus Conrad that he was physically manhandled without cause.

“He resisted arrest,” Karpish said, adding, “I’m not getting into details. We still have to mount a case.”

Karpish said Conrad, 32, was released with a promise to appear in St. Pierre-Jolys Provincial Court on Aug. 27th. Although no formal charges have been laid, the RCMP investigation continues.

“There’s more than one way to skin a cat,” Karpish said.

Conrad was pulled over by a roving Checkstop on Highway 52, west of Steinbach, around 7 p.m. on Saturday. Police say the Honda Odyssey the suspect was driving had a burned out headlight.

Officers noted the odour of marijuana coming from the vehicle, and that Conrad was “uncooperative with officers and resisted arrest.”

In an interview with the Free Press on Sunday, Conrad said he told the officers he had a Health Canada licence authorizing possession of up to 1,080 grams of marijuana for medical use. He notified officers of the licence at the scene. An RCMP press release on Monday confirmed that “Health Canada has confirmed that this individual is authorized — for personal use only — to possess and produce marijuana.”

– Read the entire article at Winnipeg Free Press.

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16 Comments

  1. awesomesound on

    May I put the correct slant:
    This person is supplying me indirectly since I am a MMAR patient and I am serviced by a Compassion Club which has been held in a gray area for 12 years, Health Canada Has and still is mismanaging a critical medication, People that are on this program are ill, since the 1 strain that Health Canada has (a Sativa) good for Depression not so good for chronic pain, patients are forced to get the right medication from underground sources. The Harper Goverment wants Cannabis crushed down and reproduced by synthetics, and mass produced in a blue pill total destroying a plant that has been a main source of medicine for 3000 years.

  2. Anonymous on

    you obviously have never been hasstled by these criminals that call themselves peacofficers

  3. Gil on

    There are so many scenarios one can come up with over this, first the RCMP will do anything to cover there own ass, resiting arrest is a way for them to get away with murder. Second. you say why have 700 cash give me a break, I carry a g at all times, so what who knows when you need money ( blow a tire have to pay a tow truck ect, that’s a joke that 700 isnt even a factor, third saying he has scales, he is licensed aloud to carry 1080 gs he weighs it to be sure he isn’t over, in this case he was a 20g over wtf , scales have to be calibrated all the time1gram over on each of his bags is 20 gs, very reasonable to say a scale is out a gram on 2oz, you think someone would risk this kind of bs over 20gs ya right, give me a break very honest mistake(have you ever had the wrong change givin to you), yes everyone has but is that stealing?ask the RCMP. Fourth the calculator, on a small scale you can only weigh up so much so maybe he had to weigh two amount or maybe 3 to get to 56 grams, well you weigh 22 , then 25, then well that equals 47 so he would need 9, but I know when I am baked the short term memory isn’t the best or maybe he was in conversation with someone and got side tracked, it happens to everyone but good thing he has a calculator to see he just put 22 then 25 and he knows he then will need the 9, accountants use calculators so why can’t he? And as for traveling with his his limit of medicine at once , how do you know he didn’t have one house for growing his meds and one house for living and he just harvested his supply and was taking it to the comfort of his own home. All these are answers and there could be many different scenarios so why is this an issue it should not be this is 100% legit, support him don’t judge him, there are two laws being broken here one is his tail light, other is the RCMP taking matters into there hands before the facts, no hand should have been put on him, that’s assault, just because he has a badge he is aloud, no he isn’t, if Thaddeus put his hand on the cop it’s assault so why isn’t it for them, because he is resisting, no because they consider knowing your rights resisting. Peace to all who support Thaddeus and what he fights for .

    Pei

  4. Anonymous on

    AMEN!!!!!

  5. Getareallicense on

    I too use medicinal but My license stipulates that I buy it from Health Canada at $5 a gram which means 100 grams is $500! If I don’t purchase dried marijuana from Health Canada then I can buy the seeds to grow myself or designate someone to grow for me – all of which I am only allowed to order once monthly. The designated growing companies already send it pre measured and sealed. Your maximum amount allowed to carry is whatever you would be prescribed for a 3 month period. The max dosage recommended in Canada is currently 5 grams a day

    – I am wondering why you are carrying cash to buy medicine?
    – Why 100 grams is $4000?
    – Why would someone need/ want to carry your entire 3 month supply around in your car?
    – if you are taking 5 strands a day isn’t it pretty easy to eyeball a gram of each? Why would you need scales?
    -Where did you get a license where you can buy it in cash on an errand?

    Your extremist views are exactly what is slowing down the legalization process. Makes me wonder who is the ignorant one? My guess is u r a recreational user that had one too many hits before typing your rant. Some of us are really sick and not using it as an excuse to get high.

  6. Getareallicense on

    I too use medicinal but My license stipulates that I buy it from Health Canada at $5 a gram which means 100 grams is $500! If I don’t purchase dried marijuana from Health Canada then I can buy the seeds to grow myself or designate someone to grow for me – all of which I am only allowed to order once monthly. The designated growing companies already send it pre measured and sealed. Your maximum amount allowed to carry is whatever you would be prescribed for a 3 month period. The max dosage recommended in Canada is currently 5 grams a day

    – I am wondering why you are carrying cash to buy medicine?
    – Why 100 grams is $4000?
    – Why would someone need/ want to carry your entire 3 month supply around in your car?
    – If you use as much as you are implying
    – if you are taking 5 strands a day isn’t it pretty easy to eyeball a gram of each? Why would you need scales?
    -Where did you get a license where you can buy it in cash on an errand?

    Your extremist are exactly what is slowing down the legalization process. Makes me wonder who is the ignorant one? My guess is u r a recreational user that had one too many hits before typing your rant. Some of us are really sick and not using it as an excuse to get high.

  7. Anonymous on

    “If he was physically resistant during the arrest, fine, that’s part of police work. Don’t try to play lawyer, just go with what’s happening but don’t physically resist even if you think the police are outside of their authority.”
    Could the “resistance” be that he was reaching for his license? The one piece of evidence the RCMP were ignoring? It wasn’t until he was brought to the station before they looked at the license.

    “However, given that he appeared to be a dealer (multiple baggies, scales, large amount of cash) this would be enough evidence to charge him with trafficking.”
    Have you tried fitting an once much less 2 into a sandwich “baggie”? One ounce of loose buds will fill a bag. Two ounces if you really compress it, which does some damage to them. He had 2 ounce baggies. Having them in separate bags keeps it fresher longer.
    Where in the original article was scales mentioned?
    As for cash, well when I’m on a errand run which would include shopping for food, booze and any other supplies I would have a bunch of cash to pay for them. Groceries about $100.00 for a single person, $300.00 for a family, and that would be every 2-3 weeks. Booze can easily run me $100.00 to $200.00 How about any other household supplies?

    “The police are not required to ask everybody they pull over, “excuse me but I can detect an odor of marijuana coming from your vehicle, do you happen to have a medical marijuana licence that would justify this odor?”. Granted, the way things are going with marijuana possession, maybe they should be required to ask this upon detecting an odor of marijuana.”
    I agree, they should be asking to see a license. Instead they jack-boot him to the ground and cause even more pain and suffering, exasperating his ailment. He should sue them for that.

    “Since a person is licensed to only a specific amount of weed (in this case 1080 grams) then police should be required to confirm that they do in fact only have 1080 grams.”
    With some fresh stuff you can easily lose a significant amount of weight due to moisture evaporation in a few hours or couple of days.

  8. Anonymous on

    2 baggies…ooooo….different strains for different pains,you ever hear of that? i need about 5 different strains daily. so when you find me with 8 or 10 different baggies, im not traffiking, just replacing the 20 different opioids that would kill me. 700 cash…ooooooooo….. my 100 gramms is worth 4000$, i carry 1000$ with me all the time, just in case i come across good medecine, dont wanna miss the opportunity. a scaling tool…oooooo… i have to dose my medecine, and or make sure that what i may be buying is on point. he had 1100 instead of 1080 gramms…ooooo… you people have no respect for the sick and ill. your opinion sits as a genocidal judgment. your opinion murders people. use your smart sense of intuition, would you really want an arrest to happen to your mother or fauther or sister or brother or wife or husband or daughter or son or grandfauther or grandmother or any dear person to you, even if you dont use marijuana????
    if you want your loved ones to be arrested for using medecine or any other drug for whatever reason they may be using it, go to hellllllllllllll. and thank you for going willingly, right now. and that is all just my opinion.

  9. Anonymous on

    If you had bothered to read the article, you would you read that the officers pulled him over for a burned out headlight. Legal reason for a stop. Once speaking with the subject, they could smell the weed. Legal reason for an arrest (they were within their authority for an arrest). If he was physically resistant during the arrest, fine, that’s part of police work. Don’t try to play lawer, just go with what’s happening but don’t physically resist even if you think the police are outside of their authority. That’s up for the courts to decide. The police are generally acting in good faith. Once the officers determined that he was in possession of a valid health Canada licence, they could release him. However, given that he appeared to be a dealer (multiple baggies, scales, large amount of cash) this would be enough evidence to charge him with trafficking.

    The police are not required to ask everybody they pull over, “excuse me but I can detect an odor of marijuana coming from your vehicle, do you happen to have a medical marijuana licence that would justify this odor?”. Granted, the way things are going with marijuana possession, maybe they should be required to ask this upon detecting an odor of marijuana.

    Since a person is licenced to only a specific amount of weed (in this case 1080 grams) then police should be required to confirm that they do in fact only have 1080 grams. This might be a bit of a grey area, and unfortunately (until marijuana is finally legalized), situations like this will continue to arise and will have to be brought before the courts and debated, and the circumstances scrutinized. It’s for this reason it should be legalized. A waste of police resources, tax payers dollars, court system dollars to prosecute somebody for selling a substance that shouldn’t be illegal in the first place. Meth dealers are MUCH more dangerous and worth an expensive police operation.

    Just my humble opinion.

  10. Anonymous on

    Considering the newly announced changes to the Medical Marijuana program here in Canada — one of those changes that will disallow patients to grow their own marijuana because of the apparent potential for abuse, one of the examples cited as being some patients presumably having grown more marijuana than they were permitted for the purposes of trafficking — this article and case seems suspiciously convenient for the Conservative caucus.

  11. Anonymous on

    A men to that. These hot-headed criminals get to circumvent the law because they took a two year college course an went through police academy. Now they have a tax-funded union to pay for their lawyers in order to modify their stories to help these criminals “abide by the law” while they break it.

    Last time a cop tried to kidnap me and claim I was “resisting” lost 8 sick days and three pension years and his detachment had to pay me $25,000 reparation + my lawyer fees.

    Best thing is to know the law, know your rights and know how to enforce them. Not only does that knowledge help weed out the “bad apples” in the force, but it helps protect you.

  12. Conky_Jr on

    No charges, just “we’re gonna build a case against him for somethin’, hyuk…”

    This is the Canadian Police State.

  13. Anonymous on

    “He resisted arrest, that’s all I’m going to say about that”. What permitted the officer to arrest the individual? The suspect/victim in this case was NOT breaking ANY laws, sounds like he resisted kidnapping.. Let this be a reminder to police: you can’t arrest people you don’t like and you can’t just say “he was resisting” to justify your unneeded physical abuse!

  14. Anonymous on

    “He resisted arrest, that’s all I’m going to say about that”. What permitted the officer to arrest the individual? The suspect/victim in this case was NOT breaking ANY laws, sounds like he resisted kidnapping.. Let this be a reminder to police: you can’t arrest people you don’t like and you can’t just say “he was resisting” to justify your unneeded physical abuse!

  15. Anonymous on

    you would

  16. Anonymous on

    except he was caught with 1100 gr divided up in 2 oz bags (20 of them) $700 cash, 2 cell phones and a calculator, id investigate him too.