Pot use leads to gun seizures

Heading out hunting while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law.

Heading out hunting while under the influence of alcohol or drugs is against the law.

Conservation officers have had five cases since September where hunters were stopped at roadblocks and found to have been using marijuana.

“They lost their (hunting) licenses and firearms for 24 hours,” said Josh Lockwood, officer.

“There is no tolerance.”

Being impaired while hunting poses a public risk and could also impact the environment.

“We’re talking about safety and being able to properly identify the (animal) species you are shooting at,” said Lockwood.

“We don’t want people using a controlled substance with firearms in the bush.”

In a case on the weekend, one individual told conservation officers his marijuana was for medical purposes.

“He was still suspended,” said Lockwood.

Conservation officers also have the authority to  take someone’s driver’s license if they are found to be over the legal alcohol limit.

“There are lots of people in the backcountry and we can’t have impaired drivers on forest service roads,” said Lockwood.

 

Vernon Morning Star

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