Riders receiver Duron Carter is facing two separate marijuana possessions charges, both stemming from incidents in Western Canadian airports.
Carter was caught with more than 30 grams of marijuana at Winnipeg International Airport on Nov. 25, 2017, according to the Regina Leader-Post.
Under the current Criminal Code,for a first offence involving possession of 30 grams of marijuana could lead to a $1,000 fine and a year in jail.
And while personal marijuana use is slated to become legal in Canada this summer, possession of more than 30 grams will still be against the law.
Carter was also found with marijuana at the Saskatoon airport last week, though details on the amount have yet to be reported.
The Leader-Post spoke to Regina defence attorney Barry Nychuk who didn’t address the Carter specifically but spoke to the generalities of possession cases in Saskatchewan. From the story:
Nychuk said that many people charged with marijuana possession in Regina or Saskatoon are often sent to alternative measures programs, which diverts the cases out of the criminal justice system.
“You don’t even get a slap on the wrist if it’s diverted,’’ Nychuk said. “Some people who do plead guilty to it and, for whatever reason it’s not sent to the (Regina Alternative Measures Program), they will often receive absolute or conditional discharges.’’
Being caught in an airport could change the circumstances for Carter.
“Is it going to be considered an aggravating circumstance with respect to sentencing? If the purpose of the possession is personal use, then the answer is no. If the purpose for transporting it was for selling it, then it’s more serious. In this situation, it’s simply marijuana possession.’’
Carter will appear in Winnipeg court Feb. 15 and Saskatoon March 27.