Richter slows down cannabis delivery drivers

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A Niagara man who became a cannabis delivery driver to supplement his income during the initial COVID-19 lockdown has been placed under house arrest.

Adam Kowal, 45, received a nine-month suspended sentence after pleading guilty to the Ontario Court of Justice in St. Catharines Monday of possessing cannabis for dissemination, a violation of cannabis law.

The first six months of the sentence are served under house arrest.

The court was told that Niagara Regional Police were called to a residential street in Chippawa on May 22, 2020 in response to a driver smoking cannabis in a parked vehicle.

The police stopped behind the car and spoke to Kowal. They noticed a strong smell of marijuana and noticed a freshly burned joint on the floor outside the driver’s side window.

Police searched the vehicle and found a lot of cash and a “significant amount” of cannabis products, including dried cannabis, cannabis edibles, individual joints and CBD oil.

The value of the confiscated items was estimated at $ 13,000.

“Apparently he tried some of the product, which brought the police to his attention,” noted Judge Donald Wolfe.