97. The thing seized shall be returned to the owner or person who had possession of it in the following cases:
(1) 90 days have elapsed from the date of the seizure and no penal proceedings have been instituted and no complaint has been filed with the board;
(2) the person authorized to make an inquiry is of opinion, after verification within that period, that no offence against this Act or its regulatory instruments has been committed and no rule violation has occurred, or that the owner or person who had possession of the thing seized has, since the seizure, complied with this Act and its regulatory instruments.
A justice of the peace may, on the application of the seizor, order that the period of detention be prolonged for a maximum of 90 days.
1987, c. 103, s. 97; 1993, c. 39, s. 95; 1992, c. 61, s. 241.