On behalf of Nicholas St-Pierre avocat / lawyer posted in drug charges on Tuesday, August 8, 2017.
Proposed legislation on the topic of recreational use has made this a hot topic. Many people in Ontario and across Canada are paying attention to the statistics surrounding marijuana offences. Despite an increase in drug charges, the number of pot offences reported to the police were down again last year. The numbers come from a recent Statistics Canada report, which shows that arrests related to the drug are down for the fifth year in a row.
This may signal a change in attitudes among Canadians as many people are choosing not to contact the police regarding marijuana possession and other pot-related crimes. The total tally of police-reported crime related to the substance was 55,000, which is 6,000 less than the year prior. This statistic stands in stark contrast to other numbers showing that use of the drug is increasing.