Article by Adam Carter, CBC News
Courts attempted to divert criminal charges 83% of the time, yet police enforcement is way up.
Most marijuana possession charges laid by Hamilton police last year were dropped by the courts — even as police enforcement skyrockets and investigators continue to crack down on the city’s pot smokers.
The courts have show little interest in prosecuting the marijuana charges laid by Hamilton police, attempting to divert more than 80 per cent of last year’s 455 possession charges.
They succeeded with 62 per cent of them, painting a picture where the justice system’s most important agencies appear totally out of sync with each other.
Compared to 2006, the number of marijuana-related charges laid in Hamilton has increased by 154 per cent — yet the police service says it doesn’t monitor how many of those charges end in a conviction or guilty plea.