Article by Patrick Cain, Global News
Federal prosecutors are handling about half of the minor marijuana possession charges that they did before the last federal election, figures released to Global News show.
In the 2014-15 fiscal year, the last of Stephen Harper’s Conservative government, federal Crowns prosecuted over 8,000 charges for possession of cannabis under 30 grams. The following year, that had fallen to about 6,000, and in the 2016-17 fiscal year, it was just over 4,000. (The law assumes that amounts under 30 grams are for personal use, not trafficking.)