National Post Explores the Grey Area Between Now and Looming Cannabis Legalization

Article by Lori Culbert, National Post


Planning to go skiing this winter in Alberta’s resort towns, or perhaps some fall camping in rural British Columbia?

Better be careful if you want to fire up a joint alongside the chairlift or barbecue.

That’s because police investigate more marijuana possession and trafficking incidents per capita in parts of Western Canada, despite the long-held belief that attitudes toward pot get mellower as you near the Pacific Ocean.

Postmedia analyzed 12 years of national crime statistics to determine where you had the highest odds of getting questioned by police for having a small amount of bud. Lake Louise and Jasper have consistently been at the top of the list, and were followed in 2015 by several B.C. mountainside towns including Whistler, Merritt, Hope and Salmo.

But go ahead, puff away, if your travels take you to some parts of Central and Eastern Canada, where police investigate fewer pot possession cases. That’s not because no one imbibes in the eastern half of the country — the highest provincial rate of marijuana use per resident is in Nova Scotia, while Alberta has the third lowest.

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