The number of people charged with cannabis-related crimes in 2017 was the lowest it’s been in 20 years, according to a Statistics Canada survey released June 23.
About 13,768 people in Canada were charged with possession of up to 30g of cannabis in 2017 , according to statistics reported by police to StatsCan. That’s down from 17,720 in 2016 and 25,819 back in 2013. The rate of pot charges in the country has continued to decrease since 2011.
Despite the overall decline in charges, however, some parts of the country are still enforcing the soon-to-be-expired prohibition laws. The city of Montreal (and the rest of Quebec) has seen an increase in cannabis possession charges for the past 20 years. Quebec has been one of the strictest provinces with regards to cannabis legislation, some aspects of which contradict those set out by the federal government in the Cannabis Act.
Some of the cities that have experienced the biggest drop in cannabis possession charges over the past few years include Barrie, Windsor, Halifax, Calgary, and Winnipeg.
Nunavut saw the biggest drop in charges with a reduction of 32%, followed by the Northwest Territories with 29% and Alberta with 24% from 2015-16.