B.C. police more frequently investigate people for possessing pot than officers in any other province, a trend fuelled by the RCMP in rural detachments, according to an exclusive Postmedia database of marijuana crime in Canada.
The mountainside communities of Salmo, Clinton, McBride, Hope, Valemount, Merritt and Whistler had the highest number of police probes into pot possession per capita in 2015 in B.C., and are ranked third through ninth in Canada (trailing behind Lake Louise and Jasper, nationally).
In Lake Louise, there were 40 pot-possession probes for every 1,000 people last year; the rates in the top seven B.C. towns ranged from 27 files in Salmo to 14 in Whistler per 1,000 residents.
These are police-reported numbers compiled by Statistics Canada, which Postmedia downloaded, analyzed and turned into several online searchable databanks and maps that contain information on 1,132 municipalities across the country.
The stats show that police attitudes toward pot possession are really an urban-rural divide in the 200 B.C. municipalities we analyzed.