Police-Reported Rates of Cannabis-Related Drug Offences Declined For The Fifth Consecutive Year In 2016

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Police-reported rates of cannabis-related drug offences declined for the fifth consecutive year in 2016 The combined rate of possession, trafficking, production and distribution of drugs other than cannabis and cocaine has been increasing since 2010

Statistics Canada released its annual comparison of police-reported crime statistics today for 2016, showing cannabis-related arrests declining for the fifth year in a row. However, cannabis-related offences still make up over half of all drug-related arrests in Canada.

The report looks at police-reported crime for 2016, across Canada’s 33 Metro Areas.

The rate of possession of cannabis went down by 12% from 2015 with all provinces and territories reporting declines, except for Prince Edward Island, which went up 15% and New Brunswick, which went up 7%. Quebec reported no change.

The report notes there were about 95,400 Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) offences reported by police, representing a rate of 263 per 100,000 population. Of these, more than half (58%) were cannabis-related offences. In 2016, there were about 55,000 cannabis-related drug offences reported to police, about 6,000 less than were reported in 2015. The majority of these offences (81%) were possession offences which represented a rate of 122 per 100,000 population, 12% lower than in 2015.

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