In Statistics Canada’s annual report, released today, it was revealed that the number of cannabis-related offences reported to police is down. For the fifth straight year, cannabis crimes are on the decline in Canada.
In 2016, approximately 55,000 offences related to marijuana were reported to police, that’s 6,000 less than 2015. Similarly, 17,733 people were charged with marijuana possession last year, 3,600 less than 2015.
The number of Canadians using cannabis is on the rise, so these numbers may be relative to the looming cannabis legalization date, which is July 1, 2018. More information is sure to be released, but you can read more on the Statistics Canada report on CBC.