Counting Charges: Marijuana in Northern Ontario


Sergeant Carolle Dionne of the North East Region Ontario Provincial Police indicated that resources applied to sniffing out marijuana are part of a bigger picture. “We’re not necessarily targeting someone who has a few joints on them. We come across possession of marijuana in our everyday duties – that’s the easy part. You’re doing a traffic stop and it’s in clear view- you get a lot of that. That’s why you see increased charges for possession of marijuana – because it’s easier. Trafficking and production are bigger and more intricate operations.”

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