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Decrease in drug offences in Peel due to cannabis legalization

Drug offences in Peel Region have fallen 20 per cent since cannabis was legalized. In 2017 Peel police had 2,631 criminal drug charges that included illegal drugs like cocaine and opioids as well as cannabis. Of those charges, 2,222 charges were related to possession, and 409 were related to trafficking, production, and/or distribution.

Cannabis was made legal in Canada as per the Cannabis Act on Oct. 17, 2018 and Peel police have laid 2,098 criminal drug charges. Of those charges, 1,687 were related to possession and 410 were related to trafficking, production, and/or distribution.

The difference works out to roughly 20 per cent that can be attributed to a reduction in possession charges. -CINEWS

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