Marijuana crime: Are police turning 'a blind eye' to pot charges?

'It's kind of the new vagrancy charge,' criminologist says
CBC News (Canada)
Tuesday, August 12, 2014

canada-pot-flagIn Canada there appears to be "just a lack of enthusiasm on the part of police" to enforce possession laws. "There's a huge amount of discretion. It's kind of the new vagrancy charge, really," said Neil Boyd, professor and director of Simon Fraser University's school of criminology. A phone survey conducted by Ipsos Reid between Jan. 30 and Feb. 7, 2014, suggested that 70 per cent of 3,000 Canadians polled want to see pot possession either legalized or decriminalized.