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Eased Pot Law Could Save Police Millions


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OTTAWA -- The federal government's plan to decriminalize pot possession would free up millions of dollars and thousands of police hours, the latest statistics suggest.

Police laid a record number of drug-related charges in 2002 and most offences involved marijuana, Statistics Canada reported yesterday.

Seventy-five per cent of 93,000 drug-related incidents in 2002 involved pot. Almost three-quarters of those were possession offences, and more than half of those convicted were fined.

Pubdate: Tue, 24 Feb 2004
Source: Province, The (CN BC)
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Copyright: 2004 The Province
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