This will come as a surprise to most British Columbians but criminal charges for marijuana possession in this province have soared 88 per cent over the past decade.
But pot prosecutions aren't the only thing that's up. So is public support for decriminalization of possession. An Angus Reid poll found nearly three out of four British Columbians favour regulating and taxing pot. In Vancouver, just 13% of respondents supported criminal prosecution for possession of a joint. Here on the island that was down to just 8%.
It's unclear where the pot crackdown is taking place. It isn't Vancouver. 34 were charged with simple pot possession in 2006 and that fell to just 6 charges in 2010. One pot possession charge every two months, that's it?
Isn't it time society grew up and stopped this nonsense?