Toronto marijuana arrests reveal ‘startling’ racial divide

By JIM RANKIN Feature reporter, SANDRO CONTENTA News Staff Reporters and Andrew Bailey Data Analyst | Toronto Star | July 7th 2017 Black people with no history of criminal convictions have been three times more likely to be arrested by Toronto police for possession of small amounts of marijuana than white people with similar backgrounds, according to a Toronto Star analysis. They’ve also been more likely to be detained for bail, the data shows. The disparity is largely due to targeting of Black people by Toronto police, according to criminologists and defence lawyers interviewed by the Star, who note that surveys show little difference in marijuana use Read More …

Toronto’s public health chief wants pot possession decriminalized now

Dr. Eileen de Villa urges Ottawa to immediately decriminalize possession of recreational marijuana until legislation to legalize it comes into force in July 2018. By BETSY POWELL City Hall Bureau | Toronto Star | Mon., June 5, 2017   Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health wants Ottawa to immediately decriminalize possession of recreational pot until legislation to legalize and regulate cannabis comes into force in July 2018. “Given that cannabis possession will soon be lawful in Canada, it is recommended that the Board of Health urge the federal government to immediately decriminalize the possession of non-medical cannabis for personal use,” says a new Read More …