Quebec pot arrests behind the wheel up 54% since legalization
Police forces in the province collected 795 blood samples from motorists suspected of driving while under the influence.
MONTREAL GAZETTE October 17, 2019
In 2018, police collected 795 blood samples from motorists suspected of driving while under the influence, and sent them to Quebec’s medical legal centre for processing. That’s 254 more than in the previous year.
The presence of cannabis was detected in 46 per cent of those cases.
The Sûreté du Québec says cannabis is the most commonly detected drug in its traffic stops.
The provincial force said that since legalization, cannabis was detected in the systems of 113 persons pulled over for impaired driving, compared with 73 cases a year earlier — an increase of 54 per cent.
More than 670 officers trained in drug use evaluation have been deployed across the province.
In a statement issued Thursday detailing its operations over the past year, the SQ said it had opened 1,409 investigations into the illegal production, supply and distribution of cannabis, which led to 1,458 warrants being executed and charges filed against 1,403 individuals.
Meanwhile, raids on illegal outdoor cannabis fields were carried out in August and September, and saw 37,000 plants seized.
Over the past year, the SQ seized 71,500 cannabis plants, 161 kilograms of cannabis, 15.8 kilograms of cannabis oil and resin, 23,460 units of edible cannabis and $180,000 in cash.