Gangs less involved in cannabis compared with other drugs: Statscan

The data contradicts common RCMP wisdom that organized crime groups play a large role in Canada’s underground cannabis trade
The Globe and Mail (Canada)
Monday, January 23, 2017

Canada’s organized crime groups and gangs are much less likely to produce and traffic marijuana than they are other illicit drugs such as cocaine and crystal methamphetamine, according to a new federal study that tracked drug violations from police forces in four cities across three provinces. The new report from Statistics Canada analyzed all drug-related violations over a two-year period in Victoria, Vancouver, Regina and Waterloo, Ont., and found that police linked organized crime to 39 per cent of all cannabis-trafficking charges and 6 per cent of cases involving the production of marijuana.