Vice have looked at the numbers… 

People caught with cannabis are almost five times more likely to be charged in some parts of Britain than in others, according to official data.

Official government figures for last year reveal that those living in poorer regions in the north of England and Wales face heavier punishments for the offence of cannabis possession than people living in more affluent areas in the Midlands and south.

More than a quarter of those found with cannabis in Cleveland – a region in England’s north east with high levels of deprivation – were charged with possession, compared to less than one in ten people in the country’s richest county, Surrey.

After Cleveland, the police force areas most likely to prosecute those caught holding weed are Humberside, North Wales, Cumbria and Northumbria. Meanwhile Leicestershire, Staffordshire, Thames Valley and Kent followed Surrey in areas least likely to charge.