Canadian cops stated this week that criminal charges for those caught with small amounts of pot are a waste of time and money.

Delegates at the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police annual meeting passed a resolution stating officers need more enforcement options to deal with people caught with pot.

Association president and chief constable of the Vancouver Police Service Jim Chu said writing tickets to penalize pot users caught with less than 30 grams of the drug would reduce policing and court costs.

The association cited statistics from 2007 that show out of more than 100,000 Canadian drug offenses reported by police that year in Canada, 47,101 of them were for marijuana possession.

Justice Minister Peter MacKay responded to the statement in an email to The Canadian Press saying the government has no intention of legalizing or decriminalizing marijuana any time soon.

"These drugs are illegal because of the harmful effects they have on users -- and on society for that matter. As a government, we have a responsibility to protect the interests of families across this country."