Pot seizures jumped at U.S. border in the year after Canada legalized cannabis

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Marijuana
seizures
at
the
U.S.
border
jumped
in
the
year
after
Canada
legalized
recreational
cannabis.

Figures
provided
by
the
U.S.
Customs
and
Border
Protection
(CBP)
show
American
officers
seized
2,214
kg
of
marijuana
from
travellers
entering
the
U.S.
between
Nov.
1,
2018
and
Oct.
31,
2019,
up
from
just
1,259
kg
over
the
same
period
a
year
earlier.

That’s
an
increase
in
volume
of
about
75
per
cent.

The
upswing
was
less
significant
in
terms
of
the
number
of
individual
seizures
recorded:
3,917
in
the
year
after
legalization,
compared
to
3,139
incidents
the
year
before.

CPB
spokesman
Kris
Grogan said
he
sees
the
increase
as
more
of
an
“uptick”
than
a
drastic
spike.

“Although
the
CBP
recognizes
an
increase
in
marijuana
seizures
and
incidents,
seizures
and
incidents
normally
vary
from
year
to
year,”
he
said,
noting
that
the
number
of
U.S.
enforcement
actions
for
marijuana
seizures
actually
declined
modestly
after
Canada’s
marijuana
law
reforms.

University
of
Ottawa
drug
policy
expert
Eugene
Oscapella
said
that
in
regions
where
both
a
Canadian
province
and
its
neighbouring
American
state
have
legalized
recreational
marijuana
(British
Columbia
and
Washington,
for
example,
or
Ontario
and
Michigan),
people
may
mistakenly
believe
they’re
permitted
to
carry
cannabis
across
the
border,
despite
warning
signs
erected
at
border
points
and
airports.
[Read
more
at
CBC
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