Amount of cannabis seized at Canada-U.S. border jumped 75% after legalization

U.S. border guards seized more than 2,000 kilograms the year after legalization

U.S. border patrol are reminding travellers that taking cannabis to the States remains illegal after two Canadians were arrested for attempting to smuggle nearly 18 kilograms of marijuana to Miami. (U.S. Customs and Border Protection)
The amount of cannabis seized from travellers heading from Canada into the U.S. has gone up by 75 per cent cent since legalization north of the border.

According to U.S. Customs and Border Protection, border officers seized 2,214 kilograms of cannabis between Nov. 1, 2018, and Oct. 13, 2019. That is nearly double the 1,259 kilograms seized in the same period the year prior.

Canada legalized cannabis on Oct. 17, 2018, while the drug remains illegal federally in the U.S.

According to a CPB spokesperson, although the agency “recognizes an increase in marijuana seizures and incidents, seizures and incidents normally vary from year to year.”

By: KATYA SLEPIAN Vernon Morning Star
Read More here: www.vernonmorningstar.com/news/amount-of-cannabis-seized-at-canada-u-s-border-jumped-75-after-legalization/

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