The United States is flexing its muscle against Canada. It’s using an obscure federal law that prohibits Canadians entry into the U.S.- if they confess to using marijuana for either medical or recreation purposes! Imagine if we had this policy against Mexico. But that’s another story. Here’s what Canada is up against. There is evidence of only one border occurrence (2014), where this law was enacted. This person was stopped at the border and banned completely from ever entering the United States, unless a travel waiver is obtained; although too costly to pursue.
Here’s a question? How can one person’s predicament draw Reuter’s news agency and its writer, Andrea Hopkins onto the international stage? Here’s the answer. It’s because Canada’s new, progressive Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, proposed the legalization of pot during his recent campaign and will now carry out his promise, according to their government official. Yeah, you say for Canada’s pot smokers. Why does this matter to the U.S.? Keep in mind, the West Coast corridor has 3 pro-pot states: Washington, Oregon, and soon California (if the November voters approve the pot ballot). Washington is a primary border funneling into the U.S from Canada. Are you getting it yet? No?
Let’s continue. Canada, according to Homeland Security’s, U.S. Customs and Border Protection website, has 5,525 miles of southern borders that push against 13 of our Northern states. Although, these borders are not actively patrolled, consider the reaction from these states when Canada fully legalizes pot! Now you’re getting it!
Perhaps, this is why Mr. Trudeau is pressing the United States to change its border policy. He can see the upcoming reaction to his actions. Just to finalize and put things in perspective; the movie, “Up in Smoke” was popular in 1978. It’s now 2016. If it took our federal government thirty-plus years to acknowledge/allow states to legalize pot, then Canada may be bristling up against the U.S and its slow processes.
According to Ralph Goodale, Homeland Security Public Safety Minister, “We obviously need to intensify our discussions with our border authorities in the United States.” Blah, Blah, Blah. Sounds like the same old rhetoric from public officials. Maybe those 13 states; Alaska, Washington (already there), Idaho, Montana, North Dakota, Minnesota, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania, New York, Vermont and Maine, need to quickly legalize pot to avoid a skirmish on our northern borders. The writing in on the wall, so to speak.
In closing, marijuana has reached new heights with awards given to the best pot growers! This was such a far off reality in 1978. For your viewing, the most recent competition and awards.
Cannabis Now – The Emerald Cup 2016
By Sharla Esparza
Image Credit: TylerNicholas