Cannabis Seizures Double at U.S. Border After Sales Legalized Here

Article by Gord Howard, The St. Catharines Standard

Cannabis seizures double at U.S. border after sales legalized here Warnings marijuana still prohibited in New York state don’t seem to be working NEWS 06:06 PM by Gord Howard The St. Catharines Standard In April, U.S. customs officers discovered a half-kilogram of marijuana hidden inside the speaker of a vehicle that had crossed the Peace Bridge. - U.S. Customs and Border Protection

Marijuana seizures at the U.S. border have increased dramatically since cannabis was legalized for sale in Canada.

Since October when online sales started, the number of seizures has more than doubled at border points entering New York state over the same period last year.

At the same time, the amount confiscated is more than five times higher than last year.

“We’re seeing a little bit of everything,” said Aaron Bowker, a program manager in U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s Buffalo field office.

“We’re seeing it for personal use, which would be like enough to make up a couple of joints. We’re seeing a lot of edibles, people trying to bring seeds back.

“And we are seeing larger amounts, both in people’s possession and amounts being mailed in where it could be one or two pounds at a time.

From October 2017 to May 2018 – when cannabis was still illegal in Canada – officers made 319 seizures and confiscated about 62 kilograms of marijuana at 16 state border crossings and airports in Rochester, Syracuse, Binghampton and Albany.

By comparison, between October 2018 when sales were legalized and May 2019, border officers made 717 seizures and took in 346 kilograms.

Many have been small amounts discovered in vehicles crossing at places like the Rainbow Bridge in Niagara Falls or the Peace Bridge in Fort Erie.

Other incidents have been a little more eye-catching, though.

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