Efficiency[ edit ] Drug laws are effective[ edit ] Supporters of prohibition claim that drug laws have a successful track record suppressing illicit drug use since they were introduced years ago. With illicit drug use peaking in the s in the United States, the "Just Say No" campaign, initiated under the patronage of Nancy Reagan, coincided with recent past month illicit drug use decreases from Sweden is an excellent example. Drug use is just a third of the European average while spending on drug control is three times the EU average.
Lornet Turnbull July 12, That invisible line separating Canada from the United States can sometimes seem like a wall—especially when it comes to cannabis.
Wildly different enforcement practices at the US-Canadian border can leave travelers in a haze: Americans traveling to Canada are more likely to be asked if they are packing heat than whether they light up, while Canadians can be banished from the US just for admitting to past marijuana use.
Things will likely grow even cloudier as Canada prepares to decriminalize cannabis next year. Before Washington State legalized recreational marijuana, he was getting one or two marijuana-related calls a year from Canadians.
These days, he gets that number in a week. Here are his suggestions for people traveling to the US-Canada border—from any direction. Know the Law Medical marijuana is legal in Canada and recreational marijuana is not, although that prohibition is largely unenforced.
Meanwhile, medicinal marijuana is lawful in the District of Columbia and 29 of the United States, including in eight states where it is also legal for recreational purposes and in 12 of the 13 states that share a border with Canada.
But cannabis remains illegal in any form or quantity under US federal laws and the federal government—which controls all land, air, and sea borders—bans the stuff regardless of what state law says. For all these reasons, marijuana is simply not allowed across the border—from either side — whether medically prescribed or not.
Marijuana is simply not allowed across the border—from either side—whether medically prescribed or not. As for the ramifications of being caught: US visitors entering Canada with any quantity of cannabis will likely be turned away at the border.
Far harsher consequences await Canadian visitors caught bringing cannabis into the US, or even those who simply admit to having used it. Cannabis-packing Canadian border-crossers can also be fined, apprehended, or both.
Non-citizens, however, face possible deportation. For immigrants who live in the US, being caught with marijuana or admitting to using it can affect future applications for citizenship or legal permanent residency.
Past run-ins with the law will also hurt. Canada and the US share criminal databases, the resting place for old convictions that will most assuredly lead to inadmissibility on both sides of the border.
If all goes well, a stop at the border will involve nothing more than a primary inspection and a few questions from the officer about where you live and what your plans are. How you answer those questions may well determine what happens next.
You should behave as if you know that can happen. But when asked about personal cannabis use, he suggests visitors avoid lying by telling the agent they prefer not to answer.
In a recent letter to Attorney General Jeff Sessions and US Department of Homeland Security division heads, 18 Democratic members of Congress raised concerns over the devastating penalties for visitors and US immigrants who may be unaware of the disparities between federal laws and laws in states where marijuana is legal.
They urged them to instruct their officers in states where marijuana is legal not to ask visitors and residents about their use or possession of marijuana, to develop policies for not penalizing them based on such behavior, and to build flexibility into guidelines for finding someone inadmissible because of it.
He was deemed inadmissible after admitting to prior use of marijuana. Along with your car, the way you look can also raise a red flag for U. Before heading to the border, clear any trace of marijuana from your vehicle, your purse, your wallet, your jacket and your pants pockets.
Check for paraphernalia—discarded rolling papers under the floor mats or that neglected pipe in the glove compartment. Since officers are able to search your phone and explore your social media, scrub anything that can incriminate you, like that photo of you lighting up a spliff on Mt.Being caught using or distributing ecstasy may be punished with large fines and jail time.
Specific punishments may vary by area and by how much of the drug a people have on them, but use of ecstasy in most countries is not taken lightly. Every year, cannabis is estimated to result in 2 million years of healthy life lost due to disability.
How much is that compared to alcohol and tobacco? The legality of cannabis for medical and recreational use varies by country, in terms of its possession, distribution, and cultivation, and (in regards to medical) how it can be consumed and what medical conditions it can be used for.
These policies in most countries are regulated by the United Nations Single Convention on Narcotic Drugs that was ratified in , along with the For immigrants who live in the US, being caught with marijuana or admitting to using it can affect future applications for citizenship or legal permanent residency.
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