Pubdate: Tue, 20 Jul 2004
Source: Calgary Herald (CN AB)
Copyright: 2004 Calgary Herald
Contact:  http://www.canada.com/calgary/calgaryherald/
Details: http://www.mapinc.org/media/66
Cited: The RCMP report http://www.rcmp-grc.gc.ca/crimint/drugs_2003_e.htm
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CANADA CALLED MINOR POT PLAYER

Canada's budding reputation as America's pot pusher is getting a
shakedown from some new figures that tell a different tale.

Far from being the major exporter of marijuana to the United States as
many might think, Canada accounts for only a small fraction of the
American supply, a newly released report indicates.

The RCMP's annual assessment of the drug situation in Canada, citing
the latest seizure statistics, points out that most U.S. marijuana is
homegrown or smuggled in from Mexico.

While the amount of pot detected moving south from Canada has
increased since 2000, to almost 15,700 kilograms last year, it was
dwarfed by the 406,000 kilograms of Mexican weed seized at the U.S.
border in 2003.

In addition, American authorities continue to report that their
primary source of marijuana remains the U.S., the RCMP report says. 
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