Pubdate: Thu, 06 Apr 2006
Source: Toronto Star (CN ON)
Copyright: 2006 The Toronto Star
Author: Eugene Oscapella
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)


Re: Grow-op arrests cropping up less, April 5.

Your article quotes Det. Rob Muscat of the Peel Region police 
morality bureau as saying, "We're the No. 1 source of marijuana into 
the U.S." This is utter nonsense.

The available evidence, including reports from the Auditor-General of 
Canada, the RCMP, the U.S. and the United Nations, have all found 
just the opposite -- that Canada is, in fact, only a minor supplier 
of cannabis to the U.S. The most recent report produced by Canadian 
and American government agencies concluded that Canadian-produced 
marijuana accounts for only about 2 per cent of overall U.S. 
marijuana seizures at its borders. As a November 2002 RCMP report 
noted , "The United States is basically its own main source of marijuana."

Eugene Oscapella

Lecturer in Drug Policy, Department of Criminology, University of Ottawa

Co-founder, Canadian Foundation for Drug Policy 
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