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Our View: Should the U.S. disrupt Canadian travel over new pot law?

September 19, 2018

New enforcement at the U.S. border will mean those who use, work with or invest in marijuana can be banned from entering this country. This would seem sensible. Problem is, it’s being directed at the northern border with Canada, not the southern border across which most of the illegal drugs and drug gangs flow.

Of the U.S.’s many drug problems, Canadians who may have used marijuana ranks pretty low. Unless the federal government expands (and expends money) on increasing border enforcement up north, doesn’t it mean resources from other borders, say the one with Mexico, will decrease.

The Canadian drug issue comes up because Canada legalized marijuana use and possession effective in mid-October.

According to U.S. Border officials, the clampdown on Canadian marijuana users at the border can include lifetime bans from the U.S.

Don’t think a Canadian can get by with a little fibbing about past drug use. Lying is fraud, and that’s where lifetime bans kick in, say U.S. officials. Picture the grandfather ’fessing up to that one beach party 40 years ago.

Lake Havasu City welcomes many Canadian visitors each winter and is glad to see them. If city residents are concerned about marijuana, they should look closer to home.

Consider: A Canadian driving to Lake Havasu could travel only through places where marijuana is legal until hitting the Arizona border. That would be the Washington, Oregon and California route.

Near the Arizona border, the last stop might be Needles, which is getting to be known as Weedles because of all the permitted marijuana growing operations.

Clearly the new U.S. border enforcement for Canadians is meant to show the federal government’s displeasure with legal marijuana in that country.

It’s unfortunate and will give a lot of would-be visitors to this country (and our city) reasons to just not mess with the potential border hassle.

When it comes to drugs, the U.S. needs to focus south, the source of the real problems, not on creating enforcement that will do little more than disrupt travel from our Canadian neighbors.

— Today’s News-Herald

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