U.S. errs on pot proclamation | SummitDaily.com

U.S. errs on pot proclamation

The U.S. response to Canada potentially decriminalizing personal use of cannabis (“Patients in Canada are finally getting government-grown pot,” SDN, Aug. 27) is a serious threat.

As was quoted: “U.S. officials have warned of tighter border security if Canada takes that step.”

This is alarming for a number of reasons.

Many American states have already decriminalized cannabis. The Alaska Court of Appeals unanimously declared in an opinion released Aug. 29 that adults can possess up to four ounces of marijuana for personal use in their home because the state’s interest in prohibiting them from doing so is not great enough to violate a citizen’s right to privacy. 

It’s alarming since America exports billions of dollars worth of goods to Canada that would be affected by the Bush administration move in an economy already sorely compromised. The U.S. economy may not withstand further attacks from the Bush administration.

Let’s get this straight. After the 9-11 attacks, the U.S. tightened its borders. But if Canada decriminalizes cannabis, then we’re going to really tighten our border?

If this threat to our neighbor sounds inappropriate to you too, contact U.S. officials. Express the need to stop blackmailing Canada with punishment for being a sovereign country and doing what many American states have already done. 

Stan White


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