Legal pot creates need for tighter Canadian border
Securing America’s southern border to halt illegal immigration clearly is a top priority of the Trump administration.
Meanwhile, little is heard of similar efforts being made along the northern border of the United States. That might have to change real soon.
Canada, our neighbor to the north, legalized recreational marijuana on Tuesday. Distribution and sale of the drug is expected to begin by summer’s end.
While acceptance of legal recreational marijuana is a growing trend in the U.S., it still remains illegal on a federal basis and in most states, including Illinois. Illinois does allow legal medical marijuana, and is one of 29 states to do so. Recreational marijuana is allowable in nine states.
So, there’s obviously a lot of Americans who consume pot illegally, and they regularly seek sources to support their illicit habit. A quick trip over the Canadian border is about to become an option.
The situation promises to be reminiscent of the Prohibition era. Liquor remained legal in Canada, and the country’s popular types of whiskey flowed into the U.S. and went a long way toward quenching America’s still prevalent taste for booze.
Some observers might view it as a losing cause and determine there is no use in trying to stop Canadian weed from entering this country.
But as long as laws are in place that legally forbid it, we must enforce the law and tighten the Canadian border.