US Wants Canada To Crack Down on Illegal Drugs

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  1. Motorhead

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    Canada: US Wants Canada To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs
    by James Gordon, CanWest News Service, (15 Mar 2006) StarPhoenix Canada
    Canada Major Source Of Marijuana, Ecstasy, Methamphetamine

    OTTAWA -- Methamphetamine, ecstasy and marijuana production is on the rise in Canada, a new report by the U.S. State Department says, and transnational crime groups are steadily importing more cocaine and heroin.

    While the American government's annual international narcotics review pegs the country as "primarily a drug consuming" one, Canada remains a significant producer of high-quality marijuana and a transit point for over-the-counter pharmaceuticals used in synthetic drugs.

    "Methamphetamine trafficking and availability rose during 2005," the document says, noting 95 per cent of the domestic supply comes from large, multi-kilogram operations.

    "Significant seizures of MDMA ( ecstasy ) from clandestine laboratories indicate they are larger and more sophisticated organized crime operations."

    Marijuana -- smuggled into the U.S. primarily via B.C., Ontario and Quebec -- remains a serious concern for law enforcement as well.

    "Though outdoor cultivation continues, the use of large and more sophisticated indoor grow operations is increasing because it allows year-round production," the document says.

    "The RCMP reports the involvement of ethnic Chinese and Vietnamese organized crime organizations in technologically advanced organic grow methods that produce marijuana with elevated THC levels."

    The Mounties conducted 430 marijuana investigations and 570 raids while seizing nearly 250,000 plants and arresting 283 people in 2005.

    The national police force also conducted 87 clandestine drug lab investigations leading to 36 raids -- one third of which involved ecstasy ( MDMA ) production. Approximately 64,000 doses of the drug were seized.

    RCMP officials weren't available for comment Tuesday afternoon.

    International crime groups lead many cocaine smuggling operations in Canada. According to the State Department, Colombian brokers are connecting producers with outlaw biker gangs and Italian and Caribbean organized crime.

    Shipments are usually routed through countries such as Haiti, Trinidad and Jamaica before coming here. Between January and September of 2005, the Canada Border Services Agency seized 1.66 metric tons of cocaine at land and sea ports of entry.

    While the report paints a positive picture of law enforcement efforts, it's clear the U.S. government wants legal changes to crack down on drug producers in this country. It notes marijuana cultivation is a thriving, low-risk pursuit, due in part to "low sentences meted out by Canadian courts."

    The U.S. may get its wish soon, as Justice Minister Vic Toews has suggested mandatory minimum sentences for serious drug crimes are on the way.

    The report also sums up various government-sponsored "harm-reduction" programs, such as providing safe-injection sites and crack pipes to chronic users.

    It notes the U.S. supports "science-based treatment programs to reduce drug use, as opposed to measures which facilitate drug abuse in hopes of reducing some of its harmful consequences."

    It makes a general request that Canada address the rise of ecstasy production and "improve its regulatory and enforcement capacity" regarding precursor chemicals as well.

    The Canadian government has taken several steps in that direction of late. Last summer, it boosted prison sentences for meth and ecstasy producers while proposing tighter controls on six chemicals used as base ingredients. Those regulations came into effect at the end of January.

    An organization representing Canada's non-prescription drug producers also introduced MethWatch, which trains retailers to spot suspicious purchases, last year.
     
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  2. Solidly-here

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    US Wants Canada To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs.
    US Wants Mexico To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs.
    US Wants Columbia To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs.
    US Wants Jamaica To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs.
    US Wants England To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs.
    US Wants the Netherlands To Crack Down On Illegal Drugs.
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  3. Senor Gribson

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    US wants everyone to crack down on everything, we just gotta learn to ignore them
     
  4. Forthesevenlakes

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    It sickens SWIM that his country not only fights a ludicrous and failing war on drugs, but that this government also attempts to influence the policies of other nations to this reprehensibile, futile end. Oftentimes it seems to me that the United States government doesn't recognize other countries as sovereign, and thus can justify putting pressure on them to, say, increase the quota of meth busts in canada, or prevent pharmacies in mexico near the US border from carrying drugs that are scheduled...not in Mexican law...but in American law! Oddly enough, I don't think the power to do this is granted to the federal government in the US Constitution, the executive branch has the right to form treaties and set foreign policies, but since drugs are mentioned nowhere in the Constitution, the power to regulate their legality should de facto fall to states, as dictated by the 10th amendment, which grants the states the powers to regulate all matters not already explicitly granted the government. So in essence, not only is the American government acting like an asshole player on the world stage, but is attempting to overstep its own constitutional powers. (Any Americans who know more about law than I do can feel free to correct me on what I just said, I was formulating the aforementioned arguement based solely on my rusty memory of the Constitution and U.S. law). SWIM wonders if anyone could somehow file a lawsuit against Washington policymakers and Dubya for doing this =P
     
  5. Motorhead

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    Some interesting notes about other countries.

    Mexico:
    "Extraditions reached an all-time high, with the Government of Mexico (GOM) extraditing 41 fugitives to the United States in 2005, compared with 34 during the previous year. In November, the Mexican Supreme Court ruled that imposition of sentences of life imprisonment did not violate the Mexican constitution, thus eliminating another obstacle to extradition."

    UK:
    "The U.S. and UK have a long-standing extradition treaty, a Mutual Legal Assistance Treaty (MLAT), and a narcotics agreement, which the UK has extended to some of its dependencies. A new bilateral extradition treaty has been negotiated and signed by both countries and awaits final ratification. A new UK extradition statute, which entered into force in January 2004, facilitates U.S. requests for extradition even prior to U.S. ratification of the new treaty, although this status is conditional and subject to revocation by Parliament"

    Netherlands:
    "With its extensive transportation infrastructure and some of the most active maritime ports in Europe, the Netherlands is one of the leading distribution points for illegal drugs to and from Europe. A significant percentage of the cocaine consumed in Europe enters first through the Netherlands, and the country remains one of the leading international producers of ecstasy (MDMA), although production seems to be declining substantially"

    "We have also noted improved and expedited handling of extradition requests."

    " The Dutch synthetic drug unit, which now is part of the National Crime Squad, will continue to make concrete progress. The stationing of the Dutch liaison officer in China in July 2005 is expected to increase cooperation among the U.S., China and the Netherlands on precursor chemicals."

    Slovenia:
    " Slovenia is neither a major drug producer nor a major transit country for illicit narcotics."
     
  6. trish

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    The US only wants other countries to crack down on illegal drugs because that is what the US is doing. They figure if other countries are cracking down, then they have support.

    People do from Canada do not have to worry about drug laws changing. Canada is smart enough to not do what the US does/says.
     
  7. Senor Gribson

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    remeber we had decrim over the summer? it was the US that made us recall it
    because of the US we also have all those stupid anti-terrorism regulations everywhere
    and i think you're forgetting about George Dubya Harper, until we get rid of him were pretty much the states' bitch