Cannabis Crossings

Canadian parliament legalized cannabis last week, but at what cost?

Like the rest of news industry, this week we're going to talk about immigration. Oh no, not the controversy of separating families on our southern border, but a new threat from—you guessed it—those bullies to the north.

The Canadian Parliament fully legalized cannabis on June 19—the second country to do so after Uruguay in 2013.

This is great news for advocates as Canada is the first G7 nation to take such a progressive stance on allowing cannabis in society.

However, Canada may have acted a little too quickly and perhaps should have paid more attention to the zero-tolerance policy now in play at U.S. borders.

America is a country of laws, and it is a matter of law, codified in the Immigration and Nationality Act, that "any alien ... who is determined ... to be a drug abuser or addict, is inadmissible."

That's right. Any Canadian deemed an abuser of cannabis by United States Border Patrol officials cannot legally enter the country.

Once Oct. 17 rolls around, the official date cannabis becomes legal, millions of Canadians will be able to legally use marijuana. Any of them who attempt to enter the U.S. may be detained for questioning and earn themselves a lifetime ban from the country.

Now that border agents have reasonable suspicion that every Canadian crossing the border may have abused cannabis at some point, whether an alien has used the drug at some point should be a mandatory question at every crossing.

Of course, we'd expect no less from our current administration that strict enforcement of the rule of law that maintains our thriving civilization.

No longer shall we allow Canadian abusers such as actor Seth Rogen to continue his tirade of debauchery in American cinema. Should you ever want to see a Sarah McLachlan concert again, you'll have to catch her on your vacation to Toronto. (Though she said it's not for her, McLachlan admitted to Billboard that she'd tried it.)

And should President Donald Trump want to meet with Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, well he'll have make the trek to the great green north to do so.

Roughly 300,000 Canadians cross the border every day, according to Canada's CBC News. About 30 percent of Canadians said they'd smoke cannabis if it were legal.

That means we have potentially 90,000 illegal Canadians crossing the border every day. This afront to our nation's laws makes the monthly 40,000 people apprehended near the southwest border look like child's play.

Luckily, our administration has proven its hardline stance against illegal border crossings.

The policy may also provide a valuable tool as America fights for freedom from Canada's oppressive trade regulation. Perhaps Canada will no longer take advantage of America's generosity when its citizens face prosecution to the fullest extent of the law.

It's time for America to stand up to the bullies to the north and stop criminals in their tracks at our strong borders defended by the brave men and women of the U.S. Border Patrol.

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