In a recent report, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) reported a 75 percent spike in cannabis seizures entering the US from Canada since cannabis reforms.
Figures from the Canadian Border Portal (CPB) estimate that, between November 2018 and October 2019, over 4800 pounds of illegal cannabis was seized by American authorities, compared to just over 2,750 pounds from the same period a year prior.
In terms of individual seizures, the jump was less significant, increasing from 3,139 to 3,917 post-legalization, which means that travelers are attempting to cross the border with much larger amounts of cannabis.
CPB’s Perspective of the Situation
U.S Customs and Border Protection spokesman, Kris Grogan, views the increase as an “uptick” more than a drastic spike.
“Although the CBP recognizes an increase in marijuana seizures and incidents, seizures and incidents normally vary from year to year,” he said, noting that the number of U.S. enforcement actions for marijuana seizures actually declined modestly after Canada’s marijuana law reforms.
Individuals who attempt to bring cannabis products or paraphernalia into the U.S. are subject to seizures, fines, or arrest, and non-citizens caught trying to bring cannabis into the U.S. are usually denied entry into the country.
Jacqueline Callin, a spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA), said that the agency does not allow THC or CBD products to be brought into the nation despite the legal status of both products in Canada.
“Canadian laws around travelling with cannabis remain clear and simple: Don’t take it in and don’t take it out,” she said in the report. “It remains illegal to bring cannabis and cannabis products in any form, including edibles and any oils containing THC or cannabidiol, across Canada’s national borders whether you are entering or leaving Canada.”