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Canada Sells US High-Grade Pot

White House "drug czar" John Walters says new cultivation methods mean marijuana sold today in the US is much stronger than in the 1960s.

"We have a growing problem with the expansion of particularly high-potency marijuana coming from Canada," he said. Today's pot is on average seven times more potent "than the marijuana baby-boomer parents may remember from their days of use or experimentation", he told reporters. High-grade marijuana is grown in nutrient-rich solutions rather than soil, and sells for as much as cocaine, according to Mr Walters, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Last year the drug produced in British Columbia alone was worth $9bn and most of it was exported to the US.

Canada denies being a major contributor the United States' drug problem.

Ottawa says Washington's own data shows that of all the illegal marijuana seized by US agents, only 1.5% came from Canada.
Marijuana is said to be big business in Canada
Marijuana is said to be big business in Canada
Last Updated: Thursday, 15 April, 2004, 13:27 GMT 14:27 UK

Canada is a major exporter of high-potency marijuana, according to the man who leads the US war on drugs.

White House "drug czar" John Walters says new cultivation methods mean marijuana sold today in the US is much stronger than in the 1960s.

"We have a growing problem with the expansion of particularly high-potency marijuana coming from Canada," he said.

Last year the drug produced in British Columbia alone was worth $9bn and most of it was exported to the US, he added.

High-grade marijuana is grown in nutrient-rich solutions rather than soil, and sells for as much as cocaine, according to Mr Walters, who heads the Office of National Drug Control Policy.

Today's pot is on average seven times more potent "than the marijuana baby-boomer parents may remember from their days of use or experimentation", he told reporters.

He said the change had led to a doubling of hospital emergency cases involving marijuana.

Mr Walters added: "Canada is exporting to us the crack of marijuana and it is a dangerous problem."

The Bush administration has criticised Canadian plans to reduce sentences for people caught with small amounts of marijuana.

Canada denies being a major contributor the United States' drug problem.

Ottawa says Washington's own data shows that of all the illegal marijuana seized by US agents, only 1.5% came from Canada.

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Seal the borders! 15.Apr.2004 11:11

ZZ

Call out the Natural Guard! Fire off the nucular missels! The terrists are poisoning the US with powerful narcotics! The END is NEAR!

Problem? 15.Apr.2004 12:45

What problem?

"We have a growing problem with the expansion of particularly high-potency marijuana coming from Canada," he said. Today's pot is on average seven times more potent "than the marijuana baby-boomer parents may remember from their days of use or experimentation".

Right, so on the average you smoke seven to twenty times less, instead of those spliffs that look like Cheech and Chong rolled them, and you pay fifty times more for it than the stuff from those "days of use or experimentation,"
or you hock your house. Duh.

And a bottle of vodka is how many times more potent that a large bottle of beer?

I wish they'd quit trying to seduce the mathematically-challenged with this same old nonsense they've been barfing up for years. And when you threaten to send someone up the river for something, you sort of motivate the miniaturization that's possible through the increase in potency while what you do most of all is steer people toward drugs that are even more portable / concealable / discrete like coke, crack, crank...

If the Feds didn't have a hand in the increase in potency- whose bright idea was it to breed or select strains of pot that would make it smell like you have a skunk living in the closet?

Other than the outrageous pricing driven by this prohibition / black market nonsense, where is the problem?- That now that the industrial complex has fostered so much hatred for a harmless plant, they can't figure out how to get openly richer selling it now without reaping what've sown?

Oh, my. Now I guess that would cause problem$.

cool 15.Apr.2004 15:37

where can I

get some?

I'm so happy I'm moving to B.C. 15.Apr.2004 18:20

gerry

Another great reason to go north of the border. The line about this being the "crack" of marijuana is just fucking ridiculous...it's right out of "Reefer Madness." These flatheads never change their tune, do they. And if you do the math, it works out cheaper than beer. Plus, it's better for the lungs to smoke so much less "product" (in case Asscroft is peeking in). Why don't they mention this increased health aspect of smoking a natural plant, or are they too busy finding creative new ways to engorge the big pharmaceuticals with tax dollars so that they can juice up little kids with Ritalin?

Potentcy 16.Apr.2004 13:53

George Bender

I smoked dope during the 60s and I smoke it now. A lot of the stuff we bought in the late 60s was lowgrade crap and you had to smoke a lot of it to get high, but some of it was as potent as anything you can buy now. All that really means is that you smoke less to get high, which is better for your lungs. You can only get so high, no matter how potent it is. Having tried some of the hallucinogens -- LSD, mushrooms, peyote -- I would say that marijuana is a mild drug, about on the same level as alcohol, although they're so different that it's hard to compare.

Also, my experience is that I can't get high unless there's something to get high about. Just the drug won't do it.

I'm sure someone somewhere has gotten stoned and caused trouble, but I've never seen it happen. The war on marijuana is a bad joke. I would recommend not smoking and driving. That's asking for trouble.