Data Reveals US Citizens Frequently Stopped At Border For Cannabis
Thursday, Oct 11, 2018

Security at the US-Mexico border has been a political talking point for years, but it’s become an increasingly divisive issue in the age of Trump. His contentious relationship with Mexico is frequently tied to the moment he announced his presidential bid back in 2015, when he infamously called Mexicans “rapists” and accused them of “bringing drugs and crime” into the United States. That speech was a defining moment for then-candidate Trump, but it went without saying that his comments were rooted in several falsehoods. Now, new data is revealing just how much the president got wrong.

Trafficking Cannabis is at the Lowest Point in More than a Decade

According to newly obtained data from Cannabis Wire and other watchdog reports, it appears that the illegal trafficking of cannabis “is at its lowest point in more than a decade.” What’s more, US Customs and Border Protection is regularly seizing cannabis from US citizens or legal residents more often “than from deportable immigrants.” Cannabis Wire reports that these seizures take place at checkpoints — traffic stops where Border Patrol agents can request an individual’s immigration status — as well as at ports of entry, which includes airports, seaports, and border crossings.