Pubdate: Tue, 29 Jun 2004
Source: Windsor Star (CN ON)
Copyright: The Windsor Star 2004
Author: Matthew M. Elrod
Bookmark: (Cannabis - Canada)
Bookmark: (Cocaine)


So the Windsor police raided six more cannabis growing operations with an 
estimated street value of $5.5 million (Cops Make Record Pot Haul, June 24).

Predictably, Windsor Police Chief Glenn Stannard took the opportunity to 
ask for additional funding to combat drugs, particularly dangerous grow 
operations in residential areas.

According to the RCMP report, Drug Situation in Canada 2001, at least 100 
tonnes of hashish, 15 tonnes of cocaine and six tonnes of liquid hashish 
are smuggled into Canada each year.

Production of marijuana is estimated at 800 tonnes. They seized just under 
29 tons of cannabis in 2001, or about 3.6 per cent of what they guess 
Canadians grow.

How much additional funding would Chief Stannard require to have a 
measurable impact on the Windsor cannabis industry?

If the city doubled his budget, would his department be able to interdict 
more than seven per cent, or what growers would have paid in GST in a 
legally regulated market?

Matthew M. Elrod, Victoria, B.C.
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