Border Patrol Marijuana Seizures Have Dropped 95 Percent As More States Legalized Over The Past Decade

Border Patrol Marijuana Seizures Have Dropped 95 Percent As More States Legalized Over The Past Decade
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Customs and Border Protection (CBP) marijuana seizures fell to a record low in Fiscal Year 2022, continuing an enforcement trend that advocates attribute to the state-level legalization movement, newly updated federal data shows. Additionally, the first two months of the current fiscal year saw similarly low monthly seizure yields, with November 2022 standing out as having the least amount of cannabis seized during the period for which CBP makes comprehensive monthly data available. CBP agents and officers seized more than 17,000lbs of marijuana nationwide during the first two months of FY23. Filter by component, location, and drug type on our stats page: https://t.co/PP4NpM5Z0Q pic.twitter.com/qigx5FxjdT — CBP (@CBP) January 3, 2023 CBP marijuana seizures have declined nearly 95 percent over the past decade, from a total of 2,822,478 pounds in Fiscal Year 2012 to just 154,797 pounds in 2022. Significant annual drop-off is continuing in recent years as well. The 2022 figure is about half of the 319,447 pounds that were seized in the prior year, and 2020 to 2022 saw a 73 percent decline in the weight of confiscated marijuana. There are several factors that could be at play, including shifting enforcement priorities, but experts generally view the trend as a reflection of reduced demand for smuggled illicit cannabis as more states have moved to legalize marijuana and provide people with access in a regulated, domestic market. CBP agents took in 2.9 million pounds of cannabis in Fiscal Year 2013. The following year, the first-ever recreational marijuana shops opened in Colorado and Washington State, kicking off an era of reform that’s now seen 21 states enact adult-use legalization. Meanwhile, in the first two months of Fiscal Year 2023, agents confiscated 17,406 pounds of cannabis. The November total—7,406 pounds—is the lowest amount CBP has…

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