«Although it decriminalises the possession of small amounts of marijuana, the new bill [under consideration in Canada] will also crack down on people who actually grow pot, even a few plants. The maximum sentence for growing cannabis will double under the bill from seven to 14 years.
[...]Last week, John Walters, the White House director of drug-control policy, warned that policing the flow of pot from Canada could dramatically slow down traffic at the border.
He said that in Canada, smoking pot would soon be seen as akin to jaywalking, and the Canadians could pay a heavy price - in terms of lost trade - for going soft on drugs.
"We'll respond to the threat," he told a US cable news show. "What we have to do is protect Americans and right now, this is out of control."»
OUT OF (MY) CONTROL!
Man, I have memories, dim tho they may be, of a time when the dyspeptic old madmen in the US government hadn't yet totally committed to the notion that the rest of the world as wrong, a mistake, and a "threat". It's like medieval imperial China, except without all the nice lacquerwork and brocade.