Fewer Cannabis Packages Seized in Mail Since Start of Legal Sales in Colorado and Washington

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service.
The U.S. Postal Inspection Service is the law enforcement arm of the U.S. Postal Service.

Despite claims from prohibitionists that legalized cannabis sales in Washington and Colorado will lead to increased cannabis being transferred through the U.S. mail system, newly released data actually shows the opposite to be true.

According to data provided by theĀ U.S. Postal Inspection Service, fiscal year 2014 saw a 12% decrease in the number of packages seized by inspectors that were found to have cannabis in them. There was also a 12% drop in the overall weight of the cannabis seized.

Fiscal year 2014 began on October 1st 2013, and ended on September 30th, 2014.

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Oregon Court of Appeals Rules Police Intercepting Mail for Drug Dog Test is Unlawful

dogsniffIt’s illegal for police and U.S. postal inspectors to intercept packages and have a police dog test it simply because they believe it contains contraband, according to a new ruling by the Oregon Court of Appeals.

The ruling, which will likely put an end to a long-standing police practice of intercepting mail without first obtaining a search warrant, came forth over a case where Portland police and a U.S. postal inspector intercepted a package headed to a Southeast Portland home because they believe it contained contraband, something a drug dog later confirmed. This led to the arrest of 26 year old Max Barnthouse.

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