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High figures for Swedish marijuana seizures

TT/The Local · 18 Oct 2010, 11:57

Published: 18 Oct 2010 11:57 GMT+02:00

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This year, Swedish Customs (Tullverket) expects to carry out about 1,000 marijuana seizures, compared with only 280 seizures in 2005.

“Even without complete figures for 2010, we can see this is a pronounced increase of cannabis seizures and a pronounced increase in smaller seizures of so called ‘ant smugglers’,” Swedish Customs narcotics expert Lars Hansson told Sveriges Radio (SR).

“Ant smugglers” refer to small-time smugglers who typically carry three to five grammes of marijuana for personal use and may sell some of their possession on to others.

Often, such seizures take place at the Öresund Bridge.

The increase in “ant smuggler” cannabis seizures marks a reversal in a trend of falling small-time seizures which began when the bridge opened ten years ago.

“If we go back three or four years, this almost didn’t exist in the Malmö region, but unfortunately, it’s come back in recent years,” Hansson told SR.

Swedish Customs doesn’t have an explanation for the recent spike in small-time seizures, but the agency has passed along the information to social services.

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“We take this very seriously because cannabis is often a gateway to other drugs,” said Hansson.

TT/The Local (news@thelocal.se)

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13:36 October 18, 2010 by mojofat
"We take this very seriously because cannabis is often a gateway to other drugs," said Hansson.

Hmm...yes...a gateway to cinnamon buns and Southpark reruns. This man's logic is like saying alcohol is a gateway to drunk-driving and spousal abuse. I'm not a cannabis user myself, but penalizing adults with such a small amount is really beyond the pale. They are not hurting anyone.

For a "narcotics" expert, he is surprisingly uneducated. From the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center:

"Marijuana is not a 'gateway' drug that predicts or eventually leads to substance abuse, suggests a 12-year University of Pittsburgh study."

14:19 October 18, 2010 by engagebrain
Compared to alcohol and tobacco, cannabis is safe.

Why the police waste time and money pursuing people, who at the very worst only harm themselves, is a major question. Cannabis use is a victimless crime - why is it even a crime ?

Why not use the limited police resources to improve the pathetic low conviction rate for rape or catch dangerous drivers, who harm other people.
14:55 October 18, 2010 by Syftfel
The border enforcement authorities should focus on illegal aliens, not on small amounts of pot.
15:35 October 18, 2010 by Sam1
Syftfel@ I think they should focus on all illegal matters pay attention on Illigal immigrants and ofcourse pay great attention on drugs, drugs is like cancer in societies and death.

Pot is not just pot its death...The Citizens of Sweden!! All together every one who lives on this land should be a police...For example once in the middle of the night I saw two guys one of them had a stick and they were screaming on each other..

Directly I called Police and tiped them they sent a patrol and caught them ;-)

If I see drug dealers selling I will tip that to police..If i see an illegal immigrant I will report him too...Any thing that hurts Sweden I will report it!!!
15:52 October 18, 2010 by donutwallah
The old 'gateway' nonsense again: thoroughly discredited nowadays. Even some US states are waking up to the possibilities of legalisation and taxation.
16:02 October 18, 2010 by AugustWest
You want drugs off the street and out of the hands of your teens?

Tax and regulate.

Prohibition simply does not work.

Never has.

Criminalize drugs and only the the criminals have the drugs.

And they don't check to see if their customers (your children) are responsible adults.

Druggies or drunks, arrest them for crimes against others.

Not against themselves.
05:12 October 19, 2010 by billstewart3
Sweden's a civilized country, and ought to stop going along with the cannabis prohibition nonsense that the Americans pushed on everybody years ago. The origins of cannabis prohibition were racist - It was primaily used by Mexican farmworkers and African-American musicians, and Hearst's newspaper chain wanted to get people angry about something to sell more newspapers so they started to publish articles about how these people would seduce or attack white women and needed to be stopped.
07:50 October 19, 2010 by SarahRF
I would personally prefer my teenager getting stoned and not being able to do anything except sit on the couch for the duration of said stoned period, than have them getting drunk at parties, doing who knows what with who knows whom, and putting themselves in danger of alcohol poisoning etc etc. At least with pot, the worst that could happen is they have a bad trip, and then get the munchies.
11:26 October 19, 2010 by Kanedaa
Cannabis is far more dangerous than people think, It should stay banned.
18:28 October 19, 2010 by vita.vita

There is no ''trip'' with marijuana.
10:46 October 20, 2010 by ppaf
This is so ridiculous!

"Gateway drug" really???? What about going to jail??? Is that a gateway to heaven and a great life?

Stop telling people what to do or not! There is no perceived problem that Marjuana brings to society, so just get off people's backs! All these uptight Christian inspired zealots just keep ramming their need for controlling the way people live their lives down our throats.

Pleaaaaaaseeee.... be reasonable! Stop arresting people who are either:

A) Perfectly fine and just want to have fun!

B) Having some problems in their lives and use drugs as an escape, and thus, are not criminals... they just need help!

Only in B) the "gateway" argument makes sense, but even then it is not really a gateway as the predisposition is already there in the first place!!!!

Stop controlling, arresting, ordering people what to do in every single silly issue that bothers you...

Depriving someone of their freedom is a serious thing that should only be used in extreme cases, not just because you don't like a specific herb and believe it is the devil or whatever...
12:31 October 20, 2010 by SarahRF
Okay, a bad "high" then. An ex used to grow his own, I tried it once, was the worst feeling ever. Paranoid, jumpy, shaking... but that only happened once. Other times I was fine, and asleep within 10 min of the third hit lol.
14:46 October 22, 2010 by munched
@Sam1 Not one death from the use of marijana has been recorded in written history. Not one. In thousands of years of written history. In the USA alone, 450,000 people are killed YEARLY because of tobacco use. Which is the greater threat to society you moron.
12:10 October 24, 2010 by mangereman

Why don't report yourself for being a d%&k.

I get the impression your like the dork on the Telge commercial who skips out on sex because she's not on green energy.
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