Post Offices Confiscate Record Number Of Marijuana Packages

BOSTON (CBS) — In the same year Massachusetts pot shops first opened their doors to customers for recreational use, WBZ’s I-Team finds local post offices set a record for stopping bundles of marijuana.

“You can’t ship it,” says US Postal Service spokesperson Stephen Doherty. “It’s still illegal under the Federal Controlled Substances Act…people have to be aware of that.”

Records obtained by the I-Team show in 2018, Massachusetts postal inspectors confiscated 434 marijuana packages through the end of November. That’s more than triple the rate when pot first became legal in the state.

It’s a statistic that has some marijuana advocates alarmed. “It’s very concerning that there’s still a focus on cannabis, just because we know that the focus includes money, it includes time, and resources,” said Stephen Mandile, who runs a group called Veterans Alternative Healing. He’s an Army veteran who suffered serious spinal cord and brain injuries during an Iraq deployment. It led to a decade-long opioid and benzodiazepine addiction.

Source: I-Team: Post Offices Confiscate Record Number Of Marijuana Packages – CBS Boston

  • A Freedom Fighter

    These parcels get caught, and 1,000s just like them go on without problem. Just another round of stupid reefer madness nonsense. More waste of resources all billed to the taxpayer.

    It’s absolutely clear that Cannabis is in wide general use throughout the United States! Whether or not cannabis is legal does not seem to make much of a difference regarding popularity and consumption. It’s perfectly clear that cannabis is much safer than booze. The only open question is who will profit from the sales of cannabis, organized crime and criminals, or legitimate business with regulation and Taxation?

    The FBI estimates:

    * 100 BILLION dollars in black market recreational cannabis sales every year here in the United States and all that money goes to criminals and organized crime.

    * 30 BILLION is lost in potential tax revenue.

    * 15 BILLION is wasted on the capture and persecution simple cannabis consumers.

    Legalization solves all these problems and kicks organized crime out of the cannabis sales in favor of legitimate business.

    Why legalize? Because cannabis is safer.

    Figures directly from the CDC on numbers of deaths per year in the USA:

    * Prescription Drugs: 237,485 + 5,000 traffic fatalities
    * Tobacco: 480,000
    * Alcohol: 88,013 + 16,000 traffic fatalities
    * Cocaine: 4,906
    * Heroin: 7,200
    * Aspirin: 466
    * Acetaminophen (Tylenol): 179
    * Marijuana: 0, none, not a single fatal toxic overdose in all medical history and no significant statistical record of traffic problems.

    Legalize, regulate, TAX recreational cannabis!