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U.S Said Mulling Adding Canada Drug-Country List!
Posted by FoM on August 14, 1999 at 14:20:43 PT
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Source: Reuters
TORONTO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Canada could be added to a list of drug-trafficking and producing countries compiled by the United States in an effort to push it into taking a harder stance on the war against drugs, a newspaper said on Saturday.
Citing unnamed U.S. sources, the Globe and Mail said the U.S. State Department's Narcotics and Law Enforcement Division was poised to add Canada to the list because ``it is not taking the war on drugs seriously enough.''The State Department report would first be reviewed by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who would decide whether to make the recommendation to President Bill Clinton, who is expected to make a decision by November.The newspaper said its sources suggested that Mexico, still hurting from being added to the list last year, has been pushing for Canada's inclusion to the list.The list names 28 countries, including China, India, Hong Kong, Pakistan and a number of Latin American countries, and tracks nations that the U.S. government believes to be involved in growing and shipping narcotics to the United States.Of particular concern to the United States is the rising rate of marijuana being grown in Canada, particularly British Columbia.According to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police report cited by the Globe and Mail, about 800 tons of the drug was produced in Canada in 1998. A large percentage of it made its way across the border to the United States.Countries on the list face a number of sanctions including denial of various financing programs sponsored by the United States. Saturday August 14, 3:50 pm Eastern TimeCopyright  1999 Reuters Limited.
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Comment #1 posted by FoM on August 14, 1999 at 14:29:14 PT:
Correction To The Article
Saturday August 144:19 pm Eastern TimeCORRECTED US said mulling adding Canada to drug-country list(In TORONTO story please read headline ... US said mulling adding Canada to drug-country list ... instead of ... US said mulling adding Canada drug-country list ... (adds dropped word)A corrected story follows.TORONTO, Aug 14 (Reuters) - Canada could be added to a list of drug-trafficking and producing countries compiled by the United States in an effort to push it into taking a harder stance on the war against drugs, a newspaper said on Saturday.Citing unnamed U.S. sources, the Globe and Mail said the U.S. State Department's Narcotics and Law Enforcement Division was poised to add Canada to the list because ``it is not taking the war on drugs seriously enough.''The State Department report would first be reviewed by Secretary of State Madeleine Albright who would decide whether to make the recommendation to President Bill Clinton, who is expected to make a decision by November.The newspaper said its sources suggested that Mexico, still hurting from being added to the list last year, has been pushing for Canada's inclusion to the list.The list names 28 countries, including China, India, Hong Kong, Pakistan and a number of Latin American countries, and tracks nations that the U.S. government believes to be involved in growing and shipping narcotics to the United States.Of particular concern to the United States is the rising rate of marijuana being grown in Canada, particularly British Columbia.According to a Royal Canadian Mounted Police report cited by the Globe and Mail, about 800 tons of the drug was produced in Canada in 1998. A large percentage of it made its way across the border to the United States.Countries on the list face a number of sanctions including denial of various financing programs sponsored by the United States. 
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