Official Says Canada Not On Drug Blacklist!

Official Says Canada Not On Drug Blacklist!
Posted by FoM on August 15, 1999 at 17:28:41 PT
National News
Source: Vancouver Sun
TORONTO (CP) - Canada will not be on an influential U.S. list of countries hurting the American war on drugs, says the Foreign Affairs Department.
Despite a newspaper report Saturday that said the U.S. State Department was ready to place Canada among the world's top importers of illegal narcotics into the U.S., the official word from Foreign Affairs is that the idea was raised, but rejected. Countries on the so-called Majors list are deemed to be major sources of illegal drugs into the United States. "The idea of putting Canada on the Majors list was floated at the middle-management level of the state department, but was dismissed out of hand," said Valerie Noftle, a spokeswoman for the Foreign Affairs Department. "As far as we're concerned, that's where the issue now sits." Countries placed on the list face financial sanctions by various American government agencies. She did say the issue reached senior Foreign Affairs officials, but would not say whether they took action in the matter or not. The 1998 list currently contains 28 countries, including Jamaica, Brazil and Colombia, and will be updated for 1999 by November. A previous newspaper report said that State Department officials were planning to place Canada on the list because of concerns over light sentences for drug offences, lax reporting rules on large transfers of money, weak controls of chemicals entering and leaving the country, extensive marijuana supply from B.C., and cutbacks to anti-drug RCMP forces. Last updated: Sunday 15 August 1999 (Toronto Star) U.S Said Mulling Adding Canada Drug-Country List-8/14/99
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