Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said Sunday marijuana is not "a factor in the drug war", citing addictive drugs as the key border focus for fighting illegal drugs in the U.S. But you talked about the difficulty - you were trying to find partners at the time in Central America to help you with this, and the USA drug consumption, the US drug consumer, you thought as part of the problem in all of this.
"The trafficker's biggest problem is not getting drugs, till now, into the United States - the biggest problem they had was laundering the money".
Kelly said it was "unlikely" for DUIs to lead to deportation under former President Barack Obama's administration.
"There are places perhaps that a physical barrier or wall wouldn't be appropriate", Kelly said. On that point, Kelly said that DHS would enforce existing marijuana laws. "I get nearly no interest from the last administration, as much as I railed about it - to just start the process of getting after this drug demand", he said.
The South American nation of Uruguay is the only nation to legalize recreational cannabis. "It's three things. Methamphetamine".
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Kelly pledged to investigate marijuana's "illegal pathways" into the U.S., and arrest those involved with the drug trade "according to federal law". "There are a huge number, as you know, of illegal aliens or undocumented individuals that have to be dealt with in one way or another", Kelly said.
"The solution is a comprehensive drug demand reduction program in the United States that involves every man and woman of goodwill", he said.
Kelly said increased drug arrests are not a solution.
Kelly devoted the majority of his remarks to the "relentless" threat of criminals and potential terrorists entering the US over the southern border, and made particular note of the offenses fueled by Americans' appetite for drugs. About a quarter of those arrests were immigrants who had no criminal history, according to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Notably, last Thursday Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government introduced legislation to let adult possess up to 30 grams of marijuana in public, a measure that would make Canada the largest developed country to end a nationwide prohibition on recreational marijuana (RM). Beyond that, however, its use and possession is against federal law and until the law is changed by the U.S. Congress we in DHS are sworn to uphold all the laws on the books.