- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 29, 2017

BANGOR, Maine (AP) - Border Patrol officials in Maine say they will still enforce federal law and confiscate marijuana after residents voted for legalization last November.

Chief Daniel Hiebert tells The Portland Press Herald (https://bit.ly/2x0zDST ) border agents are not actively looking for the drug, but they will confiscate it if found.

With a short staff at the Houlton Sector, Hiebert says the agency will make human trafficking, drug trafficking and terrorism links their primary focus.

Hiebert also warns residents that even family links to the cannabis industry can bar them from a job with the federal government.

Maine Border Patrol agents have confiscated about 720 pounds of marijuana since 2012. Hiebert says his office and the U.S. Attorney’s Office in Portland have declined to prosecute those cases.


Information from: Portland Press Herald, https://www.pressherald.com

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