Monday, 22 October, 2018

Canadian pot smokers can face lifetime ban from U.S.

Canadian pot sector workers could face big troubles at the U.S. borders says analyst Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News
Jeannette Daniel | 15 September, 2018, 13:12

A top official of the U.S. Customs Border Protection confirmed earlier this week that anyone working or investing in Canada's cannabis industry will be treated as if they are an illegal drug trafficker.

Oh yeah, and if you're asked about past drug use, Owen stated that travellers shouldn't lie.

"We don't recognize that as a legal business", Owen told Politico.

CBP has not specified a minimum investment threshold in marijuana businesses that would trigger the lifetime ban.

"Canadians are going to let their guard down and think what's the problem?" said Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations.

Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on October 17. our neighbours to the south?

"Working or having involvement in the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S.", Mike Niezgoda, a spokesman at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Buffalo, said in an email.

"But there is no question that we are working with USA officials; they have legalized marijuana in a number of their states, and we're trying to make sure that travel between our two countries (is) not disrupted". Until his comments, the BI Canada Cannabis Competitive Peers index had gained almost 50 percent since the Canopy-Constellation deal was announced.

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Saunders said even when pot becomes legal, the US border is a different story.

So what to do when you want to cross the border?

Despite that Canada will have legal cannabis nationwide in a month, and that a majority of states have legalized cannabis to some extent, the plant remains illegal at the federal level.

The government is also ramping up advertising reminding Canadians of their obligations to obey the laws of both countries.

Overzealous border agents could encourage even more Canadians to stay home, at a time when President Donald Trump is targeting the country in trade negotiations. "This could add to that". "No lawyer could counsel anyone to lie to a border agent, but if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer".

And now, Canadians who work in the marijuana industry will not be permitted to enter the US.

Owen also stated in the Politico article that workers who rely on the NEXUS program to cross the border - truckers, for example - can lose their NEXUS privileges because of marijuana use.

"You're going to see hundreds, if not thousands of Canadians being denied entry, and possibly barred for life at USA ports of entry", he added.

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