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Canada cannabis entrepreneurs 'could face USA lifetime ban'

16 September 2018, 08:04 | Kelvin Horton

Border official: Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use | TheHill

Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News

Additionally, if the traveler admits to past drug use, they will be found inadmissible to the US.

"Our officers are not going to be asking everyone whether they have used marijuana, but if other questions lead there - or if there is a smell coming from the vehicle, they might ask", he said.

The rub is that it's illegal to have smoked the drug in Canada before October 17, and it's illegal to lie to any border agent who asks about it.

While the interview generated headlines on both sides of the border, people in the industry say the threat of a travel ban has existed for years.

U.S. border officials can deny entry to people who admit to consuming pot or admit they plan to purchase or use marijuana in the USA, even in a state where it is legal.

"There's absolutely no way you can say if you've invested in the is industry you're not going to be allowed into the United States", he said.


Owen said U.S. Customs and Border Protection will apply existing laws against admitting drug users and drug traffickers into the United States.

He will then be giving the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border-or face "expedited removal".

Travelers who receive lifetime bans are eligible to apply for a waiver, although it can take months to process and costs $585 to apply. "If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility".

He added, "At a time when public opinion and the culture around marijuana is rapidly shifting, not just in the USA but around the world, it is inane for USA border officials to maintain such a draconian and backward-looking policy". USA officials also warn that any form of participation in the sector could likewise cause someone to be turned away, signaling potential problems for investors.

Canadians who say they invest in marijuana companies would also be unable to enter the country as the USA doesn't "recognize that as a legal business", Owen said. Marie, Mich., to grab a cheap tank of gas or case of beer anytime soon, as people who work in the marijuana industry - or invest in it - could risk a lifetime travel ban. "Facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in US states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S".

"Every country has the right to judge who gets to come into their borders or not. And I certainly won't work to assume or impress upon the United States who they have to let in or not", Trudeau said at a CBC radio station in Manitoba earlier this week. Justin Trudeau's government and travel agents are warning Canadians to make sure they have no trace of the drug in their cars or luggage.



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