Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Money | By Armando Alvarado

Border official: Canadians entering United States risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

Border official: Canadians entering United States risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

Enenajor said pot users and people connected to the industry are considered "inadmissible aliens" under us law.

"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 auto, they might ask", he said.

On October 17, 2018 in Canada, marijuana will be legal to buy and smoke across the country.

It's not uncommon for border patrol officers to ask travellers what they do for a living, and if a Canadian admits to either being employed in or investing in the marijuana industry, it's grounds for inadmissibility into the United States. However if you are planning a trip to the United States think twice.

He will then be giving the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border-or face "expedited removal". These waivers are issued at the discretion of CBP.

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He added that rather than lie at the border it is better to not respond to the questions. US officials also warn that any form of participation in the sector could likewise cause someone to be turned away, signaling potential problems for investors.

"We don't recognize that as a legal business", said Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the office of field operations. This is not to say that anyone who does work in this industry could potentially deny their participation in such, but the publicized move by the border agency seems to be more of a power play to show the U.S.'s need to continue its failed decades long "War on Drugs" now being led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed the matter on Tuesday, though he has said publicly he has smoked pot. "Facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in USA 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", he said. "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", Trudeau told CBC Manitoba.

"A lot of people don't understand that they are still going to have problems after legalization", said Henry Chang, a partner at Blaney McMurtry LLP in Toronto who handles immigration law on both sides of the border.

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