Pot-smoking Canadians to be barred from US

16 September, 2018, 20:04 | Author: Brooke Harris
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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.

The U.S. government views foreigners working in the marijuana industry the same way they would someone working for an illegal drug cartel or as a dealer, regardless of their home nation's laws. "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.

Buying or working in the marijuana industry might be legal in Canada next month but according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office you will be denied entry to the United States of America. Stocks that immediately declined in late trading included Tilray Inc., which declined more than 5%; Canopy Growth Corp., which dropped about 4%; and Cronos Group Inc., which also fell about 4%.

"Of course there's always going to be a concern, but the reality is, I can only tell the truth", he said. According to the Politico article, US border officials allow people admitting to past illegal drug use a chance to "voluntary withdraw" from the border or face what's called "expedited removal".

As cannabis in the US continues to be normalized by the growing amount of domestic legal industries, it seems as though moves like these will continue to be in opposition to what the majority of the USA wants, and clearly what Canada would like to see.

A resident smokes a large marijuana joint during the 420 Day festival on the lawns of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on April 20, 2018.

As long as the substance remains illegal at the federal level in the country, the grounds for inadmissibility are outlined in Section 212 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act, which states that anyone who "is or has been an illicit trafficker in any controlled substance", or who has assisted in trafficking, or obtained financial benefit from the activity can be refused entry. She agreed they can be lawfully turned away at the border and banned for life.

Todd Owen, the executive assistant commissioner for the Customs and Border Protection's Office of Field Operations, told Politico in a report published on Thursday that Canadians who work in the industry and travel into the USA could face a lifetime ban.

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In July, a Vancouver businessman was banned from entering the United States for life because he had investments in USA marijuana companies. Until his comments, the BI Canada Cannabis Competitive Peers index had gained almost 50 percent since the Canopy-Constellation deal was announced.

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

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

"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Canada's public safety office told Bloomberg.

So even after legalization in Canada, if a traveller admits to past use of any illegal drugs, including marijuana, the traveller will be found to be inadmissible into the United States. That message hasn't "fully sunk in" yet, especially with more casual tourists, said Continental Travel Group President Daryl Silver. This decision will doom many youth before they even get started in life and careers.

Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S.at Blaine, Wash. The figure was $27.2 billion in 2014, when the country's currency was close to par with the greenback.

Owen also said Canadians who tell border agents they work in the marijuana industry risk not being permitted to enter the country.

"You're not just going to see these northern Washington cases, you're going to see them Canada-wide from east to west coast", he said.


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