Border official: Canadians entering USA risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

Border official: Canadians entering USA risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

Border official: Canadians entering USA risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

Owen said if travelers lie about past drug use during questioning, that's "fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban". He noted that investors from countries like Israel have been denied entry into the U.S. That means treating marijuana users like criminals and those who work in the marijuana industry like drug traffickers, even if they aren't trying to bring any of the stuff into the states. 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.

If someone attempting to cross the border into the US admits to past use of illegal drugs, he or she would be deemed inadmissible to enter.

"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".

Heads up, if you are seeking work in the marijuana industry.

Oh yeah, and if you're asked about past drug use, Owen stated that travellers shouldn't lie. Some 4.6 million Canadians - about 16 percent of the adult population - use weed.

Consider that, after October 17, someone travelling from Canada (where marijuana is legal) to Washington State or Vermont (where marijuana is also legal) could still be stopped at the border, prohibited from entering the United States, and banned from the country for life.

Another official said those participating in the marijuana business may be turned away at the border.

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Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations at Customs and Border Protection, says pot industry workers will not be recognized as a legal business.

CBP has not specified a minimum investment threshold in marijuana businesses that would trigger the lifetime ban. Individual stocks have posted more outsize gains, with Tilray Inc. up more than 600 percent since its July IPO.

In the meantime, workers in Canada's cannabis sector should stay away from the US border until they find a new job, said Levitt. The advice of Goodale and Trudeau is to be honest at the border - and to make sure you're not carrying.

"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. "Officials from the United States have said that they do not plan on changing their questions at primary inspection after cannabis is legalized in Canada".

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.

Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S.at Blaine, Wash.

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