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

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

Canadians involved with the nation's legal marijuana industry risk being barred from life from entering the United States, according to a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official.

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.

"Facilitating the proliferation of 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.", Owen continued. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF has risen by 134 percent in the past year.

"The move has potential to disrupt border crossings between the United States and Canada for travelers who run afoul of American drug laws, even if their activities are legal in Canada", reported Politico, quoting Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations.

Saunders said even when pot becomes legal, the us border is a different story. The advice of Goodale and Trudeau is to be honest at the border - and to make sure you're not carrying.

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

"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Goodale spokesman Scott Bardsley said by email.

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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.

Canadians with no involvement with pot may find their travel also seriously delayed, as the USA steps up screening post-legalization.

"People are careless and I think people will be caught by accident and this will create problems", said Lorne Waldman, an immigration lawyer.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government officials have maintained that despite the change in law, there is no indication marijuana legalisation will shift the United States approach in how it deals with Canadians crossing the boundary, and confirmed that involvement in the industry could result in denied entry. 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.

"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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