Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Markets | By Otis Pena

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

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

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection has received the spotlight as of recent as a top official states any individuals who work or invest in the recreationally legal cannabis industry, will be treated as though they are illegal drug traffickers when trying to gain entry into the U.S. The massive irony behind this stems from the legal standing of cannabis in more than 30 U.S. states with nine of those having recreationally legal marijuana as well.

A report by Politico, states that as Canada prepares for legalization on October 17, and while some USA states have eased their pot laws, the U.S. continues to maintain the prohibition which applies at the border.

"Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under U.S. federal law", Niezgoda said. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF has risen by 134 percent in the past year.

Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the CBP's Office of Field Operations, said Canadians can be denied entry and permanently banned from visiting the US for working or investing in marijuana, even once federally legal recreational weed sales begin north of the border next month, Politico Thursday. "And I certainly won't work to assume or impress upon the U.S. who they have to let in or not", Trudeau said at a CBC radio station in Manitoba earlier this week.

I recall Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stating that there is no reason legalized pot should prompt tighter screening at the USA border.

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

Owen told online news outlet Politico that the us will continue to enforce its prohibition come Oct 17, when recreational Cannabis becomes legal.

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They say that despite one in eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident.

People with connections to Canada's nascent legal cannabis industry say they're increasingly concerned about the prospect of a lifetime travel ban from the United States.

The government is also ramping up advertising reminding Canadians of their obligations to obey the laws of both countries.

"It's going to happen even more, and especially now that they're going after business travelers, it's going to be the Wild West at the border".

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Canadians spent $19.8 billion on tourism south of the border in 2016, according to the International Trade Administration. "No lawyer could counsel anyone to lie to a border agent, but if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer". 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.

Canadians crossing the boarder who like to smoke the occasional marijuana should keep that to themselves otherwise they might be refused entry into the land of the free. "That you are going to start seeing some problems with - especially if they buy operations or start doing business with a USA company", he said.

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