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

Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News

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. The United States of America does not recognize legal marijuana as a legal business. The Horizons Marijuana Life Sciences Index ETF has risen by 134 percent in the past year.

"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.", Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations at the CBP, told Politico.

"But there is no question that we are working with U.S. 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".

"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.

A lot of people will be working at those companies and it's a very safe bet that tens of thousands Canadians have smoked pot.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has often said he's working with US law enforcement to clarify the changes and make sure the border remains smooth.

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

"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.

As Canada moves toward it's October 17legalization date for recreational cannabis, it looks like the move might create more strict border relations with the country and the United States.

Grant McLeod, a senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Beleave Kannibis, has been in the US several times since entering the cannabis industry. This decision will doom many youth before they even get started in life and careers. "This could add to that".

Jordan Sinclair, with Canopy Growth, a major medical marijuana supplier in Canada, told the BBC that while their employees have yet to face difficulties at the US-Canada border, the industry as a whole is seeking more clarity as to how cases will be consistently handled by border officials.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government officials have maintained that despite the change in law, there is no indication marijuana legalisation will shift the U.S. approach in how it deals with Canadians crossing the boundary, and confirmed that involvement in the industry could result in denied entry. "That you are going to start seeing some problems with - especially if they buy operations or start doing business with a US company", he said.

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