Canadian pot users could get flagged at U.S. border

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Border official: Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use | TheHill

Canadians will be barred from entering the United States for smoking marijuana legally, for working in Canada's legal marijuana industry and for investing in legal Canadian marijuana companies, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official says.

That message was delivered by Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, in a news article published Thursday on the Politico website.

"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.

Should a traveller admit to past use, he will be found to be "inadmissible" to the U.S. Still, he said you mustn't lie about it, since that would be "fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban".

U.S. border officials can deny entry to people who admit to consuming pot or admit they plan to purchase or use marijuana in the USA, even in a state where it is legal.

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.

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"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". She agreed they can be lawfully turned away at the border and banned for life. But users, growers, even investors could be barred from entering the USA for life.

Anyone who travels to the United States regularly knows that a common question at the border is "what do you do for a living?" "But if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer", Lorne Waldman, an immigration lawyer, tells Bloomberg. "That person who owns a mutual fund and maybe doesn't even know where their money is going, are they going to be covered as well?" he asked.

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.

According to Politico, whether or not the traveller enters the U.S., a record will be kept by the border agency and that traveller will not be allowed to return to the US.

In the USA, recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., while medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states. 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.

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