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

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

Buying or working in the marijuana industry might be legal in Canada next month but according to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Office you will be denied entry to the United States of America. "Facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in USA states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S". Noncitizens seeking entry can be found inadmissible for committing or admitting to either a controlled substances offense a "crime of moral turpitude", regardless of whether they were convicted, according to the act.

"If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility", Mr. Owen said. US officials also warn that any form of participation in the sector could likewise cause someone to be turned away, signaling potential problems for investors.

Meanwhile, during an interview with CBC Manitoba earlier this week, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the federal government is working with us officials to ensure that travel to the States doesn't become an issue when marijuana is legalized in Canada next month.

"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. But users, growers, even investors could be barred from entering the US for life.

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

Anyone who travels to the U.S. regularly knows that a common question at the border is "what do you do for a living?" "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. "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.

Cannabis companies are already being publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange, and it seems like only a matter of time before enforcing prohibition along America's northern border creates serious problems for residents of both countries. This makes me wonder: was he ever in actual contact with U.S. Border Patrol officials during the legalization process? Under the policy, USA officials are to bar entry to Canadians who acknowledge having consumed marijuana at any time in their past, as well as those who are either employed or invested in legal cannabis enterprises.

Although you may not be denied entry simply for having a job that's legal in Canada, marijuana executives who work with US companies may be seen as being engaged in criminal activity, Chang said.

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