Legal pot points to woes at US border

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

Canadians who use marijuana, work in and invest in the marijuana industry risk a lifetime ban on travel to the United States, a US official said this week.

Todd Owen, who spoke to the US website Politico, said the USA does not plan to change its border policies to account for Canada's marijuana legalization, which takes effect on October 17. Let's be clear: "these are people engaged in activity that is legal in their home country of Canada - and it is activity that is also legally regulated in a majority of U.S. states", NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said. But lying to a border agent also carries the risk of a lifetime ban, officials say.

In the meantime, workers in Canada's cannabis sector should stay away from the USA border until they find a new job, said Levitt.

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

"They have to not be surprised if that becomes the result of their actions", Enenajor said on CBC's Metro Morning.

Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S.at Blaine, Wash. His company is one of dozens of federally licensed producers. This is likely to cause a lot of problems for Canadians crossing the border. "And I certainly won't work to assume or impress upon the USA who they have to let in or not", Trudeau said at a CBC radio station in Manitoba earlier this week.

McLeod is calling on Ottawa to strike an arrangement with the USA government to ensure that Canadians participating in the soon-to-be-legal industry can travel freely between the two nations.

He added, "At a time when public opinion and the culture around marijuana is rapidly shifting, not just in the U.S. but around the world, it is inane for United States border officials to maintain such a draconian and backward-looking policy".

"Our officers are not going to be asking everyone whether they have used marijuana, but if other questions lead there - or if there is a smell coming from the auto, they might ask", the official said.

A potential life-time ban could be issued to many former high-ranking police officers and politicians who are now directly involved in the pot business.

Owen also stated in the Politico article that workers who rely on the NEXUS program to cross the border - truckers, for example - can lose their NEXUS privileges because of marijuana use.

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.

"The United States may change their opinion on cannabis in the future, but they will never change their position on lying to border officials".

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