Canada cannabis entrepreneurs 'could face U.S. lifetime ban'

Gladys Abbott
September 16, 2018

Should a traveller admit to past use, he will be found to be "inadmissible" to the U.S.

Also, marijuana residue - which can linger inside of a auto - could possibly be detected by inspection dogs and lead to further questioning.

As Canada's new law to legalize and regulate marijuana is set to go into effect on October 17, Canadian officials are warning citizens to remain cautious when they visit the United States.

"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", Owen told the publication.

Employment lawyer Howard Levitt says workers in Canada's cannabis sector who don't want to run the risk of being banned permanently from entering the United States should consider finding a new job.

He will then be giving the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border-or face "expedited removal". People who have received bans still have the possibility of applying for a waiver from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP).

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

Owen says if a traveller is asked about past use use, he shouldn't lie.

"We don't recognize that as a legal business".

"It's basically black and white-if you admit to a USA border officer at a US port of entry that you've smoked marijuana in the past, whether it's in Canada or the USA, you will be barred entry for life to the United States", said Washington-state lawyer Len Saunders.

As long as the substance remains illegal at the federal level in the country, the grounds for inadmissibility are outlined in Section 212 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act, which states that anyone who "is or has been an illicit trafficker in any controlled substance", or who has assisted in trafficking, or obtained financial benefit from the activity can be refused entry. I wouldn't presume to have any other country tell me how or who we can let into Canada.

"It's going to be a real issue for employers and a much bigger issue for employees, who - if I were them - would be panic-stricken right now", said Levitt. Justin Trudeau's government and travel agents are warning Canadians to make sure they have no trace of the drug in their cars or luggage.

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