Skip to comments.Canadians who smoke marijuana legally, or work or invest in the industry, will be barred from the US
Posted on 09/14/2018 1:31:17 PM PDT by Decombobulator
WASHINGTONCanadians will be barred from entering the United States for smoking marijuana legally, for working in Canadas legal marijuana industry and for investing in legal Canadian marijuana companies, a senior U.S. Customs and Border Protection official says.
Todd Owen, who spoke to the U.S. website Politico, said the U.S. does not plan to change its border policies to account for Canadas marijuana legalization, which takes effect on Oct. 17.
We dont recognize that as a legal business, said Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the office of field operations.
Owens comments corroborated anecdotal reports that have accumulated over the course of the year. Canadians with links to the nascent legal industry, including venture capitalist Sam Znaimer and the chief executive of a B.C. agricultural machinery company, have already been given lifetime entry bans.
Owen said border officers will not begin asking every Canadian about their marijuana use.
He said, however, that officers might ask if other questions lead there, or if there is a smell coming from the car, or if a dog detects marijuana residue.
Owen did not specify how much equity a Canadian has to hold in a cannabis company to be denied entry. Scott Bernstein, senior policy analyst at the Canadian Drug Policy Coalition, said he is troubled by the lack of clarity.
Thousands of Canadians have shares in cannabis companies, which are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.
Theyre investing in a completely legal industry in Canada, but it happens to be the cannabis industry . That person who owns a mutual fund and maybe doesnt even know where their money is going, are they going to be covered as well? Bernstein said.
Bernstein, who also expressed concern about U.S. profiling of people stereotyped as likely marijuana users, said the Canadian government should negotiate with the U.S. at least to secure entry for workers and investors.
But Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday that he does not think he has the right to press the U.S. on its admission policy.
Every country has the right to judge who gets to come into their borders or not. I wouldnt presume to have any other country tell me how or who we can let into Canada. And I certainly wont work to assume or impress upon the U.S. who they have to let in or not, Trudeau told a CBC radio station in Manitoba.
But there is no question that we are working with U.S. officials; they have legalized marijuana in a number of their states, and were trying to make sure that travel between our two countries (is) not disrupted.
While nine states and Washington, D.C. now allow the recreational use of marijuana, the U.S. federal government continues to consider it illegal.
Attorney General Jeff Sessions has sought to crack down on the drug.
An admission of any past drug use is grounds for a lifetime ban from the U.S., although some banned people can successfully apply for waivers.
Travellers can refuse to answer a U.S. officers questions; their silence may be used to deny them entry that day, but they can avoid a lifetime ban.
Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer in the state of Washington who represents people dealing with cannabis-related issues, said he did not think that an average investor in cannabis stock would be barred from the U.S. Only people more actively involved in managing their assets, such as Znaimer, or employees of cannabis-linked venture capital firms, are likely to face such a proscription.
But nobody knows for sure.
Im doing a booming business on consultations with Canadians, businesspeople, involved in the cannabis industry, whether its in Canada or the U.S. Theyre scared, he said.
Shares of several cannabis companies declined after the Politico report was published.
For your interest.
So, no more snowbirds?.......................
Does Jeff Sessions know that about half the states have legalized marijuana in some form or fashion?
C’mon Jeff. There’s more important things to attend to.
Works for me.
A couple months ago, I saw my aunt, who I hadn’t seen in at least a decade. Her daughter, my cousin works at a dispensary and my aunt, who still has many leftover hippie tendencies was pontificating all about CBD and medical weed and how it could cure every malady known to man.
Florida might have a bit of a problem with this. Knock on the snowbirds all you want, but they dump a LOT of money into Florida in the winter (several other states too).
Good old Jeff sessions. Stop Canadian visitors who want to smoke weed at the border. Let camel jockeys flood in.
It’s the only thing Rod Rosenstein will let him do, so he does it with gusto.
Good. Now maybe this will also keep out all the Liberal Party volunteers who come down here every election to walk precincts for Democrats!!!
I don’t think admission to the US should be denied except on the basis the Canadian is under the influence or is carrying pot.
US law enforcement should have higher priorities.
The policy is also contrary to the spirit of NAFTA.
“Cmon Jeff. Theres more important things to attend to.”
This is under DHS, not DOJ.
And this Todd fella is probably speaking about current policy.
When the implications are known the policy will be changed from above.
Count on it.
If you want to get on the fast track to stupidity, smoke weed on a regular basis.
Don't smoke a joint while crossing the border.
I’m in Florida. We love our snowbirds....................
You cannot enter Canukistan if you have a DWI on your driving record going back 20 years or more.
So, I fail to see where those who work in the marijuana industry presently shouldn’t feel some heat. Like it or not Marijuana is still Schedule 1 controlled substance.
Sounds like a prohibitionist section of the swamp that needs draining.
He does have more important things to do, which is why he’s not going to spend any time changing the law, he’s going to leave the law as it is.
Sorry. Wrong agency, but same sentiment.
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