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

Canadian pot sector workers could face big troubles at the U.S. borders says analyst

As it stands, anyone who admits to using an illegal drug, regardless of its status in their home country, can be barred from entering the U.S.

Canadians caught crossing the border with marijuana in their auto will face prosecution or a fine of US$5,000.

A lifetime ban will also apply to Canadians who admit to having used marijuana, even after legalization in Canada goes into effect October 17.

Canadians who say they invest in marijuana companies would also be unable to enter the country as the US doesn't "recognize that as a legal business", Owen said. "If you lie about it, that's fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban".

He added, "At a time when public opinion and the culture around marijuana is rapidly shifting, not just in the USA but around the world, it is inane for USA border officials to maintain such a draconian and backward-looking policy". USA border officials have warned Canadians who smoke marijuana, work in the cannabis sector - or even invest in burgeoning pot companies could be barred entering the country. Until his comments, the BI Canada Cannabis Competitive Peers index had gained almost 50 percent since the Canopy-Constellation deal was announced.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has often said he's working with US law enforcement to clarify the changes and make sure the border remains smooth.

So what to do when you want to cross the border?

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They say that despite one in eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident.

The government is also ramping up advertising reminding Canadians of their obligations to obey the laws of both countries. "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. "We already notice somewhat of a trend of some people not going to the USA", said Silver.

Canadians spent $19.8 billion on tourism south of the border in 2016, according to the International Trade Administration. "But if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer", Lorne Waldman, an immigration lawyer, tells Bloomberg.

Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs and investors could face a lifetime ban from the United States over their involvement in the industry, U.S. media report.

NORML staff today responded to reports that the US Customs and Border Protection Agency will enforce a federal policy denying entry into the United States any individual involved Canada's burgeoning marijuana market.

"You're going to see hundreds, if not thousands of Canadians being denied entry, and possibly barred for life at USA ports of entry", he added.

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