Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Business | By Eloise Houston

Legal pot points to woes at USA border

Legal pot points to woes at USA border

Cannabis-related stocks tumble after-hours following a Politico report that the U.S. may bar Canadians who work in the marijuana industry or invest in the companies from entering the U.S.: TLRY -7.7%, CGC -2.4%, CRON -2.3%.

"The move has potential to disrupt border crossings between the U.S. and Canada for travelers who run afoul of American drug laws, even if their activities are legal in Canada", reported Politico, quoting Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations. It has been legalized in nine US states and Washington, D.C., but remains illegal at a federal level.

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

Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on October 17. our neighbours to the south? She agreed they can be lawfully turned away at the border and banned for life.

Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale said during a 2016 interview that he would raise concerns with the us after several major news reports highlighted specific examples of Canadians barred from visiting on account of their admitted marijuana use amid states legalizing the plant for medical and recreational purposes in spite of federal prohibition.

"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 vehicle, they might ask", Todd Owen, a CBP official, told Politico. This makes me wonder: was he ever in actual contact with U.S. Border Patrol officials during the legalization process?

"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Goodale spokesman Scott Bardsley said by email.

"It's going to happen even more, and especially now that they're going after business travelers, it's going to be the Wild West at the border". "No lawyer could counsel anyone to lie to a border agent, but if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer".

Border authorities can ban others indirectly involved with Canada's marijuana industry from entering the U.S., Mr. Owen continued, including investors since the Immigration and Nationality Act applies to people who have financially benefited from the plant, Politico reported.

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