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Canadian pot smokers can face lifetime ban from U.S.

Canadian pot smokers can face lifetime ban from U.S.

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.

So could anyone who works or invests in the country's legal marijuana industry. The U.S. government views foreigners working in the marijuana industry the same way they would someone working for an illegal drug cartel or as a dealer, regardless of their home nation's laws.

"Canadians are going to let their guard down and think what's the problem?" said Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations.

As well, marijuana residue, which can linger for weeks inside a auto, could be detected by inspection dogs and lead to further questioning.

Oh yeah, and if you're asked about past drug use, Owen stated that travellers shouldn't lie.

"Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under U.S. federal law", Niezgoda said.

What to do? Well, lying to a border agent is considered fraud and is also grounds for a lifetime ban.

He will then be giving the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border-or face "expedited removal".

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Owen said that travelers are typically allowed the opportunity for a "voluntary withdraw" from a border crossing but noted records are kept whether a traveler enters the USA or not and such a traveler will not be able to return to the U.S.

Travelers who receive lifetime bans are eligible to apply for a waiver, although it can take months to process and costs $585 to apply.

Marijuana becomes legal in Canada on October 17. our neighbours to the south? Likewise, investors in pot companies are considered inadmissible.

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.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government officials have maintained that despite the change in law, there is no indication marijuana legalisation will shift the United States approach in how it deals with Canadians crossing the boundary, and confirmed that involvement in the industry could result in denied entry.

"Every country has the right to judge who gets to come into their borders or not".

"I certainly won't work to assume or impress upon the US who they have to let in or not. And I certainly won't work to assume or impress upon the United States who they have to let in or not", Trudeau said at a CBC radio station in Manitoba earlier this week.

In the USA, recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., while medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states.


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