Wednesday, 21 November, 2018

Legal pot points to woes at USA border

Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News Border official: Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use | TheHill
Orlando Vargas | 16 September, 2018, 20:04

Noncitizens seeking entry can be found inadmissible for committing or admitting to either a controlled substances offense a "crime of moral turpitude", regardless of whether they were convicted, according to the act.

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

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that marijuana will be legal across the country starting October 17.

While the interview generated headlines on both sides of the border, people in the industry say the threat of a travel ban has existed for years.

Unites States border patrol officers will not ask about marijuana use but the questioning could lead there if marijuana smoke is smelt or a dog detects marijuana residue.

"Officials from the United States have said that they do not plan on changing their questions at primary inspection after cannabis is legalized in Canada".

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.

He will then be giving the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border-or face "expedited removal". "If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility".

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No matter the traveller's choice, it all goes on the record and that traveller will not be allowed to return to the U.S unless he applies for a waiver to strike the lifetime ban.

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

"We don't recognise that as a legal business", Mr Owen said.

That may be tricky for people who work in the marijuana industry, given that border agents often ask for a visitor's occupation.

In Canada, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said that he doesn't think he has the right to press the United States on its admission policy.

"I certainly won't work to assume or impress upon the US who they have to let in or not".

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

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