Border official: Canadians entering United States risk lifetime ban for marijuana use

039;If You Work For The Industry That Is Grounds For Inadmissibility,' Says US Border Official On Canadian Cannabis Legalization

That message was delivered by Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, in a news article published Thursday on the Politico website. "You need to stay off the radar - if there's something that prompts them to think that you are a marijuana user, the first question will be: 'Do you smoke marijuana?'"

So even after legalization in Canada, if a traveller admits to past use of any illegal drugs, including marijuana, the traveller will be found to be inadmissible into the United States.

Saunders said even when pot becomes legal, the USA border is a different story.

Another official said those participating in the marijuana business may be turned away at the border. Under the policy, U.S. officials are to bar entry to Canadians who acknowledge having consumed marijuana at any time in their past, as well as those who are either employed or invested in legal cannabis enterprises.

In July, a Vancouver businessman was banned from entering the USA for life because he had investments in U.S. marijuana companies. Individual stocks have posted more outsize gains, with Tilray Inc. up more than 600 percent since its July IPO.

"I would not be crossing the border until I am safely out of that company", he said.

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

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"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.

Despite that Canada will have legal cannabis nationwide in a month, and that a majority of states have legalized cannabis to some extent, the plant remains illegal at the federal level. That message hasn't "fully sunk in" yet, especially with more casual tourists, said Continental Travel Group President Daryl Silver. "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.

Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S.at Blaine, Wash. "This could add to that". The figure was $27.2 billion in 2014, when the country's currency was close to par with the greenback. "But if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer", Lorne Waldman, an immigration lawyer, tells Bloomberg.

And now, Canadians who work in the marijuana industry will not be permitted to enter the US.

As Canada's new law to legalize and regulate marijuana is set to go into effect on October 17, Canadian officials are warning citizens to remain cautious when they visit the United States.

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

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