Canada's legal marijuana creates risk for investors at U.S. border

Joe Sohm Visions of America  Newscom

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.

Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the CBP's Office of Field Operations, said Canadians can be denied entry and permanently banned from visiting the USA for working or investing in marijuana, even once federally legal recreational weed sales begin north of the border next month, Politico Thursday.

"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.

In the meantime, workers in Canada's cannabis sector should stay away from the US border until they find a new job, said Levitt.

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"If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility", Mr. Owen said. Justin Trudeau's government and travel agents are warning Canadians to make sure they have no trace of the drug in their cars or luggage.

A report by Politico, states that as Canada prepares for legalization on October 17, and while some USA states have eased their pot laws, the U.S. continues to maintain the prohibition which applies at the border. She agreed they can be lawfully turned away at the border and banned for life.

In a piece titled, "U.S. Border Policy on Pot Is About to Get Even Stupider", Splinter's Sophie Weiner points out that upcoming "midterms could change all of this".

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.

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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. "We already notice somewhat of a trend of some people not going to the USA", said Silver.

It could create problems for workers or executives if border officials ask them straightforward questions about their occupations. This is not to say that anyone who does work in this industry could potentially deny their participation in such, but the publicized move by the border agency seems to be more of a power play to show the U.S.'s need to continue its failed decades long "War on Drugs" now being led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions.

Although you may not be denied entry simply for having a job that's legal in Canada, marijuana executives who work with USA companies may be seen as being engaged in criminal activity, Chang said.

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