Published: Sun, September 16, 2018
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News

Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News

In an extensive interview with Politico, Todd Owen, the executive assistant commissioner for the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Field Operations, said, "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 auto, they might ask". "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?'"

He added, "At a time when public opinion and the culture around marijuana is rapidly shifting, not just in the U.S. but around the world, it is inane for United States border officials to maintain such a draconian and backward-looking policy".

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.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol senior official, those who work in the cannabis industry, those who invest in the cannabis industry, and anybody who tells a U.S. customs agent that he or she has smoked pot-ever-risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S.

A lifetime ban will also apply to Canadians who admit to having used marijuana, even after legalization in Canada goes into effect October 17. Until his comments, the BI Canada Cannabis Competitive Peers index had gained almost 50 percent since the Canopy-Constellation deal was announced.

There have been concerns within Canada's growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border. The advice of Goodale and Trudeau is to be honest at the border - and to make sure you're not carrying.

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.

"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".

Cars from Canada line up to cross into the Blaine, Wash.

Canadians spent $19.8 billion on tourism south of the border in 2016, according to the International Trade Administration.

It could create problems for workers or executives if border officials ask them straightforward questions about their occupations.

In a statement, CBP said that "working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect a foreign national's admissibility to the United States". He noted that investors from countries like Israel have been denied entry into the U.S.

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