Canada cannabis entrepreneurs 'could face United States lifetime ban'

Canada cannabis entrepreneurs 'could face United States lifetime ban'

Canada cannabis entrepreneurs 'could face United States lifetime ban'

A senior United States border official told news site Politico that Canadians in the burgeoning sector could be deemed inadmissible to the US.

She said a person found to have lied to a border agent will face a tougher penalty than a person who uses cannabis or works in the industry and is truthful about it.

Owen says if a traveller is asked about past use use, he shouldn't lie.

Although Owen didn't specify any minimum level of investment, he signaled that the focus was more on those bringing the sector to the USA, which could have implications for the burgeoning sector.

"People are careless and I think people will be caught by accident and this will create problems", said Lorne Waldman, an immigration lawyer.

According to the Politico article, USA border officials allow people admitting to past illegal drug use a chance to "voluntary withdraw" from the border or face what's called "expedited removal".

Owen also said officers won't be asking everyone about their marijuana use or link, only if questions lead there.

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. "We don't recognize that as a legal business".

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Joe Sohm Visions of America/NewscomSmoking marijuana will be legal in Canada next month, but anyone who uses the drug could face a lifetime ban from entering the United States.

An admission of any past drug use is grounds for a lifetime ban from the US, although some banned people can successfully apply for waivers.

"Working or having involvement in the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S.", Mike Niezgoda, a spokesman at the U.S. Customs and Border Protection office in Buffalo, said in an email. Refusal to reply will result in denial of entry for the day but not for life.

"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Canada's public safety office told Bloomberg. So could anyone who works or invests in the country's legal marijuana industry.

Thousands of Canadians have invested in the cannabis companies, which are publicly traded on the Toronto Stock Exchange.

"I think it's incredibly risky for someone to [lie], especially if they are somebody who works in the industry and their affiliation with the industry is readily available online", said Enenajor.

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.

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