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

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

He said he has disclosed his employment each time crossing the border, and has never been turned away.

Should a traveller admit to past use, he will be found to be "inadmissible" to the U.S. US officials also warn that any form of participation in the sector could likewise cause someone to be turned away, signaling potential problems for investors.

"Facilitating the proliferation of 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.", Owen continued.

That means treating marijuana users like criminals and those who work in the marijuana industry like drug traffickers, even if they aren't trying to bring any of the stuff into the states.

According to the Politico article, US 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". Cannabis stocks have been soaring since mid-August, when Canopy Growth Corp. announced a C$5 billion ($3.8 billion) investment from Constellation Brands Inc., the biggest deal in the sector to date.

"It's going to be a real issue for employers and a much bigger issue for employees, who - if I were them - would be panic-stricken right now", said Levitt.

Anyone subject to a lifetime ban from entering the United States can apply for a waiver, though that costs more than $500.

In his interview with Politico, Owen added that Canadians should not expect cannabis-related questions as a matter of routine while crossing the border.

A resident smokes a large marijuana joint during the 420 Day festival on the lawns of Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada, on April 20, 2018.

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.

Bernstein, who also expressed concern about US profiling of people stereotyped as likely marijuana users, said the Canadian government should negotiate with the U.S.at least to secure entry for workers and investors.




In July, a Vancouver businessman was banned from entering the U.S. for life because he had investments in United States marijuana companies.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday Canada is working with USA officials try to make sure travel between the two countries is not disrupted.

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

"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.

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.

The government is also ramping up advertising reminding Canadians of their obligations to obey the laws of both countries.

Grant McLeod, a senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Beleave Kannibis, has been in the USA several times since entering the cannabis industry.

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.

"If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility", Owen told Politico.

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.

"You're not just going to see these northern Washington cases, you're going to see them Canada-wide from east to west coast", he said.


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