Canada cannabis entrepreneurs 'could face US lifetime ban'


Polls were taken in the past year or so have shown an overwhelming amount of support for the use of cannabis medicinally or recreationally, and that support has risen exponentially over the past 10-15 years.

As it stands, anyone who admits to using an illegal drug, regardless of its status in their home country, can be barred from entering the U.S.

Typically, travellers will be given the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border, or they face an "expedited removal".

In July, a Vancouver businessman was banned from entering the United States for life because he had investments in USA marijuana companies. "But if an agent asks the question, I suppose they could decline to answer", Lorne Waldman, an immigration lawyer, tells Bloomberg.

Canadians caught crossing the border with marijuana in their auto will face prosecution or a fine of US$5,000.

Unites States border patrol officers will not ask about marijuana use but the questioning could lead there if marijuana smoke is smelt or a dog detects marijuana residue. USA officials also warn that any form of participation in the sector could likewise cause someone to be turned away, signaling potential problems for investors.

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"We don't recognize that as a legal business", said Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the office of field operations.

As Canada prepares to legalize marijuana nationwide beginning October 17th, a high-level official in the Trump administration says the United States will now start implementing possible lifetime bans on Canadian citizens who are cannabis users, industry workers, or investors.

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.

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

"There's absolutely no way you can say if you've invested in the is industry you're not going to be allowed into the United States", he said. Medical marijuana has been legal since 2001.

McLeod is calling on Ottawa to strike an arrangement with the US government to ensure that Canadians participating in the soon-to-be-legal industry can travel freely between the two nations. But the drug remains a Schedule 1 controlled substance - alongside LSD, heroin, and ecstasy - under U.S. federal law.