Legal pot points to woes at US border

Legal pot points to woes at US border

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.

"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. Marie, Mich., to grab a cheap tank of gas or case of beer anytime soon, as people who work in the marijuana industry - or invest in it - could risk a lifetime travel ban.

Not every traveller will be asked whether they use marijuana, but Owen also outlined several signs of pot use that officials will not ignore.

The federally illegal standing of cannabis in the US means that those who work or invest in the cannabis sector in Canada could be treated as though they are a drug dealer or working for some sort of cartel, despite the market being legal for many years at this point. But, the traveller will have the opportunity to apply for a waiver from a lifetime ban, which costs United States dollars $585 and requires several months to process.

Oh yeah, and if you're asked about past drug use, Owen stated that travellers shouldn't lie. These waivers are issued at the discretion of CBP.

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

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"We don't recognize that as a legal business", Mr. Owen added.

"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.

Since weed is still illegal under United States federal laws, getting caught transporting any across the border comes with serious consequences.

"Of course there's always going to be a concern, but the reality is, I can only tell the truth", he said.

"But there is no question that we are working with U.S. officials; they have legalized marijuana in a number of their states, and we're trying to make sure that travel between our two countries (is) not disrupted". Let's be clear: "these are people engaged in activity that is legal in their home country of Canada - and it is activity that is also legally regulated in a majority of USA states", NORML Deputy Director Paul Armentano said.

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