After announcing in September that anyone involved in Canada’s legal cannabis trade could be banned from entering the United States, and even risk jail time, U.S. officials have changed their tune. “A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S.,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement this week. Although the decision has since been changed, it comes with a hitch. “If a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible,” officials added. This comes after the statement in September that said Canadian legalization doesn’t change the fact that American laws treat marijuana as a banned substance, and industry insiders as drug traffickers. Crossing the border in violation “may result in denied admission, seizure, fines, and apprehension,” the earlier statement said. “As marijuana continues to be a controlled substance under United States law, working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect admissibility to the U.S.” Read also: Will Ottawa step up so legal cannabis workers aren’t deemed criminals at U.S. border? While immigration lawyers had been concerned about this for some time, the alarm bells got louder after U.S. border guards released the first statement. B.C.’s Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth called on Ottawa to work with the U.S. to find a solution, noting he’s heard of people who have received lifetime bans for trying to attend a cannabis event or purchase cannabis equipment in the United States. “This is very much an issue that the federal government needs to make a priority and take very seriously in trying to find a solution, because the impact could be significant,” he said at the time. Farnworth even said he was considering dropping the word ‘cannabis’ from the name of the government’s cannabis stores out of concern that employees would experience problems at the border.
Source: Rising Tide Consultants

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