Canada cannabis entrepreneurs 'could face United States lifetime ban'


Likewise, investors in pot companies are considered inadmissible.

Canada is about to become the second country in the world and the world's first major industrialized nation to legalize recreational marijuana, but the drug remains illegal under USA federal law.

"But there is no question that we are working with USA 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". This makes me wonder: was he ever in actual contact with U.S. Border Patrol officials during the legalization process? 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.

Because of that, U.S. Immigration Attorney Len Saunders says people working in Canada's pot industry could face challenges.

In a statement, CBP said that "working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in USA states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect a foreign national's admissibility to the United States".

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. The United States of America does not recognize legal marijuana as a legal business. She agreed they can be lawfully turned away at the border and banned for life.

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In its report, Politico spoke with Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, who said that border officials are not planning to go out of their way to interrogate every Canadian traveller about marijuana use, but there will be factors may cause them to raise the topic.

People that work or have connections with the new legalized business have been already placed on a lifetime ban in entering the United States. Until his comments, the BI Canada Cannabis Competitive Peers index had gained almost 50 percent since the Canopy-Constellation deal was announced.

I recall Safety Minister Ralph Goodale stating that there is no reason legalized pot should prompt tighter screening at the USA border.

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.

Employment lawyer Howard Levitt says workers in Canada's cannabis sector who don't want to run the risk of being banned permanently from entering the United States should consider finding a new job. That message hasn't "fully sunk in" yet, especially with more casual tourists, said Continental Travel Group President Daryl Silver.

Cars from Canada line up to cross into the Blaine, Wash.