As the Trudeau government presses ahead with plans to legalize the sale and purchase of pot, some are wondering whether it could result in longer wait times at the approximate 120 official ports of entry along the northern border.
“It’s an unknown now, but it could have the effect of really slowing down, not just travellers, but truckers, too,” said Stan Korosec, director of security and Canadian government relations for the Detroit International Bridge Co.
“It may thicken the border here,” said Korosec, whose Ambassador Bridge carries a quarter of all merchandise trade between the two countries.
One of the concerns of Korosec and others is that, once Canada starts toking up, those who have consumed pot queuing up at the U.S. border, including American visitors returning home, might trip the alarm system of drug-sniffing dogs and other detection measures deployed by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol.
“Will there be increased secondary inspections and delays? It’s an unknown right now,” Korosec said.