Article by Mohamed Omar, Huffington Post
Legal marijuana is about to become a reality in Canada.
The move could prove to be a sea change for local economies, policing efforts, governments, schools, workplaces — you name it.
But what about the U.S. border? What should Canadians know if they’re crossing over after marijuana is legalized?
To answer this question, HuffPost Canada reached out to Len Saunders, an attorney based in Blaine, Wash. who regularly works with clients barred or denied from entering the U.S. over marijuana-related issues.
Here are some of his tips for travellers crossing the border after weed becomes legal:
You most definitely cannot bring marijuana with you across the border
The federal government has made it abundantly clear that even though pot will be legal in Canada on Oct. 17, it is absolutely, totally, 100 per cent not allowed to be taken out of the country.
Even if you accidentally forgot some in your car, Saunders says, officers could slap you with a hefty fine and a lifetime ban from the U.S.
You can’t bring pot back from the U.S., either, even if you’re coming back from a state that has legalized it like Washington State or Colorado.
This also applies to medical marijuana.