Quebec’s Cannabis Agency Calls on Ottawa to Protect U.S.-Bound Canadians With Industry Ties

Article by CBC News

Quebec's cannabis agency calls on Ottawa to protect U.S.-bound Canadians with industry ties Facebook Twitter Reddit LinkedIn U.S. admissibility comes down to customs agent's discretion, says SQDC CBC News Cannabis will be legal in Canada as of Oct. 17, 2018, but there are some issues to consider — like what could happen at the U.S. border if you admit to smoking the drug or if you work in the industry. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

With a month to go before marijuana is legalized in Canada, Quebec’s new cannabis agency is calling on the federal government to address the worry that Canadians who work in the industry may be barred from entering the United States.

“I think the citizens have to be protected. It’s as simple as that,” says Jean-François Bergeron, the provincial liquor board (SAQ) executive who’s heading up the creation of the Société québécoise du cannabis (SQDC).

“We are obviously concerned.”

While the SQDC and its counterparts in other provinces have been examining that issue closely, there is little they can do to influence the way the U.S. manages its borders.

That’s a discussion that must be left up to Ottawa and Washington, Bergeron said.

The SQDC will do whatever it can to protect any employee that is stuck at the border, said Bergeron, who is also the SAQ’s vice-president of information technology.

“The action we can take for the moment is not really clear, and that is the reason why we have to have more clarity from Quebec as well as from the federal [government].”

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