Marijuana Legal Woes For Canadians Loom at U.S. Border

Article by Dave Bettagello, Windsor Star

Marijuana legal woes for Canadians loom at U.S. border No changes of U.S. federal law on marijuana appear on the horizon and that spells trouble for Windsorites crossing the border — even with looming legalization of cannabis on this side of the border. Dave Battagello, Windsor StarDAVE BATTAGELLO, WINDSOR STAR. U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers stand at the U.S. side of the Detroit-Windsor Tunnel in this 2013 file photo. TREVOR WILHELM / WINDSOR STAR

A Windsor immigration lawyer is calling on the U.S. government and its border officers to use common sense when dealing with Canadians entering the country once recreational marijuana becomes legal.

“The law hasn’t caught up with the times,” said Andrew Porter.

Hopefully, “rational minds will prevail” and there will be “balance on this” in regards to treatment at the border of personal cannabis consumption by Canadians, Porter said.

“Set the parameters on what is reasonable with today’s society.”

But the United States has no plans to change its marijuana laws federally and for now that spells trouble for Windsorites.

“The U.S. is addressing this on a state-by-state basis, but there is no indication they will adjust federal laws on marijuana,” Porter said.

For Canadians crossing the border — including up to 7,000 commuters per day — that presents a situation where “they will have to think twice on how they present themselves at the U.S. port of entry,” he said.

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