Article by Sarah Leamon, Cannabis Life Network
Crossing the border may become much more difficult for a certain group of Canadians come October 17, 2018.
While cannabis-users have been gearing up for potential issues at the border for some time, it now appears that people working in the cannabis industry may also be affected – regardless of whether they use the drug or not.
Under U.S. law, anyone associated with the cannabis industry could be banned from entering the country for life, even after it is legalized in Canada nationwide. If it seems harsh, that’s because it is…but it’s all in the context of the War on Drugs.
Cannabis is still an illegal substance in America.
Even though some states, like Washington and Colorado, have chosen to legalize the drug, cannabis is still illegal in the U.S. on a whole. At the federal level, cannabis is prohibited and is classified as a Schedule I substance.
This means that once you cross the border, the joint you touched last week is just as illegal as cocaine or heroin under American law…and rest assured, U.S. border guards will be treating it that way, regardless of what we are allowed to do in our own country.
So, while some cannabis-smoking Canadians have already thought about how they will answer questions about their consumption when crossing the border, people working in the cannabis industry may not have turned their minds to how seemingly benign questions about their employment could affect them.