Canadian Weed Workers Should Be Able to Enter U.S., Says Border Agency

Article by Solomon Israel, The Leaf News

Canadian weed workers should be able to enter U.S., says border agency But new statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection still leaves big questions, says lawyer By: Solomon Israel Cannabis is still illegal under U.S. federal law, which applies at the country's international borders. (Ben Nelms for The Winnipeg Free Press) BLAINE, WASHINGTON .: AUGUST 28, 2018 -- U.S Port of Entry at the Peace Arch Border Crossing on August 28, 2018. (BEN NELMS for Winnipeg Free Press)

Canadians who work in Canada’s legal cannabis industry shouldn’t have trouble crossing the U.S. border, according to a new, clarified statement from U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

The federal agency’s statement was updated on Tuesday, following almost a month of confusion over whether Canadian marijuana workers will be allowed to visit their neighbour to the south. The uncertainty was fuelled by a September Politico article, which quoted a senior CBP official as saying that working in the marijuana industry could be “grounds for inadmissibility” to the United States.

“A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S.,” reads the new CBP statement.

“(However), if a traveller is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible.”

In other words, a Canadian cannabis industry worker should be able to enter the United States, as long as they’re not doing any business related to marijuana in that county.

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