Canadian pot smokers can face lifetime ban from U.S.

Canadian pot smokers can face lifetime ban from U.S.

Heads up, if you are seeking work in the marijuana industry.

Companies hiring new employees should ask prospective hires if they have any current or past connection to the marijuana industry that could put them in the crosshairs of USA border officials, he said.

Despite the fact marijuana will be legalized October 17th, U-S border agents will still see pot workers as traffickers of illegal drugs.

Canadians who say they invest in marijuana companies would also be unable to enter the country as the USA doesn't "recognize that as a legal business", Owen said.

It's not uncommon for border patrol officers to ask travellers what they do for a living, and if a Canadian admits to either being employed in or investing in the marijuana industry, it's grounds for inadmissibility into the United States.

Also, marijuana residue - which can linger inside of a auto - could possibly be detected by inspection dogs and lead to further questioning.

Should a traveller admit to past use, he will be found to be "inadmissible" to the U.S.

Owen said that travelers are typically allowed the opportunity for a "voluntary withdraw" from a border crossing but noted records are kept whether a traveler enters the US or not and such a traveler will not be able to return to the U.S. People who have received bans still have the possibility of applying for a waiver from US Customs and Border Protection (CBP). "If you lie about it, that's fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban".

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Anyone who travels to the USA regularly knows that a common question at the border is "what do you do for a living?"

Canadian cannabis entrepreneurs and investors could face a lifetime ban from the U.S. over their involvement in the industry, USA media report. US officials also warn that any form of participation in the sector could likewise cause someone to be turned away, signaling potential problems for investors.

Owen told online news outlet Politico that the USA will continue to enforce its prohibition come Oct 17, when recreational Cannabis becomes legal.

"We don't recognize that as a legal business", the official said, adding that marijuana investors from Israel have already been turned away.

"Every country has the right to judge who gets to come into their borders or not".

In a statement, CBP said that "working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in USA states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect a foreign national's admissibility to the United States".

In the US, recreational marijuana is legal in nine states and Washington, D.C., while medical marijuana is legal in more than two dozen states.

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