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

Border official: Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use | TheHill

Border official: Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use | TheHill

Cannabis-related stocks tumble after-hours following a Politico report that the U.S. may bar Canadians who work in the marijuana industry or invest in the companies from entering the U.S.: TLRY -7.7%, CGC -2.4%, CRON -2.3%.

As long as the substance remains illegal at the federal level in the country, the grounds for inadmissibility are outlined in Section 212 of the US Immigration and Nationality Act, which states that anyone who "is or has been an illicit trafficker in any controlled substance", or who has assisted in trafficking, or obtained financial benefit from the activity can be refused entry.

They could declare users inadmissible - perhaps for life. Justin Trudeau's government and travel agents are warning Canadians to make sure they have no trace of the drug in their cars or luggage.

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There have been concerns within Canada's growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border. "And I certainly won't work to assume or impress upon the U.S. who they have to let in or not", Trudeau said at a CBC radio station in Manitoba earlier this week.

Another official said those participating in the marijuana business may be turned away at the border.

Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has often said he's working with US law enforcement to clarify the changes and make sure the border remains smooth.

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"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Canada's public safety office told Bloomberg.

Employment lawyer Howard Levitt says workers in Canada's cannabis sector who don't want to run the risk of being banned permanently from entering the United States should consider finding a new job. "That person who owns a mutual fund and maybe doesn't even know where their money is going, are they going to be covered as well?" he asked. "We already notice somewhat of a trend of some people not going to the USA", said Silver.

A lifetime ban on entering the US will apply to travellers who admit to using marijuana, employees in the marijuana industry, and investors in the marijuana sector, according to the official.

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's government officials have maintained that despite the change in law, there is no indication marijuana legalisation will shift the U.S. approach in how it deals with Canadians crossing the boundary, and confirmed that involvement in the industry could result in denied entry.

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