Legal pot points to woes at US border

Legal pot points to woes at US border

Polls were taken in the past year or so have shown an overwhelming amount of support for the use of cannabis medicinally or recreationally, and that support has risen exponentially over the past 10-15 years.

Thousands of Canadians likely now own pot stocks in their portfolios and could find themselves barred from the U.S.

Similar comments made by a border official to Politico sent us -traded shares of Canadian marijuana companies tumbling Thursday. Politico says CBP did not specify any minimum level of investment that could trigger a ban.

Immigration lawyers have said they have heard similar stories from clients in the industry.

If CBP inspection dogs are able to detect marijuana residue inside a vehicle, Canadians can be subjected to further questioning at the border.

In an extensive interview with Politico, Todd Owen, the executive assistant commissioner for the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Field Operations, said, "Our officers are not going to be asking everyone whether they have used marijuana, but if other questions lead there-or if there is a smell coming from the auto, they might ask".

As well, marijuana residue, which can linger for weeks inside a vehicle, could be detected by inspection dogs and lead to further questioning.

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He also said that investors in the industry could also face a ban.

"We don't recognize that as a legal business", said Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the office of field operations.

Owen also said officers won't be asking everyone about their marijuana use or link, only if questions lead there. These waivers are issued at the discretion of CBP.

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

"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. Marie, Mich., to grab a cheap tank of gas or case of beer anytime soon, as people who work in the marijuana industry - or invest in it - could risk a lifetime travel ban.

As Canada moves toward it's October 17legalization date for recreational cannabis, it looks like the move might create more strict border relations with the country and the United States.

McLeod is calling on Ottawa to strike an arrangement with the USA government to ensure that Canadians participating in the soon-to-be-legal industry can travel freely between the two nations.

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