U.S. will ban Canadian pot smokers even though it will be legal in Canada on October 17.
Any Canadian admitting to smoking or having smoked pot faces the prospect of a lifetime ban.
The statement comes from Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations, U.S. Customs and Border Protection Agency.
As well cannabis workers and cannabis investors can also expect a lifetime ban.
The report comes from Politico, a reliable news organization based in Washington, D.C.
The report quotes Owen:
“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 car, they might ask,” Owen says.
“Likewise, marijuana residue, which can linger for weeks inside a car, could be detected by inspection dogs and lead to further questioning.
“If asked about past drug use, travelers should not lie, he says.
“If you lie about it, that’s fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban.”
U.S. Will Ban Canadian Pot Smokers
If you admit to past use of smoking pot you will not be able to enter the U.S.
In such a situation you typically will be allowed to “voluntarily withdraw” from the border or face an “expedited removal.”
A record of that situation will be kept and you will not be allowed to return to the U.S.
But you have the option to apply for a waiver from a lifetime ban.
It will cost you $585 (U.S.)
But such a waiver is issued at the discretion of U.S. border officials.
He also says that working in the pot industry means you cannot enter the U.S.
“If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility.”
The same applies to investors in the pot industry.
“We don’t recognize that as a legal business,” Owen says.
And even before pot becomes legal in Canada, American border guards have taken a tough stance on Canadian pot users.