As Canada prepares for the legalization of marijuana nation-wide, people who invest in the booming pot sector could risk a life-time at the border, according to a senior official who oversees the United States border operations.
"The move has potential to disrupt border crossings between the U.S. and Canada for travelers who run afoul of American drug laws, even if their activities are legal in Canada", reported Politico, quoting Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations.
"Facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S.", Owen continued.
Enenajor said pot users and people connected to the industry are considered "inadmissible aliens" under USA law.
"If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility", Mr. Owen said.
Canada subsequently legalized marijuana earlier this year, following through on a campaign promise pledged by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau prior to being elected in 2015 and paving the way for provinces to start allowing retail pot sales starting October 17.
"But there is no question that we are working with U.S. officials; they have legalized marijuana in a number of their states, and we're trying to make sure that travel between our two countries (is) not disrupted".
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"It's going to be a real issue for employers and a much bigger issue for employees, who - if I were them - would be panic-stricken right now", said Levitt. She agreed they can be lawfully turned away at the border and banned for life.
There have been concerns within Canada's growing cannabis industry for months that they may face trouble crossing the border.
Saunders said even when pot becomes legal, the USA border is a different story.
"There's absolutely no way you can say if you've invested in the is industry you're not going to be allowed into the United States", he said. "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.
Cars from Canada line up to cross into the U.S.at Blaine, Wash.
It could create problems for workers or executives if border officials ask them straightforward questions about their occupations.