Canadian Marijuana Workers Won't Be Barred For Life If They Try To Enter The United States
This decision is a huge turnaround.
Here's some good news if you're involved in Canada's legal pot industry! The US Customs and Border Protection announced that you will be allowed to enter the country, even if you're in the pot business.
Just a few weeks ago, it was announced that Canadians who had anything to do with pot would beif they tried to enter the United States. They even went as far to say, you could potentially be barred for life!
Now, they've changed their minds and reversed their statements!
In late September, CBP announced that legal Canadian cannabis workers ranging in retail workers all the way to support staff would be banned from crossing the border.
However, an updated statement from them now says, “a Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S.” They made the announcement Tuesday but most Canadians didn't notice until Wednesday night.
The statement does caution that cannabis workers entering the states for reasons related to marijuana can still be barred. While it is legal in some states, it is still illegal under federal law.
This new policy also doesn't make a difference to those who use marijuana recreationally. If you come through the border smelling of pot or border patrol catches onto your pot purchases, you can still be barred.
However, for legal pot workers, you may all take this moment to breathe a huge sigh of relief. Legalization is in T-minus six days, Canada.