U.S. Customs and Border Protection has introduced an replace in coverage which directs that Canadians in the authorized hashish business won’t be banned from getting into the United States. The replace was revealed on-line by the CBP on Tuesday.
“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.,” the replace reads. “However, if a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible.”
Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer from Blaine, Washington, stated that the replace contradicts an announcement launched on September 21.
“It’s a 180-degree turnaround from their statement two weeks ago,” stated Saunders.
The unique assertion clearly famous that employment in Canada’s authorized hashish business could possibly be cited as trigger for denial of entry.
“As marijuana continues to be a controlled substance under United States law, working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect admissibility to the U.S.,” reads the unique assertion.
The CBP announcement additionally notes that whereas staff of the hashish business are permitted to enter the nation, their merchandise are nonetheless unwelcome.
“Requirements for international travelers wishing to enter the United States are governed by and conducted in accordance with U.S. Federal Law, which supersedes state laws,” the new coverage continues. “Although medical and leisure marijuana could also be authorized in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, manufacturing, and distribution of marijuana or the facilitation of the aforementioned stay unlawful underneath U.S. Federal Law. Consequently, crossing the border or arriving at a U.S. port of entry in violation of this regulation might outcome in denied admission, seizure, fines, and apprehension.”
New Policy Offers Protection For Canadians
Saunders stated that the new coverage ought to take away a few of the uncertainty for Canadians and their authorities.
“I think this is a best-case scenario,” he stated. “It should make the Canadian government a lot more comfortable knowing that Canadians doing this in Canada won’t be denied entry. It still tells Canadians they can’t get involved with the U.S. cannabis industry, and a lot of these big companies will be, but at least it protects Canadians doing it legally in Canada.”
With the legalization of hashish in Canada approaching October 17, Saunders believes that the change is a sensible response to altering occasions.
“It’s literally a week before legalization, and the Americans finally have taken a common-sense approach,” Saunders stated.
Saunders added that he’s stunned that the Canadian authorities hasn’t reacted to the change in U.S. coverage.
“Here they are, issuing statements that are vitally important to Canadians and the Canadian government, and you’d think the Canadian government would at least issue a press release and say ‘Hey, it’s not as bad as everyone was anticipating,’” Saunders stated.
Although the new CBP coverage states that “abusers” of medicine together with marijuana could be banned from getting into the nation, he doesn’t consider that the majority hashish customers want to fret.
“For the recreational user, I think they’re going to be OK coming to the U.S.,” Saunders stated.