U.S. issuing lifetime travel bans for anyone remotely connected to the Canadian cannabis industry
Come this October cannabis is officially legal in Canada. Regardless that cannabis still remains very much illegal in the United States.
In addition to those who have used cannabis, Canadians who are involved with the cannabis industry have been labeled ‘inadmissible to the United States because they are considered to be living off the profits of a “drug trade”.
A recent trip that Jay Evans, CEO of Keirton Inc., tried to make to the United States with two colleagues. The group was heading to a meeting where they hoped to convince American counterparts to collaborate on a machine for cannabis production.
“We had not yet designed the product, we had not yet marketed the product, and we’d not yet sold the product,” Evans told Star Metro Vancouver.
Regardless, they’d caught the interest of U.S. Customs and Border Protection.
During routine questioning, one of the three men mentioned their engineered design would be used in the Canadian cannabis industry, once this was mentioned they were immediately taken into the secondary inspection facility for further scrutiny,” Star Metro Vancouver reports.
All three men were handed lifetime bans that forbid them from entering the United States of America.
Regardless that a number of U.S. states have already legalized cannabis. A number of states have legalized recreational cannabis and more than 30 have legalized medicinal cannabis. Production, distribution, and possession of cannabis—whether for recreational or medicinal use—remains illegal at the federal level of the U.S. government.
And the United States’ borders fall under a federal jurisdiction… Meaning that for the foreseeable future, it sounds like any resident of Canada even remotely connected to our totally legal cannabis industry is going to have something to worry about if they attempt to drive down to Buffalo for the weekend.
Since most provinces and territories (including B.C.) have decided to sell recreational marijuana via stores and online outlets owned by provincial authorities, many Canadians at risk of U.S. travel bans will be employees of a provincial government.