Canada has seen American youngsters come across the border to party and drink legally since the drinking age is lower. The country is now expecting tourists to enjoy the legally available recreational weed, but it looks like federal officers may bust the party.
At the U.S. border, the drug remains forbidden by federal law and people who may have used it in a perfectly legal way in a place where it was legal to use marijuana can be penalised.
Recreational marijuana is legal in 9 states in the U.S. Yet, according to reports Canadians have faced legal action after they told border security officials that they had used it in the past.
U.S. citizens trying to cross back into their home turf with marijuana bought legally in Canada could be arrested for drug smuggling. At the same time, Canadians who admit to having used in the past could be banned from entering.
According to many accounts, federal agents usually start by asking about drug possession and then move on to questions about heroin and marijuana and finally, whether the person has used weed in the past. The actions that follow could depend on whether you are a Canadian or a U.S. citizen and whether you have marijuana at the time or if you have acknowledged that you may have smoked a joint at a party.
[pullquote align= “normal” cite=”- U.S. Customs and Border Protection”] “Crossing the border with marijuana is prohibited and could potentially result in seizure, fines, and apprehension,” [/pullquote]
Canadian weed lounges and sellers are looking to use the opportunity to lure in Americans who are not able to smoke in their states legally. Sure, they are likely to have a good time while here, however going back home could be an issue, especially if they decide to be truthful to the border officials.
“Crossing the border with marijuana is prohibited and could potentially result in seizure, fines, and apprehension,” U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
Customs and Border Protection can also ask Canadians whether they have ever used drugs. If they say they have, they could be banned from entering the U.S. Similarly; they could also be banned and refused entry if they avoid answering the question.
“CBP is always concerned about criminal activity at our U.S. borders. CBP officers are the nation’s first line of defence, including prevention of illegal importation of narcotics, including marijuana. U.S. federal law prohibits the importation of marijuana and CBP officers will continue to enforce that law.” The CBP recently said.
Unfortunately after getting a lifetime ban due to being honest about having smoked weed in the past, it can be challenging to gain re-access to the U.S. Canadians can apply for a waiver, which is valid for between 6 months and five years, costing around $580.
A U.S. immigration lawyer even said Justin Trudeau could be barred from travelling to the U.S. once he’s no longer prime minister because he admitted to smoking pot.
“He’s admitted to smoking marijuana as an MP,” Len Saunders, a lawyer for The Immigration Law Firm in Washington state, told Canadian senators. “The second that Prime Minister Trudeau is no longer prime minister, travelling on a diplomatic passport, he is no longer admissible to the United States.”