Regional Pot Workers Could Face Lifetime Ban From US News Centre News

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A senior U.S. border official told news site Politico that Canadians in the burgeoning sector could be deemed inadmissible to the US.

Canada is scheduled to legalize recreational use of the drug on October 17, but it is still illegal under US federal law, despite major states like Colorado and California loosening restrictions.

That process costs US$585, takes several months to work through, and.U.S. Customs and Border Patrol gets the final say.

"We don't recognize that as a legal business", the official said, adding that marijuana investors from Israel have already been turned away.

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In the meantime, workers in Canada's cannabis sector should stay away from the US border until they find a new job, said Levitt. Politico says CBP did not specify any minimum level of investment that could trigger a ban.

According to a U.S. Customs and Border Patrol senior official, those who work in the cannabis industry, those who invest in the cannabis industry, and anybody who tells a U.S. customs agent that he or she has smoked pot-ever-risk a lifetime ban on travel to the U.S. Individual stocks have posted more outsize gains, with Tilray Inc. up more than 600 percent since its July IPO.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday Canada is working with USA officials try to make sure travel between the two countries is not disrupted.

"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Canada's public safety office told Bloomberg.

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Grant McLeod, a senior vice-president of regulatory affairs at Beleave Kannibis, has been in the USA several times since entering the cannabis industry. "Officials from the United States have said that they do not plan on changing their questions at primary inspection after cannabis is legalized in Canada".

Canadians spent $19.8 billion on tourism south of the border in 2016, according to the International Trade Administration.

Immigration lawyers have said they have heard similar stories from clients in the industry. "If you work for the industry, that is grounds for inadmissibility".

In an extensive interview with Politico, Todd Owen, the executive assistant commissioner for the Customs and Border Protection's (CBP) Office of Field Operations, said, "Our officers are not going to be asking everyone whether they have used marijuana, but if other questions lead there-or if there is a smell coming from the vehicle, they might ask". "That you are going to start seeing some problems with - especially if they buy operations or start doing business with a USA company", he said.

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