"We don't recognize that as a legal business", Todd Owen, executive assistant commissioner for the Office of Field Operations at CBP, told POLITICO Pro Canada, a new subscription news service and daily newsletter focused on Canada-U.S. relations. "Facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in USA states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect an individual's admissibility to the U.S.".
If someone attempting to cross the border into the us admits to past use of illegal drugs, he or she would be deemed inadmissible to enter. But lying to a border agent also carries the risk of a lifetime ban, officials say.
"But there is no question that we are working with USA officials; they have legalized marijuana in a number of their states, and we're trying to make sure that travel between our two countries (is) not disrupted".
The StoneCastle Cannabis Growth Fund comes into play a month before recreational cannabis is set to become legal in Canada on October 17. This is likely to cause a lot of problems for Canadians crossing the border.
Canadian Public Safety Minister Ralph Goodale has often said he's working with USA law enforcement to clarify the changes and make sure the border remains smooth.
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"Despite one-in-eight Canadians using cannabis today, 400,000 people move between our two countries every day nearly entirely without incident", Goodale spokesman Scott Bardsley said by email.
So even after legalization in Canada, if a traveller admits to past use of any illegal drugs, including marijuana, the traveller will be found to be inadmissible into the United States.
Canadians with no involvement with pot may find their travel also seriously delayed, as the US steps up screening post-legalization.
"It's going to happen even more, and especially now that they're going after business travelers, it's going to be the Wild West at the border".
Canadians crossing the boarder who like to smoke the occasional marijuana should keep that to themselves otherwise they might be refused entry into the land of the free.
NORML staff today responded to reports that the US Customs and Border Protection Agency will enforce a federal policy denying entry into the United States any individual involved Canada's burgeoning marijuana market.