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Border official: Canadians entering US risk lifetime ban for marijuana use | TheHill

If a traveler admits to past use of any drugs that are illegal in the USA, such as marijuana, he or she will be found inadmissible.

Also, marijuana residue - which can linger inside of a vehicle - could possibly be detected by inspection dogs and lead to further questioning.

Recreational cannabis will become legal in Canada on October 17.

If such history is learned about someone trying to cross the border, Owen explained, or they lie about it, "that's fraud and misrepresentation, which carries a lifetime ban".

Owen also said officers won't be asking everyone about their marijuana use or link, only if questions lead there.

People with connections to Canada's nascent legal cannabis industry say they're increasingly concerned about the prospect of a lifetime travel ban from the United States.

Canada is about to become the second country in the world and the world's first major industrialized nation to legalize recreational marijuana, but the drug remains illegal under USA federal law.

Typically, travellers will be given the opportunity to "voluntary withdraw" from the border, or they face an "expedited removal".

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However, Owen, who oversees U.S border operations, said the traveler would still be able to apply for a waiver from the lifetime ban, which can takes months to be processed and costs $585. Companies hiring new employees should ask prospective hires if they have any current or past connection to the marijuana industry that could put them in the crosshairs of US border officials, he said.

In his interview with Politico, Owen added that Canadians should not expect cannabis-related questions as a matter of routine while crossing the border. USA officials also warn that any form of participation in the sector could likewise cause someone to be turned away, signaling potential problems for investors.

"I think it's incredibly unsafe for someone to [lie], especially if they are somebody who works in the industry and their affiliation with the industry is readily available online", said Enenajor.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau downplayed the matter on Tuesday, though he has said publicly he has smoked pot.

"Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana remain illegal under U.S. federal law", Niezgoda said.

"Every country has the right to judge who gets to come into their borders or not".

"A lot of people don't understand that they are still going to have problems after legalization", said Henry Chang, a partner at Blaney McMurtry LLP in Toronto who handles immigration law on both sides of the border.

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