Issues start with legalization of pot and crossing to U.S.
Since Canada’s legalization of recreational marijuana, U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) Office of Field Operations Area Port of Sweetgrass has encountered travelers arriving from Canada in possession of marijuana. Most recently, two U.S. citizens entering the United States through the Sweetgrass Port of Entry admitted to having possession of a marijuana pipe. They also admitted to purchasing marijuana in Canada. CBP officers discovered hash oil during a search of their vehicle along with other declared items. The two were arrested and turned over to Toole County Sheriff’s office for prosecution.
CBP would like to remind travelers that although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. states and Canada, the sale, possession, production, and distribution of marijuana, or the facilitation of these activities remain illegal under U.S. Federal Law. Crossing the border or arriving at a U.S. port of entry in violation of this law may result in denied admission, seizure, fines, and/or arrest. Requirements for international travelers wishing to enter the U.S. are governed by and conducted in accordance with U.S. Federal Law. Any arriving alien who is determined to be a drug abuser or addict, or who is convicted of, admits having committed, or admits committing, acts which constitute the essential elements of a violation of (or an attempt or conspiracy to violate) any law or regulation of a State, the United States, or a foreign country relating to a controlled substance, is inadmissible. A Canadian citizen working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, coming to the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry will generally be admissible to the U.S. But, if a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible.
“Our highly trained CBP officers are our great nation’s first line of defence. They continually work to detect and prevent the illegal importation of narcotics, including marijuana. This mission remains unchanged. CBP is proud to work together with our state and local law enforcement partners to enforce our nation’s laws.” stated Sweetgrass Area Port Director Daniel Escobedo.