Trav­ellers to Canada will be asked if they’re car­ry­ing pot

The Beacon Herald - - NATIONAL NEWS - JIM BRONSKILL THE CANA­DIAN PRESS

OT­TAWA — Trav­ellers to Canada will be rou­tinely asked whether they are bring­ing mar­i­juana into the coun­try as Ot­tawa moves to le­gal­ize recre­ational pot use.

Signs will also be posted at ma­jor ports of en­try to re­mind peo­ple that the unau­tho­rized im­por­ta­tion of pot re­mains il­le­gal, said Pe­ter Hill, as­so­ciate vice-pres­i­dent of the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency.

In ad­di­tion, the bor­der agency plans a com­mu­ni­ca­tions cam­paign through so­cial me­dia to en­sure trav­ellers “are aware of the new leg­is­la­tion and the re­quire­ments,” Hill told MPs on the House of Com­mons pub­lic safety com­mit­tee.

The gov­ern­ment is de­vot­ing more than $110 mil­lion over five years to Pub­lic Safety, the RCMP and the Canada Bor­der Ser­vices Agency to en­sure or­ga­nized crime does not in­fil­trate the le­gal­ized sys­tem and to keep pot from cross­ing bor­ders.

The ques­tion to trav­ellers about mar­i­juana will be sim­i­lar to those that of­fi­cers al­ready ask about other con­trolled or pro­hib­ited goods, such as firearms, food and an­i­mal prod­ucts, said Jay­den Robert­son, a bor­der agency spokesman.

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