Pot work­ers won’t au­to­mat­i­cally be de­nied en­try into U.S., bor­der agency says

Asian Journal - - NATION -

Ot­tawa: The United States says Cana­di­ans who work in the mar­i­juana in­dus­try will not be barred out­right from en­ter­ing the coun­try. The U.S. Cus­toms and Bor­der Pro­tec­tion agency says in an up­dated state­ment that some­one work­ing in the le­gal pot in­dus­try in Canada will “gen­er­ally be ad­mis­si­ble” as long as their travel is not re­lated to the in­dus­try. But the state­ment says they could still be blocked if their rea­son for travel is busi­ness. The up­date clar­i­fies a state­ment is­sued in Septem­ber which said work­ing in the in­dus­try could be an is­sue for cross­ing the bor­der and could even be hit with a life­time ban.

The news will be a sigh of re­lief for hun­dreds of Cana­di­ans al­ready work­ing to scale up Canada’s le­gal pot in­dus­try ahead of the le­gal­iza­tion of recre­ational mar­i­juana next week.

The U.S. bor­der agency warns that some­one who abuses drugs or ad­mits to break­ing any Amer­i­can laws would be in­ad­mis­si­ble but that work­ing in the le­gal in­dus­try in Canada is not grounds to au­to­mat­i­cally re­ject en­try.

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