Is­sues start with le­gal­iza­tion of pot and cross­ing to U.S.: U.S. Cus­toms and Border Pro­tec­tion

Prairie Post (East Edition) - - Opinion - CONTRIBUTE­D

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.

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