U.S. Customs and Border Protection has announced an update in policy which directs that Canadians in the legal cannabis industry will not be banned from entering the United States. The update was published online by the CBP on Tuesday.
“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.,” the update reads. “However, if a traveler is found to be coming to the U.S. for reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible.”
Len Saunders, an immigration lawyer from Blaine, Washington, said that the update contradicts an announcement released on September 21.
“It’s a 180-degree turnaround from their statement two weeks ago,” said Saunders.
The original statement clearly noted that employment in Canada’s legal cannabis industry could be cited as cause for denial of entry.
“As marijuana continues to be a controlled substance under United States law, working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect admissibility to the U.S.,” reads the original statement.
The CBP announcement also notes