CBP says cannabis industry workers won't automatically be banned from U.S.

By CHAT News - Medicine Hat
October 11, 2018 - 1:11pm

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Canadians who work in the cannabis industry will no longer be outright banned from entering the United States.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection released a statement on Tuesday, clarifying the rules of entry for those who will be working in the legal cannabis industry.

“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 statement reads.

The CBP adds that if a traveller is found to be coming to the United States for “reason related to the marijuana industry, they may be deemed inadmissible.”

Last month, the agency’s policy indicated those who worked in the cannabis industry could face a lifetime ban on entering the United States.

While several states have legalized cannabis for recreational or medical use, the sale, use, possession and distribution of cannabis, along with importing cannabis across the border, remains illegal under U.S. federal law.

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