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Oct 12, 2018

USCBP Issues Statement on Canada’s Legalization of Marijuana and Crossing the Border

On October 9, 2018, the U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) agency released a statement with respect to the admissibility of Canadian citizens, who work in the legal marijuana industry in Canada, to the United States.

The U.S. CBP’s statement clarifies that Canadian citizens who are either working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in Canada, and who are entering the U.S. for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry, will generally be admissible to the United States.

However, Canadian travellers who are entering the U.S. for reasons related to the marijuana industry may be deemed inadmissible. The U.S. CBP has not specified what types of activities are related or unrelated to the marijuana industry and so some uncertainty about admissibility to the U.S. still remains.

Canadian citizens who have previous criminal convictions or charges related to cannabis continue to be inadmissible to the U.S., irrespective of the Canadian cannabis laws at the time of proposed entry to the U.S.  

For additional information about the impact of Canada’s legalization of marijuana on entry in the United States please contact us directly.

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