A lot that has changed since cannabis became legal in Canada. And now, there are concerns that Canadians are being questioned by border officers when trying to enter the United States. There have even been reports of those who have admitted to using cannabis being denied entry.
Discover Estevan reached out to the U.S. Customs and Border Protection for a statement. They would not grant an interview but they did provide the following statement:
“U.S. Customs and Border Protection enforces the laws of the United States. Although medical and recreational marijuana may be legal in some U.S. States and Canada, the sale, possession, production and distribution of marijuana all remain illegal under U.S. federal law. Consequently, crossing the border with marijuana is prohibited and could potentially result in fines, apprehension or both."
"CBP is always concerned about criminal activity at our U.S. borders. CBP officers are the nation’s first line of defense, including prevention of illegal importation of narcotics. U.S. federal law prohibits the importation of marijuana and CBP officers will continue to enforce that law."
"CBP officers are highly trained to detect the illegal importation of narcotics. CBP’s mission to prevent this illegal importation will remain unchanged.”