Regardless of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s efforts to legalize marijuana, Canadian travellers have to be warned that carrying it into the US is hazardous enterprise.
The US border is a federal jurisdiction, managed by the State Division, and the importation of marijuana—whether or not commercially or in small quantities for private use—is prohibited and might get you turned again on the border. Furthermore, if, beneath questioning by the customs and border protection agent, you admit and even give the suspicion that you’ve got ever used pot, even for medical functions, you will be barred from getting into the US without end.
If that sounds excessive, perceive that it has occurred. Depart your “legalize marijuana” t-shirts at residence as carrying them can be fairly sufficient for an agent to show you away. She or he doesn’t have to justify the motion. Border brokers have the authority to bar your entry for a mess of causes they don’t have to elucidate to you.
Marijuana use could also be authorized in Canada as a complete, however it’s of no consequence to frame protection brokers. It’s an unlawful substance within the eyes of the federal authorities and no state legislation can supersede that. Neither can a plea that it’s permissible beneath sure circumstances in your nation.
One nation’s legal guidelines aren’t essentially binding on one other. And if you enter one other nation, you have to abide by the legal guidelines of that nation: you’re a visitor.
The US has an enormous drug abuse drawback, now centered totally on opioids. To implement one set of legal guidelines on the southern border and one other on the northern can be irrational, illogical and simply plain politically unenforceable.
And to argue that marijuana is just not an opioid, or is innocent, or is helpful for some medical causes and shouldn’t be linked with different extra harmful medication, is an argument that has been happening for a lot of generations.
So don’t make plans for packing away only a small quantity in one in all your sneakers in case you possibly can’t make a connection in Washington or California or Florida. The implications will be extreme past your perception.
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