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Canadians working in cannabis industry allowed into U.S. if purpose not related to work, U.S. clarifies

Diana Pereira, 680News and CityNews

In a new update to the U.S. border policy, if a Canadian working in the cannabis industry is travelling to the United States “for reasons unrelated to the marijuana industry,” then they “will generally be admissible to the U.S.”

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection website includes that statement; the webpage was posted on Sept. 21 and updated on Oct. 9.

The policy still states that if the purpose for travel is related to the cannabis industry, travellers “may be deemed inadmissible.”

Previously, it was thought that anyone working in the cannabis industry would be deemed inadmissible to the U.S., regardless of their purpose of travel.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection agency spokesperson said in a statement in September that “working in or facilitating the proliferation of the legal marijuana industry in U.S. states where it is deemed legal or Canada may affect a foreign national’s admissibility to the United States.”