CANADIAN MARIJUANA INVESTOR IS PERMANENTLY BANNED FROM THE UNITED STATES
- November 22, 2018
While recreational marijuana (and pot-infused products) has been officially legal since October 17, Canada has continued to experience some major changes in its infrastructure. Needless to say, not all of them have been good. Recently, one Canadian company entered intense negotiations with a former partner in Germany, and multiple consumers were victimized by a consumer privacy breach. So what else could possibly go wrong for our neighbor to the north? Recently, a Canadian marijuana investor was permanently banned from entering the United States. So why has this man been prevented from being in our country? Let’s take a closer look at the situation and find out why one of our neighbors didn’t exactly experience neighborly behavior in Americana.
A Victim of Unfortunate Circumstance
Based on the report from the Financial Post, the unidentified investor had been traveling directly from Vancouver International Airport to Las Vegas, Nevada to take place in the MJBizCon last week. Recently, Len Saunders (a Washington State lawyer who is representing the investor) explained that border patrol agents distributed across Canadian checkpoints had been told to stay on high alert for people traveling to the marijuana show in Vegas. Likewise, Saunders initially perceived that his client was targeted for investing in the cannabis market, but the unidentified man had been banned due to admitting he was going to attend the convention.
Overall, this lifetime ban marks the first incident since the Canadian government legalized marijuana through the Cannabis Act on October 17. Although the penalty is harsh, this ban does fall in line with the rules of the US Customs and Border Protection Agency’s (CPB, Homeland Security) updated shift in policy.
Back in October, the CPB lightened its border crossing policy to ensure that Canadians working in the marijuana industry could freely cross into the United States as long as their activities were not related to the market, overall. During that time, Saunders criticized America’s policy as hypocritical, but the Canadian government has also required its citizens to be honest about cannabis use, opening up the floodgates for controversy.
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